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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' length is like 'The Godfather,' Mark Hamill says

The star admitted to initial concerns over the movie's epic length, which were quelled when he saw it.

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Hamill says "The Last Jedi" goes by fast.

John Wilson

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will be the longest movie in the saga yet at 2 hours, 30 minutes, but Mark Hamill said it won't feel like a long sitdown in the theater.

"The good news is I've seen it, and it's like 'The Godfather.' It doesn't feel that long," Hamill told Vanity Fair at a Wednesday night event. "And I'm really cranky. I'm one of those guys where you go see, like, a big superhero movie and you go, 'I really love it, but it's too long!'"

The film's epic length was confirmed by director Rian Johnson in November, who described the length as the natural runtime needed to tell this story. It's not quite as long as Francis Ford Coppola's classic crime saga, which is a hair under 3 hours.

"Any shorter we would be compromising some of the characters and some of the journeys," Johnson said at a press conference in Paris.

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Hamill also admitted to Vanity Fair that the news of the film's length "appalled" him initially, but that was quelled when he saw it. "Episode II: Attack of the Clones" is the longest Star Wars movie to date, at 2 hours, 22 minutes.

"The Last Jedi" continues the adventures of Rey, Finn and Poe from "The Force Awakens," fighting alongside Luke Skywalker and General Leia.

Hamill leads the cast alongside Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron. With the help of CGI, Lupita Nyong'o plays Maz Kanata and Andy Serkis returns to embody Supreme Leader Snoke. The film also features the final performance of the late Carrie Fisher.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opens in theaters around the world on Dec. 14.

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