Mark Hamill explains why there’s never been a bad Joker

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Mark Hamill, nerd icon extraordinaire, spoke with Polygon recently and revealed some insights about the Episode VIII filming, being a comic book nerd, and his new Comic-Con show ‘Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest.’

Most interestingly, he shared his opinion on why there’s never been a bad Joker, despite the scattered negativity surrounding the most recent incarnation.

Asked what he thought of Jared Leto’s portrayal of the manic, deranged, murderous clown, in Warner Bros. Suicide Squad, Hamill said that he loved his performance, adding that he hasn’t seen an interpretation yet that’s made him go, “That was terrible.” Instead, Hamill explained, the key to enjoying different iterations of the character was to look for what that version needed to be in that moment. Jack Nicholson’s Joker, Hamill said, was very different from Heath Ledger’s simply because it had to be.

“Everyone brings a different spin to the character and you have to look at each script separately,” Hamill said. “I don’t think there’s a definitive version of the Joker and I don’t think there can be. It’s like Hamlet, really. It’ll be constantly redefined.”

Hamill has voiced The Joker for over 20 years across cartoons and video games, so it’s refreshing to hear him sharing credit for keeping the character alive with his fellow Jokers.

In the interview, Hamill also talked about his new show on Comic-Con HQ, ‘Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest.’ The show itself focuses on not only Hamill and his love of collecting nerd memorabilia, including comics, board games, and action figures, but also on fellow collectors who share his passion.

Check out the full interview, which is well worth the read, on Polygon.

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