Thanks to playing the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker, actor Mark Hamill doesn’t really need to audition much in order to snag roles nowadays. On top of being one of the main characters in the original Star Wars trilogy, Hamill has also made a name for himself as a talented voice actor and his turn as The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series is revered among the most hardcore Batman fans. But back in 1976, Hamill was just another struggling actor, and there’s tape to prove it.
In collaboration with the charity campaign organization Omaze, Mark Hamill sat down to watch his original Star Wars audition tape from 1976. In the tape, he reads lines and does a bit of improvisation with Harrison Ford, and he can’t help but be embarrassed by his performance. Not only does he cringe at the clunky dialogue, but he can’t help but cower in the shadow of coolness that was Harrison Ford, who somehow outshines Hamill despite barely being on camera. Watch as Mark Hamill reacts to his Star Wars audition below! Read More »
The true, lasting legacy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi won’t be clear until after the dust settles on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Will Rian Johnson’s 2017 entry be considered a pivotal turning point in the Star Wars mythos, or a creatively risky anomaly whose narrative decisions are largely ret-conned? While we wait to find out, The Last Jedi continues to incite a whirlwind of controversy, fascination, praise, and today, a fun bit of trivia.
You may have known that Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill played an additional role in The Last Jedi. But the extent of that performance was more detailed than many previously thought. Read More »
“E.T. on acid” is how director Lars Klevberg initially imagined his Child’s Play remake. Klevberg, known for his short film Polaroid and its unreleased feature-length adaptation, wanted to bring a healthy dose of Spielberg and Amblin to his horror remake. The influence shows, most noticeably when Andy (Gabriel Bateman) and Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) are on their own.
Klevberg is probably more referential of Spielberg than the entirety of the original Chucky franchise. He didn’t want to make another horror remake that coasts by on nostalgia, which there’s not much of in Child’s Play. As Klevberg told us, he wanted to make his own Chucky. In addition to the challenges of filming the iconic character in action, the director told us about the movie’s Amblin references, his love of Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition, and more.
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There’s a great gag in the 1992 Simpsons Halloween episode Treehouse of Horror III. It happens during the segment “Clown Without Pity”, which involves an evil Krusty the Clown doll attempting to murder Simpson patriarch Homer. The problem is resolved when a repairman arrives at the Simpson residence, takes one look at the back of the doll, and proclaims: “Yep, here’s your problem. Someone set this thing to evil.”
Sure enough, on the dolls back is switch with two modes: GOOD and EVIL. It’s a quick, silly throwaway joke that works perfectly in the comical animated world of The Simpsons. And the makers of the 2019 Child’s Play remake apparently liked it so much they decided to steal it to create their Chucky. Because the new Chucky isn’t a doll possessed by a serial killer. It’s just a doll that someone set to evil. How lazy can you get?
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Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has promised over and over that this December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be “the end of the Skywalker saga,” and that presumably means it will be the last we see of Mark Hamill‘s Luke Skywalker. In a new interview, the actor expresses his desire to hang up his Jedi robes for good and retire from the Star Wars universe after this movie, while also confirming that he’ll be appearing as a Force ghost in The Rise of Skywalker.
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You’ll have to wait another week before you can see the Child’s Play remake. But you can listen to Bear McCreary‘s eerie Child’s Play theme right now! In fact, you can listen to the entire score, as it’s now streaming in full. McCreary performed the main theme using toy instruments, lending an extra amount of flair to the proceedings. On top of all that, the theme closes with Mark Hamill, voice of the new Chucky, singing a really creepy little lullaby. Hear the Child’s Play remake theme music, and stream the soundtrack in full, below…if you dare.
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Whether you like it or not, the remake of Child’s Play is bringing a new version of Chucky to the big screen. Making the prospect of the horror redux a little more palatable is the fact that Star Wars icon Mark Hamill is using his versatile voice to bring the serial killing doll to life. However, it wasn’t easy for the actor to tackle such a revered and beloved character who was already brought to life to fantastically by Brad Dourif. In fact, Mark Hamill was intimidated nearly as much as when he landed the role of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Read More »
We’ve only heard small samples of Mark Hamill’s voice work as Chucky in the new Child’s Play…until now. A new Child’s Play clip provides the full Hamill-as-Chucky experience, and the result is…Mark Hamill doing a scary voice. There’s a hint of Hamill’s famous Joker laugh mixed in here, but from the sound of things, Hamill’s take on Chucky involves a lot of creepy whispering. Watch the Child’s Play clip below.
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What if…the Child’s Play remake ends up being good? Fans of the franchise (like me!) were initially grumpy about this entire endeavor, but slowly and surely, the new film has worn has down. The cast is mighty impressive, and having Mark Hamill as the new voice of Chucky is a masterstroke. And then there’s the footage, which looks promising. Including the footage you’ll see in the new trailer below. While nothing can ever replace the original Child’s Play series, this new take on the material might end up surprising us all. Watch the new Child’s Play trailer below.
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With the new Child’s Play this summer (watch the teaser trailer), we get an all new Chucky. This time the doll is said to turn towards the sinister side thanks to advanced artificial intelligence inside a new doll for a contemporary audience. Since we’re getting a whole new Chucky, it only makes sense that the doll who turns into a murderous force of nature gets a new voice. Today Orion Pictures and MGM announced Star Wars saga legend and beloved voice actor Mark Hamill will bring the evil doll to life. Read More »