Star Wars icon Mark Hamill made headlines in January by reading out Tweets from US President Donald Trump – in the voice of Batman villain, the Joker.
The man most famous for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe later went on to voice the Clown Prince of Crime in Batman: The Animated Series between 1992-1995.
However, Hamill is now reprising the role (unofficially) to satirise comments made by President Donald Trump – and they’re pretty epic. It asks the question, have we already heard the best voiceover work of 2017? Because it will take something special to beat it now.
Mark Hamill as “the Trumpster”
If you haven’t seen or heard Hamill’s take on Trump’s comments, here’s the original recording reposted by fan #HammillMania:
— HamillMania (@HamillMania) January 15, 2017
Needless to say, the recording went viral and Hamill has gone on to read other Tweets from the president since. That’s right, the Trumpster is becoming a bit of a thing – a timely collaboration of political madness and Mark Hamill’s career enjoying a major revival.
We know the team behind our own voiceover services are certainly enjoying the show and it seems we’re not the only ones.
Hamill is no voiceover amateur though. He’s a fan favourite with Batman loyalists who widely consider him to be the only true voice of the Joker. He was also the voice of the Hobgoblin in the 1990’s Spiderman animated series and various other characters in both Marvel and DC universes.
However, it’s his role as the Joker that largely defines his voiceover career – much like Luke Skywalker does his film career – and it’s easy to hear why from his recordings as the Trumpster.
Where did the idea come from?
Although Hamill worked hard to create his voice for the Joker – and ultimately the Trumpster – the idea of mimicking Donald Trump’s Tweets was inspired from someone else.
As Hamill tells Huffington Post, it was a comment made by Matt Oswalt that suggested one of the president’s Tweet’s sounded like, “something the Joker would say right before releasing a swarm of killer bees into Gotham.”
The Tweet he’s referring to? This one:
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
Since then, Hamill has recorded two additional voiceovers as the Trumpster but he insists he doesn’t want this to become a personal fixture. However, he admits the president is handing him some of the best dialogue he’s ever had.
“Having done villains for so long, you do recognise rich dialogue,” Hamill told Huffington Post. “In a bipartisan way, these are his words … not mine. The fact that they sound perfect coming out of such a demented character, that speaks for itself.”
While it’s too early to call a winner on the best voiceover of 2017 we’re pretty confident Hamill is a dead cert for the prize. It’s not often a legendary voice resurfaces with such perfect timing and cultural relevance – especially when people are so widely in need of a laugh.