In his first interview since announcing his retirement, former “Star Wars” actor Anthony “Solo” Daniels said he doesn’t want the label of a Jedi Knight to make him feel ashamed.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday, Daniels, who starred in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” talked about the decision to call himself a Jedi and said he has no regrets about it.
“I feel like the only thing I want is to be recognized as an actor, and that is my motivation, so I don’t really want to change that,” Daniels said.
“I don’s like a Jedi.
That’s what I want to do.”
He said he had no qualms about taking on the title as a role model.
“People are really looking for something like that,” he said.
Daniels, who recently starred in a comedy called “The Big Fat Quiz,” said he wanted to be a role player, which he described as a “big challenge” to his career.
“It’s hard to find something that fits your personality and your style, and so I think I’ve been successful at it,” he added.
“And I don’ think it’s a bad thing to try and find something, but I think it can be a bit overwhelming to the people that you’re trying to get to.
I’ve done it and it was not that good, so it’s definitely a challenge.”
Daniens role as Luke Skywalker in “The Force Awakens” led to the biggest marketing push in the franchise’s history, as the star’s likeness appeared in billboards across the globe and on social media.
Daniels said his biggest role was playing “Star” Boba Fett in the upcoming “StarWars: The Last Jedi.”
“I just wanted to make sure that I was not being the only one in the galaxy.
That was the biggest challenge, that I didn’t want my name to be associated with that.
So I just wanted everybody to know that I am in fact the star of ‘StarWars,'” he said in the interview.
“There is no question about it.”