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Hamill Talks Video Game Voice Acting

Posted By Mike on January 6, 2010

Mark Hamill recently gave an interview to CVG where he talked at length about his post-Star Wars career of video game voice acting. By all means click here for the full interview where Mark touches on the various games he's been a part of, the fantastic actors with whom he's worked, and his take on voicing The Joker. For Star Wars gamers who wonder why we don't hear him voicing Luke Skywalker in video games, see the excerpt below.


"As he developed a parallel career in animation voiceover - becoming a cult star by playing Joker in Batman: The Animated Series - he went on to play characters in games like Starsiege, relishing the challenges of interactive entertainment. In films, actors rarely explore every nuance of a character. In games, characters change depending on the player's decisions. Some games, such as Full Throttle, even gave him a chance to play numerous roles. This was the only time Hamill acted on a LucasArts title.

Considering the amount of Star Wars games released, has he intentionally resisted portraying Skywalker in a game? "When I played Luke from 1977 to 1983, games were in their infancy," he says. "I talked about turning a page and starting a new chapter. Those movies had a beginning, middle and end, and everyone sort of moved on.

"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."

He pauses for thought. "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." Perhaps, then, he could provide infant sounds? "Yeah, whimpering myself to sleep at night."'






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