Star Wars Celebration VI: Luke Freakin Skywalker…I Mean Mark Hamill…No, I Mean The Joker!
All of these and more, Mark Hamill is more than just a man, he’s an experience. That experience made our 5 hour wait in line absolutely worth it, and I’m still not tired of watching our video.
The original tortured Jedi, Luke Skywalker became almost as iconic as his dark side daddy Darth Vader. Some may argue even more so. So it’s interesting to see the actor behind that character. It’s funny really. Mark and Luke seem to be a lot alike, a trend I noticed with Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels’ respective characters as well. It could definitely be argued that this is intentional, but it still tickles me. Mark has a youthful exuberance much like he portrayed on screen, and it’s absolutely infectious. So much so that it shatters right through any star struck feelings and sorta puts you at ease. Plus, he’s really a geek’s geek, and knows his stuff, which really helps his down to earth personality.
Beyond his Jedi path, however, lies something that holds an almost even more special place in my heart: The Joker. In all my cartoon watching as a kid, I don’t think any one cartoon had the same effect on me that the Batman series of the 90′s did. Not even X-Men’s 90′s series, but that’s a very VERY close call. Probably tied. Yes, we’ll go with tied. Anyway, Mark Hamill’s Joker was a huge part of that, and became my default version of the Joker to this very day. So much so, that when I heard the Joker’s voice for the first time in Young Justice, I almost literally gagged. Who was this lame impostor?! Which mad his live monologue as the Joker all the more chillingly wonderful. That’s right, Mark Hamill did a damn monologue as the Joker. It was chilling. I laughed. I cried. I had a minor heart attack out of excitement. It was just fantastic.
All of this was a round about way of describing what seeing him in person was like: epic. That word has nearly become meaningless nowadays, but it’s really the only thing I can think of to describe it. It was definitely one of the highlights of Celebration. Oh and only my life. It was awesome.
So sit back and relax, because this is definitely going to be one of the best moments of your life. Beyond his Joker monologue, Mark also talks a lot about working with George Lucas and Harrison Ford (who he does killer impressions of), his voice acting, other film work, and his newest project, Sushi Girl He plays a rather Joker-esque character in Sushi Girl, and gets to be a villain again, so I’ll be hunting that one down.
Be sure to check out more of our Star Wars Celebration coverage, both now and in the future. We have a lot more to go!
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