Although Mark Hamill will always be remembered as Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker, he’s also played DC Comics’ Joker several times, a role he took on thanks to his early reaction to Michael Keaton’s casting as Batman.
Not many people will remember, but when Michael Keaton was cast as Batman it caused quite a stir, as the actor was not considered an action hero at the time. Above all, because his previous works were almost all comedies such as Del y veit (1986) or Bitelchus (1988). Those negative casting reviews for Tim Burton’s film helped lead Mark Hamill to play the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995).
“I just read it. I had a confidence that really helped me, because there was a lot of commotion about Michael Keaton going to play Batman. Oh, he’s Mr. Mom (The Crazy Adventures of a Mr. Mom) – 1983), he’s a comedy actor. I mean, he didn’t even see it on paper and didn’t know how great it would be. But there was a huge controversy.”
All that controversy freed up Mark Hamill to play the Joker. A role she has shown over the years that she handles it perfectly.
“When I went in for the role of the Joker, I thought: Do you think they’re going to hire Luke Skywalker to play the Joker? Devotees will be blown away! He was so sure he wouldn’t be cast.” could. I was completely relaxed. A lot of times there’s performance anxiety because you want the part, here I knew I couldn’t get the part so who cares? I was thinking in the parking lot: This is the best Joker is all you’ll ever hear, and it’s too bad they couldn’t cast me. And as soon as they cast me, it backfired. I was like, Oh no, I can’t do this!”
The actor continues to lend his voice for several projects.
Mark Hamill will play Art Rosebaum in the second season of Invincible, he will also appear in the film Scoob!: Holiday Hunt and will reprise as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe: Revolution. Whereas in live action we can see it in films like The Fall of the House of Usher and Relatively Super, Thelomeris: City of Darkness and The Life of Chuck.
While all his interventions as Luke Skywalker are available on the Disney Plus streaming platform, which can be accessed from this link.