“Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill has spent much of the last three decades known for his acclaimed voice work in animated series and video games, most notably as The Joker in various forms of “Batman”.
Part of all the praise is because he does his homework, Hamill spends time before ever uttering a word to really explore and invest in the character he’s playing. The other month it was announced he is lending his voice to another iconic character, this time it’s Chucky from “Child’s Play” for the upcoming remake.
One of the new film’s producers Seth Grahame-Smith has revealed to Cinema Blend that Hamill went above and beyond in terms of what he brought to the performance:
“Not only was he into it, he really started wanting to talk to us a lot about it from a standpoint of creating a character, and he wanted to do it as an acting challenge. And when we showed up the first day and the first recording session, he had watched all seven of the original movies, and he had sort of written a whole series of notes about his progression through the character, and development of voice. And then he showed us some of the voices he was developing. It was insane. He really jumped into it like a serious acting challenge.
We’re still actually doing the last little records right around now, and I’m star-struck every time I’m in his presence. I can’t believe that I’m in a recording booth with Mark Hamill. But that goes away really quickly when he starts to do the Chucky voice and match to picture. He becomes that character. And I think that like everything we’re trying to do, there’s a difference, right? You’re not imitating Brad [Dourif]. That would be insane, and not respectful. I think cast-wise, voice-wise, we couldn’t have done better in terms of the people that we attracted to the movie.”
Hamill has the unenviable task of taking over a role that Brad Dourif has made iconic for three decades now across numerous films. Hamill’s Chucky only had one line in the recently released full trailer so what his work will sound like at this point is unclear. “Child’s Play” opens in cinemas on June 21st.