We dug up a couple more old interviews with Wing Commander's own Mark Hamill. Yesterday's was from 1998. These date back two years earlier. The first is from AOL Live and the second AOL Wizard World Chat. There's a lot of Star Wars stuff mixed in, and everyone is asking the questions you always expect to be asked of the main character in Star Wars. Except back in 1996 everything was still new. Maybe some of these questions were being asked for the first time. Someone has archived the first interview here.
Question: What prompted you to move into the field of cartoons and comic books? Do you have difficulty finding acting jobs because of your role as Luke Skywalker?I remember when the Academy show was still "coming up." They second interview can be found here.
MarkHamll: I found far more varied roles, character parts and so forth, on Broadway and off-Broadway. Animated voices seem to be an extension of that kind of character work. Coming up on the USA Network is "Wing Commander Academy" with Malcolm McDowell, Dana Delaney and Tom Wilson.
WizardTGTC: SAM MASTR asks: I read that your son didn't want to play "Wing Commander" anymore, because it's too much like real life having your father tell you what to do. Has he gotten over that? Will he play "Wing Commander" now?That's funny. I remember watching an old television interview about Wing Commander 4 many years back and Hamill said about the same thing.
Mark Hamill: That comes from questions about what it must be like having a fantasy character for a father in the mundane "clean up your room, and get a haircut" world we all live in. Colonel Blair would never tell him to finish his homework. But I have to admit, he's better at the game then I am. If you're near a computer store, ask to play Wing Commander 4. It really is a compelling game!