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Mark Hamill poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in London, Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Luke Skywalker’s favorite “Star Wars” film is the one where he gets his hand cut off.

“Star Wars” legend Mark Hamill told The Hollywood Reporter that “Empire” is his favorite “Star Wars” film for a specific reason.

  • "It's like, pick your favorite child. You like them all for different reasons," Hamill told The Hollywood Reporter. "I guess I'd have to go with ‘Empire,’ only because it was so unexpected to have the protagonist be so soundly defeated. Losing the hand and the dad Vader, all of it was pretty unexpected. And it was much more cerebral. Yoda is such an important addition to the mythology and I thought it was so clever of George, the concept of the Force, so you can talk about religion and spirituality without making everyone uncomfortable. So, for that alone."

Yes, but: Hamill said he hasn’t watched the original “Star Wars” films in longer than a decade, according to

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  • "I don't know how many total, but I know the last time I saw them was 21 years ago when they were re-released as Special Editions," the actor confirmed when asked how many times he had seen the films. "Even then, I didn't plan to go to the theater. I said, 'Well, just send me copies,' to Lucasfilm, and my kids were young and said, 'Oh, daddy, but we haven't seen them in the theater.' I said, 'Well, you've got a point.' They had only seen them on home video. So we saw each one once, in 1998."

Date: Hamill returns to the “Star Wars” universe in “Episode IX” later this year.