Mark Hamill says one of his 2020 goals is to meet Natalie Portman. The two Star Wars actors have never met each other, which is rather surprising. Portman famously first played Luke Skywalker's mother Padme Amidala in 1999's The Phantom Menace. In 2018, Hamill revealed that he had never met Portman, which was brought up by Stephen Colbert when he was interviewing the actress around the same time. Portman also admitted that they had not met, but that she would 'love' to meet him.
A Star Wars fan brought up Natalie Portman's 2018 comments to Mark Hamill on social media over the weekend and asked if they had been able to meet yet. Hamill, said 'Not yet, but it's very high on my 2020 To-Do List.' While it would be nice to see the two actors meetup, it will more than likely be in the future since everybody is practicing social distancing. Everybody, including Hamill and Portman are staying inside their homes and away from the outside world.
Hopefully 2020 will be able to turn around and allow Mark Hamill and Natalie Portman to meet up. Portman was able to briefly meet her Star Wars daughter, Carrie Fisher, before she passed away. Fans were hoping that Portman was going to show up in the sequel trilogy, but that was not to be. Anakin Skywalker actor Hayden Christensen provided his voice for The Rise of Skywalker, which raised excitement. Christensen had been rumored to be a part of the sequel trilogy for just as long as Portman was.
The Skywalker Saga Blu-ray boxed set was recently released and it features a Farwell letter from Mark Hamill. The Luke Skywalker actor posted his note to fans on social media, which served as a heartfelt goodbye to the Star Wars franchise. He indicated that everybody in the movies and the fans have become a large family over the past 40+ years, which is pretty much true, even though it gets to be a bit dysfunctional at times. The letter from Hamill got a lot of attention from fans and made people realize how much they love the franchise. Now is a perfect time to go back and watch all of the movies from all three trilogies since we have so much free time on our hands now.
For now, Mark Hamill and Natalie Portman might have to meet via Zoom or facetime since we're not really allowed to leave the house unless it's to go to the grocery store or pharmacy. As for where the Star Wars franchise goes next, that is a mystery on the big screen. For now, the next movie is still on schedule to be released in December 2022. As for the small screen, we'll hopefully see The Mandalorian season 2 in October, with the Rogue One prequel and Obi-Wan Kenobi shows in current development. You can check out Mark Hamill's Twitter response below.
Not yet, but it's very high on my 2020 To-Do List.#MeetingMyMovieMamahttps://t.co/d0tCwE3y8i— Mark Hamill @HamillHimself April 6, 2020
With large swathes of the population sitting at home, audiences have a chance to catch up on films that were released years ago and find new insights into their narrative. Recently, a fan who had been watching Suicide Squad with his family reached out to the film's director David Ayer to ask about the meaning behind the scene where the Joker is lying in the middle of a room lined with a circle of knives, guns, and baby clothes. Denying that the baby onesies were trophies after an infanticide spree on the part of the cackling psychopath, Ayer provided the following explanation for the scene instead.'No it's more innocent. Harley wanted a normal family with Joker hence the baby in her vision. I figured she would have endlessly pestered Mr. J about having a kid. So he had Mr. Frost buy some onesies. The circle represents how he sees Harley.'
The scene under discussion comes up early in the story. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is locked up in Arkham, and we see Joker, played by Jared Leto, in his mansion mourning her absence. He has also shown to have drawn a grin across his face using a sharpie, which according to David Ayer, is because...'He was having a hard time smiling without Harley so gave himself some help with a sharpie.'
This introduction sets up the fact that this Joker is unlike any other live-action portrayal of the supervillain as a man who is missing his demon lover. The onesies we see lined up on the floor next to the Joker later make an appearance in the scene where the Enchantress offers Harley her heart's desire, and she imagines a life of domestic bliss with her beloved Mistah J, with their babies wearing the onesies.
How the circle of knives represents Harley in the mind of the Joker is up for debate. Perhaps he fears that his affection for Harley makes her dangerous to him, and thus views her as a circle of knives drawing closer, threatening to destroy him.
This sentiment of Joker being attracted towards Harley and simultaneously hating the fact that she has made him care for her is also played out in the scene where Harley willingly throws herself into a pit of acid on Joker's command. After trying to walk away from the whole thing, Joker almost unwillingly jumps in after her and rescues her, proving that she means more to him than he can bring himself to admit.
From his explanation, it is clear that Ayer had a solid backstory and reasoning behind the script for Suicide Squad, which unfortunately did not translate very well to the big screen. But now that James Gunn has taken over directorial duties on the sequel, there is a chance to see a Suicide Squad film that gets critical acclaim in addition to minting money at the box office. David Ayer on Twitter brings us this news.