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Mark Hamill Is the Best Part of The Fall of the House of Usher


The Luke Skywalker and Joker actor is having a ball in Mike Flanagan’s ode to Edgar Allan Poe on Netflix.

The Fall of the House of Usher. Mark Hamill as Arthur Pym in episode 106 of The Fall of the House of Usher.
Photo: Eike Schroter | Netflix

This article contains spoilers for Netflix’s The Fall of the House of Usher.

Horror auteur Mike Flanagan is known for working with many of the same actors across his suite of spooky TV and film projects. Naturally, the writer/director’s latest for Netflix, the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired The Fall of the House of Usher, features quite a few familiar faces.

By our count, more than 20 actors from previous Flanagan projects also appear in Usher, including: Bruce Greenwood (Gerald’s Game), Samantha Sloyan (Midnight Mass, The Midnight Club), and Flanagan’s wife and long-time collaborator Kate Siegel (The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor). In addition to all the recurring players in Mike Flanagan’s acting troupe, however, there’s one Flana-newbie who outshines (pun intended) them all in The Fall of the House of Usher: Mark Hamill.

The Luke Skywalker actor is given one of the meatiest roles in The Fall of the House of Usher and he knows just what to do with it. While his character, Arthur Pym, shares a name and rough backstory with a Poe creation from the novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Hamill looks elsewhere for inspiration in crafting the Usher family’s powerful lawyer. Putting it simply: Arthur Pym is a fixer. He’s paid a lot of money to fix the Ushers’ messes through any means necessary. Oftentimes this means defending their Fortunato pharmaceutical company’s dangerous opioid “ligodone” in court, but it can also mean getting his hands dirty – metaphorically and literally.

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