Mark Hamill: “You don’t need the spotlight… to really enjoy performing”

Actor Mark Hamill

“Doing voiceover work reminded me how much I enjoy performing without doing a curtain call or being recognized.” – Mark Hamill

For many, Mark Hamill‘s appearances in the most recent Star Wars movies have been something of a surprise. These viewers might not be aware of anything that Hamill has done outside of Star Wars — but Hamill’s career as a Jedi Master is but part of his nearly fifty-year career as an actor. Keen-eared fans know of Hamill’s success as a voice actor and many are also familiar with his stage acting. Speaking with the Independent, Hamill reflected on his acting career outside of a galaxy far, far away.

Hamill explains that even during the post-Return of the Jedi, pre-Star Wars resurgence years he was still regularly working — even if many of his peers weren’t aware of that. He says, “Nobody knew I was on Broadway unless they were living in the tri-state area. I would come back to LA and people would wonder, ‘Oh, are you still in the business? We thought you retired.’ Doing voiceover work reminded me how much I enjoy performing without doing a curtain call or being recognized. It reminded me you don’t need the spotlight – to be on talk shows or magazine covers – to really enjoy performing. I would have been perfectly content living out my final years being a character actor and voice actor.”

He also compares himself to his Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford, saying that Ford wouldn’t take some of the career risks that he has. Hamill points out, “I’m not the greatest singer, but I had great confidence in my singing, because I’m acting like a great singer. Harrison would not want to do a musical or step outside his comfort zone. That’s the challenge to me. To do something I’ve never done before.”

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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