Why Mark Hamill Has Never Voiced Luke Skywalker

Star Wars made actor Mark Hamill famous. And while he turned in strong performances in films such as Sam Fuller's war opus The Big Red One, he was never quite able to move out of the shadow of Luke Skywalker.

Yet, even after finding a career as a successful voice actor in cartoons and video games, Hamill has never voiced Skywalker in any of the Star Wars games. But why?

"When I played Luke from 1977 to 1983, games were in their infancy," the actor said in a recent interview with PC Zone. "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."

The 58-year-old Hamill concedes that he is too old for the role of young Skywalker. "If you're playing Luke the way he was in the films — from his late teens to mid-'20s — I've outgrown the role." But Hamill certainly hasn't outgrown an older Skywalker — certainly ripe material for a game.

Hamill most recently voiced the role of the Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum, the same character he brought to life in Batman: The Animated Series.

PC News: Mark Hamill 'never asked' to voice Star Wars game [CVG][Pic]


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    oh my god are you serious? I thought he was a terribad actor judging from the star wars movies but....

    He is a damn fine voice actor!!! FAntastic job on batman

      Don't confuse lines with acting.

        Yeah. Ewan McGregor was made to look shocking as well when he's put in some solid performances in the past in other films.

    EXTENDED UNIVERSE STAR WARS GAME PLEAAAAASE ;_; ignore lucas! Who cares if he hates the EU! Embrace the best thing that has come out of Star Wars in 20 years!

      Indeed. It's well known that when Lucas DOESNT write the script or the book it's far superior. Look at THE FORCE UNLEASHED. He may have ok'ed it, but he didn't write it. Great storyline, excellent way to tie in the rebellion origin etc. Also, the EU, that would make *excellent* fodder for a game...

      Thing is...

      Its getting to the point now that the Old EU is where its at, I stopped reading Vector Prime when a Moon fell on the Walking Carpet...that was it for me.

      And from what I've heard, shit's just gone down hill from there...NJO, Legacy of the Force...

      Timothy Zahn's stuff and alot of the mid-late 90's stuff is the best. Oh and KotOR...

      But yeah, Hamill in Arkham Asylum was Epic Win...his Joker is up there with Ledger's.

        Word. If Timothy Zahn was able to screen doctor the prequels, they may have actually been worth watching...

        I too stopped reading at this point. Crushed me.

    /agreed. EU games like Jedi Knight and Knights of the Old Republic blew the prequel trilogy out of the water

    what about after star wars the force unleashed ultimate sith edition a sith luke could sound older and deeper and darker it would be awesome you and starkiller defeat the emperor and then the sith always betray each other the final could be starkiller vs darth luke and then the winner could rule the galaxy

    Hamill is one of the best voice actors around, Batman, Full Throttle, Metalocalypse... He seems to be everywhere

    Doesnt he voice Luke in Robot Chicken sketches?

      He only does it very occasionally, they get sound a-likes for the most part.

    depends on what part of the EU you are talking about. I would support more KOTOR era games and such but nothing after the events of EP6.

    I'd love to see them use post Return of the Jedi EU as grounds for a new Rogue Squadron/X-Wing/TIE-Fighter, but fps/platform/rpg/etc games based on the New Jedi Order or even Zahn's Heir to the Empire Trilogy I'd be happy to pass on.

    That said, given Lucas' attitude towards the EU I doubt we'll ever see games based on Dark Empire (awesome comic series might I add - well worth grabbing if you've never read it) or anything else that exists post-RoTJ. Look at what they've done with Boba Fett's backstory - They've retconned that several times since the character was first introduced, along with changes to the Mandalorian's backstory etc. I get the impression they treat the EU as the red-headed stepchild that exists but isn't really accepted as part of the Star Wars canon.

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