Why Mark Hamill Has Never Voiced Luke Skywalker

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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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Luke Plunkett

Anyone catch his work in the audiobook for World War Z? Funny stuff.