Quotes from Mcdowell on WC3 and 4:
"That was very interesting. People were always talking about these CD-roms and I honestly don't understand it. When I was offered the part, with Mark Hamill and John Rhys-Davies, I thought, 'I'll do it. Let's go try it and see what it's all about.' I'm very glad I did. It's really where film is going to be in the future. In other words, by computer they'll put in incredible backdrops. Want a starfield? Boom, there's a starfield. The technology changes every week. The only thing they couldn't do then, which they can now, is that we couldn't move or talk. You had to sort of be in one spot and they couldn't move the camera very much. Now, of course, they can do that, too." - Starlog 4/95
On 2/9/98 www.asylum.com had a live chat with Mark Hamill. Some guy was there since he worked with Malcolm in WC III + IV + WCA and wanted to ask him about it. He answered my question on Malcolm. Here is what he said.
Someone else asked:
Were you asked to play the main role in Wing Commander Prophecy?
Mark Hamill: No, I sort of inherited the old geezer role from Malcolm McDowell.
Host: You mentioned Malcolm McDowell before, here's one, "What's Malcolm McDowell like to work with?"
Mark Hamill: Hysterically funny. He's hell bent on making you laugh and it's very difficult to look him in the eye. And if he can't make you laugh he'll reach down your pants and teach you.
Host: Eh, front or back?
Mark Hamill: Anywhere. He'll do something to make you go aaaaagggghh before you're supposed to so you'll have to do it like before. But, he is wonderful. I mean if you are doing over shoulder, on mike close ups he's off camera going (mouths 'I love you' and makes kisses, much laughter) to you. You know, I really enjoyed working with the guy because I like to have a lot of fun at work. Even if you get mad and say 'you've got to take that seriously' you know you can use it and that's real swell.