Keri Russell be damned.
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" arguably went out of its way to prove that Finn and Poe are not in love, introducing two new female characters (including Russell's Zorri Bliss) to serve as stand-in romantic counterparts. Nice try, but people still have their doubts — and that includes Mark Hamill.
In response to a fan question about whether Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) are secret lovers, Hamill, who stars as Luke Skywalker, simply said there's no way to know for sure.
"Luke never met either Finn or Poe," Hamill tweeted. "So what they do behind closed doors I guess I'll never know... But I would like to also note that love is love. Whatever floats your boat."
Hamill, a noted fan of innovative hashtags, closed out the message with "
#LGBTerrific." The tweet quickly went viral, racking up more than 140,000 likes.
Luke never met either Finn or Poe— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 30, 2019
So what they do behind closed doors
I guess I'll never know...
But I would like to also note that love is love
Whatever floats your boat.#LGBTerrific 🌈 https://t.co/swT1F1UsOG
Hamill expressed a similar stance in 2016, when he told The Sun that fans often ask him if Luke Skywalker could be gay.
"It is meant to be interpreted by the viewer," he said. "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."
Also on board with a potential love story were Finn and Poe themselves: Oscar Isaac has consistently asserted that he liked the idea of a romantic relationship between the two men.
"Personally, I kind of hoped and wished that maybe that would’ve been taken further in the other films, but I don’t have control,” Isaac told Variety. “It seemed like a natural progression, but sadly enough it’s a time when people are too afraid, I think, of — I don’t know what. But if they would’ve been boyfriends, that would have been fun."
In another interview, Isaac told IGN that his ideal storyline would have explored "the dynamic between these two men in a war that could've fallen in love with each other ... I would try to push it a bit in that direction, but the Disney overlords were not ready to do that."
Well, at least we still have the GIFs. And the admittedly overreaching fan analyses that accompany them.