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Here’s all the proof you need that Mark Hamill is just a swell guy and all around decent person. Speaking in a new interview, he noted that there is nothing in the Star Wars saga that precludes Luke Skywalker from being gay, so gay fans are welcome to treat him as such:

In the old days you would get fan mail. But now fans are writing and ask all these questions, ‘I’m bullied in school… I’m afraid to come out’. They say to me, ‘Could Luke be gay?’ I’d say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.

On the surface, this is just Hamill being a nice guy who is embracing fans of all kinds and helping them find a hero they can relate with in the Star Wars saga. After all, outside of two unfortunate kisses with his sister, Luke is fairly asexual in the original trilogy – so what if he likes the company of other men? That doesn’t change a thing about his character and it can only make young fans who are having trouble with their lives find some grounding in the movies they love

But you could extrapolate a little more from this. If Hamill is comfortable calling Luke gay and he’s read the screenplay for Episode 8, does that mean Luke isn’t Rey’s father, as so many fans believe? Then again, he wouldn’t be the first gay man to have a child but…you know, food for thought and what-not. After all, Hamill has really, really doubled down on saying that Rey isn’t his daughter.

The great Benicio del Toro recently earned a quick paycheck by lending his face to a series of commercials for Heineken beer. And since this is 2016, there’s a commercial for these commercials, which features the Oscar-winner explaining how excited he is to be making a a Heineken commercial. Oh, and he also briefly talks about how he was cast in Episode 8 as a mysterious villain:

They contacted me, they invited me to come to their dance … To do a movie in the Star Wars world is great opportunity to enjoy it with my daughter.

To be fair, he does perk up a little when talking about Star Wars, so at least you know that he probably values that a little bit more than a beer ad.

A few days ago, it was reported that actor Lamin Tamba was playing a character named Daika in Episode 8, but that story was quickly jettisoned. Kind of. Sort of. Making Star Wars reached out to Mr. Tamba himself and was told that yes, he is a member of the Star Wars: Episode 8 cast, but no, he is not playing a character named Daika and cannot say anything else. This isn’t a particularly big surprise – you can’t walk two steps on the internet without stumbling Star Wars misinformation. And if it’s not plain misinformation, it’s almost certainly a codename.

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