Mark Hamill Shares The Amazing Story About How He Was Cast As THE JOKER
The Joker is one of the most iconic villains, not only in comics, but in pop culture today. That in part has to do with how terrifying Mark Hamill has made him with the voice he came up with. Not only did that voice lead to Hamill voicing the character in Batman The Animated Series, but it lead to multiple animated movies and video games as well.
Yesterday, Hamill did a Reddit AMA as documented in Cody’s Star Wars write up from yesterday. A number of topics were touched on during the AMA, and I urge anyone to follow the source link to give it a read in its entirety. One of the more interesting bits though was when he was asked about how he got the gig as The Joker. Check out his answer below:
“Well I’d heard that they were going to do and the model for the campaigns would be the Max Fleischer Superman cartoons of the 40’s, and I’m a huge animation fan it knew it would be a much more sophisticated version. The gave me the part of Ferris Boyle in the first Mr. Freeze episode “Heart of Ice.” What I loved about it, I thought it was so melancholy and so deep. Paul Dini wrote it and later got nominated for an Emmy. So I did it and I think what happened was that they were surprised what a fan boy I was, and how much I knew about Batman. I asked all these specific questions referencing the early comics.
So when they were doing the Joker auditions I think that played a big part as they asked me to audition. I thought no way would they have the person that played Luke Skywalker cast as the Joker – they are the quintessential extremes of good and evil. So I just assumed they wouldn’t hire me so I went in with no apprehension. And I had been doing Amadeus on Broadway for the year. And so I was experimenting with that laugh for Amadeus and I brought it to the Joker audition and it player really well. And I felt cocky when I left and thought “That’s the best Joker they are every going to hear – too bad they can’t hire me.” And then two weeks later when they called and said I got the job I immediately lost my confidence.
And then my friend told me you’re pretty brave. And I said why is that? And he said I wouldn’t want to follow Jack Nicholson on anything. And then I got even more scared. But fear is a great motivator.”
The rest, as they say is history. Hamill has become the voice synonymous with The Joker character. Personally it’s hard to read a Batman comic when The Joker is featured not to imagine Hamill’s voice when reading it. As of right now Hamill has retired as the voice of The Joker, but has stated if WB Animation adapts The Killing Joke, he would be on board to do it. Maybe a petition is in order?
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Source : Reddit