Video Interviews

Mark Hamill Talks His Most Iconic Voice Work: From the Joker and Fire Lord Ozai to Chucky

The actor goes deep on how he finds those iconic voices, the series he thought was too good to succeed, and why his Joker – and that Joker laugh – still resonate.

by | June 17, 2019 | Comments

Before he was Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill was dreaming of Jeannie in the animated take on the classic sitcom, simply named Jeannie, which Hanna-Barbera produced and which aired briefly towards the end of 1973. It was short-lived, but it kicked off a long love of voice acting work, which would flourish in the 1990s and the decades following when he landed the role of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. For the Comic-Con crowd, the role would define him almost as much as his work in the Star Wars franchise; like Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, he put his on stamp on the character, which he calls the Hamlet of villain roles for a comic fan. As Hamill prepares to put his spin on another iconic villain – the murderous doll, Chucky, in director Lars Klevberg’s reboot of Child’s Play – Rotten Tomatoes sat down with the actor for an exclusive and extended deep dive on his voice work. Here, he talks about finding the Joker’s laugh, and molding the character to different stories (from The Killing Joke to the Arkham Asylum video game); dubbing two classic Miyazaki films; his prediction that Avatar: The Last Airbender was simply too smart, and too good, to succeed; and how his new Chucky differs from Brad Dourif’s beloved take on the character.

Child’s Play is in theaters June 21.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.


Child's Play (2019)

Adjusted Score: 71.435%
Critics Consensus: Child's Play updates an '80s horror icon for the Internet of Things era, with predictably gruesome -- and generally entertaining -- results.
Synopsis: A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child's Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her... [More]
Directed By: Lars Klevberg

Tag Cloud

Thanksgiving canceled TV shows space green book DC Universe Super Bowl Mindy Kaling Mystery Comedy cars Adult Swim dragons TCA Winter 2020 Apple TV Plus travel facebook 2018 Photos dramedy discovery Heroines HBO strong female leads VICE CW Seed batman diversity reboot Masterpiece blockbuster golden globes Western 24 frames Columbia Pictures Year in Review Country festivals IFC canceled Red Carpet cooking MCU Spike period drama Apple elevated horror Infographic Winter TV Endgame TLC Logo Opinion Quiz Star Wars Calendar President Ellie Kemper Amazon Christmas screen actors guild VH1 DirecTV cancelled TV shows X-Men Superheroe Sundance TV witnail 007 children's TV casting E! Schedule crossover miniseries natural history 45 MTV Turner Classic Movies Sundance Now Lifetime RT History 2017 jamie lee curtis The CW Lionsgate streaming DGA Fantasy Mary Tyler Moore screenings foreign OneApp Comics on TV National Geographic psycho Pet Sematary Film Festival Disney Channel singing competition cults BBC Animation Watching Series TIFF LGBT Drama disaster Grammys Esquire Universal BBC America FXX Valentine's Day MSNBC Marathons PBS psychological thriller christmas movies book Walt Disney Pictures Creative Arts Emmys El Rey romance YouTube Premium doctor who hispanic spain Acorn TV sequel Nickelodeon cats Awards BET spinoff NYCC cancelled Writers Guild of America Shudder WarnerMedia Marvel Emmy Nominations PaleyFest Film Music TCA 2017 cartoon directors adventure Black Mirror CMT Martial Arts Oscars spider-man Hallmark Christmas movies Video Games social media romantic comedy Emmys talk show Television Academy comics Disney Box Office Netflix Certified Fresh TV TCM transformers History First Look name the review Pirates ghosts 2015 Warner Bros. First Reviews Tomatazos Starz sitcom ABC Family Mary Poppins Returns Election Rock Dark Horse Comics Shondaland CBS All Access A&E APB Disney Plus based on movie Rocketman spy thriller 20th Century Fox GLAAD halloween Premiere Dates nature true crime cops Discovery Channel Trophy Talk Avengers ITV Paramount Anna Paquin Sundance Superheroes Academy Awards Reality Disney streaming service TCA free movies Stephen King Brie Larson biography Ghostbusters Nat Geo war latino SundanceTV supernatural documentary sag awards Pixar GIFs Tubi Musicals Ovation quibi American Society of Cinematographers Freeform aliens mutant Countdown rotten movies we love Song of Ice and Fire comic joker Spring TV Trivia Fox News The Witch Vudu YouTube Paramount Network tv talk TBS docudrama USA Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Pop Britbox cancelled TV series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Nominations independent Arrowverse renewed TV shows Hulu Rocky USA Network versus Family anthology Podcast YA anime werewolf spanish language game show Tumblr Amazon Prime Trailer breaking bad dceu HBO Max zombie Biopics Captain marvel TNT RT21 Best and Worst richard e. Grant TruTV Teen The Walking Dead Hallmark indie stand-up comedy comiccon Marvel Television finale sports boxoffice mockumentary vampires award winner Interview WGN Awards Tour Cosplay DC Comics ESPN Marvel Studios crime drama police drama animated Horror New York Comic Con Tarantino Reality Competition zombies Bravo crime thriller Binge Guide OWN Mudbound SDCC Winners south america 2020 Polls and Games Rom-Com Baby Yoda Comic Book SXSW Chernobyl Classic Film TV renewals revenge historical drama E3 video Action GoT Cartoon Network FX 21st Century Fox A24 what to watch thriller theme song robots Sci-Fi YouTube Red binge Toys CBS zero dark thirty hist Character Guide television Set visit politics Spectrum Originals Elton John Apple TV+ movies science fiction The Arrangement Extras Holidays LGBTQ CNN Showtime Mary poppins Cannes Sony Pictures Musical The Purge toy story Comedy Central Star Trek FOX serial killer teaser justice league medical drama 71st Emmy Awards adaptation series AMC crime unscripted Crackle San Diego Comic-Con harry potter Lucasfilm Disney+ Disney Plus technology Amazon Prime Video blaxploitation 2016 kids game of thrones Kids & Family DC streaming service Women's History Month IFC Films Syfy Peacock cancelled television See It Skip It Pride Month dc Fall TV Food Network Epix Holiday TV Land NBC ABC political drama Netflix Christmas movies cinemax Crunchyroll Turner slashers Summer Lifetime Christmas movies ratings Sneak Peek 2019 composers