Mark Hamill Never Thought He'd Play The Joker Again

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Mark Hamill Never Thought He'd Play The Joker Again

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After Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars, many thought his career was in the sh*tter, until he re-birthed himself as an excellent voiceactor in games like Arkham Asylum.

Hamill discussed his career as a voiceover actor in an interview with CVG. Mark Hamill reprised the role of Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum this summer, after he was the voice of the insane criminal in Batman: The Animated Series from 1992 to 2004. He never thought he'd get to play him again, until he was approached by Rocksteady. The fact that Kevin Conroy, also from the animated series, was on board as Batman and the game was to be penned by Lost and longtime Batman writer Paul Dini made Hamill's return to the role an easy decision. And as we saw at this year's VGA awards, Hamill is set to voice the Joker in the sequel to Arkham Asylum.

Hamill is ok with the direction his career has taken since his huge debut in Star Wars. "I'm sure there's a range of opinions, from 'You're slumming it', or 'Can't you get more legitimate work?' But that snobbishness comes with the business," he said.

George Lucas has made a whole bunch of stuff in the decades since Hamill knew him. Has the actor purposefully resisted going back to his famous role? "I don't really know how to answer that, because I've never been asked to do it. That's fine, though. If you're playing Luke the way he was in the films - from his late teens to mid-'20s - I've outgrown the role. In the story, Luke is so boy-next-door farm boy, it's like Dorothy in Oz. All the other characters that surround him are fantastic. I'm not sure when George's animated series Clone Wars is set, but I think it's before Luke was born. Maybe when he was an infant."

Hamill was one of the first established actors to embrace roles in videogames, from the Wing Commander series to Adrian Ripburger in Full Throttle. But it was his turn as Joker that has given him the most acclaim. Why did he come back to the role after so long a break?

I played Joker from 1992 to 2004 in all the animated versions, including the feature films. I stopped in 2004 and didn't expect to return to him, so when they asked me to come back I was curious. I thought this will be one last chance to play Joker. And it was so much fun to play a character who is clearly insane.

Where does he draw inspiration for the Joker's insane laugh? "I have this absolute abandon when it came to Joker's laugh," he said. "It's like a musical instrument. He laughs at really inappropriate times and finds things funny that sane people do not. I wanted to make that a large part of my arsenal in terms of approaching the character. There are so many people that I pay homage to: a little Dwight Schultz [the A-Team's Murdock] here, Dracula's Renfield there."

He went on to discuss why the Joker's character was so popular in every iteration of the Batman story. "Joker is endearing because he's so committed to what he considers his own genius. There's a real symbiotic relationship with Batman. I don't know if there are two fictional characters more perfectly suited to one another. Maybe Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. He takes such glee in what he does. It's absurd on its face - you can't bring too much real-life logic to it, but within the comic book world, he towers above so many other run-of-the mill villains."

Source: CVG

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Jesus Mark Hamill looks old.

He does do a great voice-over of the Joker though.

Joker is so committed to what he considers his own genius... Wasn't John Lennon like that?

Oh, who cares? We all love you, Mark.

He was in Full Throttle too.

I need a sequel by the way, if you're watching Tim Schafer.

Mark Hamill is amazing as the Joker. Simple as that.
Anyone else is a two-bit sham compared to him
/opinion

I personal think he did the best joker "preparing to be flamed"

Ha! My best friends name is Mark Hammel. Only reason I read this article.

Judging by his comments on the Clone Wars he's clearly not a fan boy, as if that were a bad thing.

And he provides a definitive Joker. Ledger might provide an adult gritty Joker, but Hamil IS the Joker.

I need to know when he'll return to his BEST character . . . COCK-KNOCKER!!!!

seious:
"preparing to be flamed"

Why? The novelty of Heath Ledger is over, everyone can see the truth now!

Hammil, never stop VAing the Joker. Pride doesn;t pay the grocery bills. And it makes you a nerd GOD.

HUBILUB:

seious:
"preparing to be flamed"

Why? The novelty of Heath Ledger is over, everyone can see the truth now!

oh really so i can say he only won that awardd because he died

seious:

HUBILUB:

seious:
"preparing to be flamed"

Why? The novelty of Heath Ledger is over, everyone can see the truth now!

oh really so i can say he only won that awardd because he died

Yes, you can.

Or at least, you can in theory.

I hate the Joker.

seious:
I personal think he did the best joker "preparing to be flamed"

Seconded except with out the preparing to be flamed part. Replace with *Raises flame-sheild and an added 'cept Heath

seious:
I personal think he did the best joker "preparing to be flamed"

Why prepare to be flamed? Hamill IS the best joker of all conceivable time and space, it is not opinion, it is a FACT!

"re-birthed himself as an excellent voiceactor in games like Arkham Asylum."

Is the one bit on that article that bugs me... It kinda says he didn't do well as the Joker until Arkham Asylum.

I can't think of a better Joker then the one Mark Hamil voiced.

The last time I saw a Batman animation with the Joker,He was some ape like dude who fought with his fists and even though his voice matched his body frame I missed that trademark laugh and insanity. I guess I just missed the classics.

He's a brilliant voice actor, and frankly, after seeing the "New Generation of Star Wars," I think it's safe to say that Mark Hamill has become too good for the Star Wars franchise. And quite frankly, I want to see him do more voice-acting in video games: he's got a brilliant range, unlike some other overrated voice actors.

TsunamiWombat:
Hammil, never stop VAing the Joker. Pride doesn;t pay the grocery bills. And it makes you a nerd GOD.

lol, he did a great jobg at it! And this is true! People will love you! XD

Good for him. Now, Bethesda should grab him for ES5.

Still, my favorite VA ever is Jennifer Hale.

Female Shepard in Mass Effect>>>>>>>>>>>>>Male Shepard.

The Joker is awesome. Mark Hamill as the Joker is awesome. What's there not to love?

HardRockSamurai:
He's a brilliant voice actor, and frankly, after seeing the "New Generation of Star Wars," I think it's safe to say that Mark Hamill has become too good for the Star Wars franchise. And quite frankly, I want to see him do more voice-acting in video games: he's got a brilliant range, unlike some other overrated voice actors.

I wouldn't say he's over rated, he is a good voice actor. Not the best, but is worthy of mention when you bring up good VAs.

SHIT! LUKE SKYWALKER WAS THE JOKER? I BEAT UP LUKE SKYWALKER?

chozo_hybrid:

HardRockSamurai:
He's a brilliant voice actor, and frankly, after seeing the "New Generation of Star Wars," I think it's safe to say that Mark Hamill has become too good for the Star Wars franchise. And quite frankly, I want to see him do more voice-acting in video games: he's got a brilliant range, unlike some other overrated voice actors.

I wouldn't say he's over rated, he is a good voice actor. Not the best, but is worthy of mention when you bring up good VAs.

To set the record straight, I don't think he's a bad voice actor, I just think he's undeserving of his cult following. Also, he's got silly hair.

Damn, the years have not treated Mr. Skywalker kindly.

maybe thats why darth vader wore his suit...

GeneralGrant:
Jesus Mark Hamill looks old.

that was part of his issue after Star Wars, he had a bike accident before Return of the Jedi. also there was the stigma of him being Luke Skywalker

the cool part is he's a total comic book geek and would probly beat us at a comic book trivia game. the story goes he showed up to the set of the Flash tv show and told some of the producers what they should do with the characters, most of them had no clue about them.

HardRockSamurai:

chozo_hybrid:

HardRockSamurai:
He's a brilliant voice actor, and frankly, after seeing the "New Generation of Star Wars," I think it's safe to say that Mark Hamill has become too good for the Star Wars franchise. And quite frankly, I want to see him do more voice-acting in video games: he's got a brilliant range, unlike some other overrated voice actors.

I wouldn't say he's over rated, he is a good voice actor. Not the best, but is worthy of mention when you bring up good VAs.

To set the record straight, I don't think he's a bad voice actor, I just think he's undeserving of his cult following. Also, he's got silly hair.

Out of curiosity, why is that? Good call on the hair, I agree XD

Here's to another great Batman game. I hope they won't get too comfortable and give us something like what was done with L4D2.

Much as I love Cesar Romero's portrayal, Mark Hamill's laugh IS the Joker now.

But please, get Harley's original threads back. She's not a kevlar hooker.

I must admit, Mark Hamill's "Joker Laugh" is fucking amazing. o_O

chozo_hybrid:

HardRockSamurai:

chozo_hybrid:

HardRockSamurai:
He's a brilliant voice actor, and frankly, after seeing the "New Generation of Star Wars," I think it's safe to say that Mark Hamill has become too good for the Star Wars franchise. And quite frankly, I want to see him do more voice-acting in video games: he's got a brilliant range, unlike some other overrated voice actors.

I wouldn't say he's over rated, he is a good voice actor. Not the best, but is worthy of mention when you bring up good VAs.

To set the record straight, I don't think he's a bad voice actor, I just think he's undeserving of his cult following. Also, he's got silly hair.

Out of curiosity, why is that? Good call on the hair, I agree XD

Why? Simply because ANYONE can do the voice of Solid Snake. To be fair, Hayter's voice acting focuses more on believable projection rather than a large vocal range, but that still doesn't distract from the fact that there are probably hundreds of unknown voice actors who could have performed the role just as well as he did.

And did I mention that he has fucking stupid hair?

I used to watch the Animated series when I was little. Its good to see Mark getting his career back. (Also nerd point: The Dark Nights Joker is sightly based on the Joker of the Animated series)

Uh, mark hamill has been doing voice acting for years. He's done some robot chicken, some stuff in Avatar: TLA, Spiro, Futurama, Call of duty 2, family guy, Grandia Xtreme, Icewind dale, wing commander and a whole lot more. Just because he didn't launch out of star wars like harrison ford doesn't mean he's not a solid actor.

He was awesome in the Wing Commander games too

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