AD found this neat transcript from an AOL chat with Mark Hamill from way back in 1996. Long before the first Twitter Town Hall, AOL chatrooms were the hit place to virtually interact with people. Today people talk about "Web 2.0" features, and this dates back to months after AOL got its first web browser (and this didn't use it, AOL chat is pre-Web 1.0). A moderator took submissions from the audience and posted questions for Hamill to respond to. The very first question asked about his role in Wing Commander, and there are a couple more references to the series later on. His answers come from a very exciting time in Wing Commander history - just after the release of Wing Commander 4 and before the premiere of Wing Commander Academy. Even Prophecy was still on the drawing board. You can find the full log here.
OnlineHost: Mark Hamill may be best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in one of the most popular and successful trilogies of all time: "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." Most recently, Hamill has been heard as the voice of the Joker in both the "Batman" animated television series and the theatrical animated feature "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm."
AOLiveMC14: Welcome back to AOL Mark Hamill!
MarkHamll: Thank you. Glad to be here.
AOLiveMC14: OK lets get right to the questions. Our first one is from BM0768:
Question: Hello Mr. Hamill, I really enjoyed all three movies in the "Star Wars Trilogy," and you were excellent in "Wing Commander" 3 and 4. My question, will you be cast in any future "Star Wars" Movies, or "Wing Commander' games?
MarkHamll: The next trilogy takes place 30 years prior to what you've seen, so I'm too old for the part. There has been discussion of a new Wing Commander, though nothing definite. George talked about me playing a role in the final installment of Star Wars, but I defy anyone to add an imaginary 20 years to their age and not be appalled, but you never know. We'll see what happens.
AOLiveMC14: Pachecod sends this question:
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?
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. I'm also in Jim Lee's "Gen 13." And listen for a wild voice on Bruce Willis' new cartoon "Bruno The Kid!" I always loved the funny papers, comic books, and animated cartoons, but to tell you the truth, I was trying to get a writing assignment on "Batman: The Animated Series," which led to my audition and my role as the Joker, and I've never looked back. I really love this kind of work. Typecasting means you play the same part over and over, and I think I've successfully avoided that.
AOLiveMC14: LaCoquett asks:
Question: What's the biggest difference between doing action films and CD ROM movies like "Wing Commander?"
MarkHamll: The obvious difference is the multiple story lines in an interactive movie. I liked that because it was such a unique experience, but actually, in terms of physically shooting it, there's not much difference.
AOLiveMC14: TCN Bayle asks:
Question: I have 2 questions. Do you keep up with the "Star Wars" universe? Like do you read all the novels or play the computer games? And are there any plans for Wing Commander V?
MarkHamll: Wing Commander V has been spoken of with no firm offer. With the "Star Wars" universe, it seemed to me all or nothing, so after "Jedi," I just stopped. Luke wasn't mine, anymore. I've heard they've done a terrific job, though.
AOLiveMC14: AFA Alice sends this in:
Question: How did you get involved with CD ROM games and how do you feel about them as an actor?
MarkHamll: Chris Roberts asked to meet me. When he explained the concept, I couldn't wait to get involved. We had so much fun making them, I'm not surprised they're fun to play. As for acting in them, any challenge is a good challenge. Your job as an actor doesn't really change despite the adjustments you have to make for the medium.