Mark Hamill has expressed admiration for a young boy who refused to fight back against his bullies, citing “the Jedi way” as the reason he wouldn’t defend himself.
According to reports, ten-year-old Aiden Vasquez ended up in the hospital needing stitches after being attacked by some of his schoolmates, and when his mother asked why he hadn’t defended himself he cited Star Wars as the main reason.
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“I told my mom, I got it from ‘Star Wars, that it’s not the Jedi way,” he told NBC’s local California TV station KMIR.
And now Hamill himself, aka the franchise’s most famous Jedi Luke Skywalker, has responded to the story, describing himself as “astonished” and full of admiration for the boy’s courage.
“I’m astonished by his wisdom & courage such a tender age,” Hamill tweeted.
“I may be a fictional Jedi, but this boy is the real deal. Not sure how to reach out to him, but I hope he sees this message & knows how much I admire him.”
Later, he added the following tweet, describing himself as “a fan” of the young boy.
SHOUT OUT to Aiden Vazquez for his courage & wisdom in the face of adversity. I'm so proud of you for showing that you can be a Jedi in real life. Congratulations, Aiden- The Force will be with YOU… Always!!!
Your fan, mh https://t.co/jkWqrhMaC0
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 29, 2018
Clearly, when it comes to Star Wars, sometimes the fans can inspire just as much as the characters themselves.
Star Wars Episode IX will be released in December 2019