It’s been a rough political season in the United States, and the division across the nation only seems to be growing as president-elect Donald Trump gets closer to his inauguration. A part of this is due to his penchant for blasting his “enemies” on Twitter, a habit that recently earned him the attention of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill. In addition to playing the noble Luke Skywalker, Hamill has long voiced most of the animated iterations of The Joker since the ’90s Batman: The Animated Series. In an effort to make a point about Trump’s audacious wording, Hamill recently translated Trump’s infamous New Years tweet in the voice of The Clown Prince of Crime.
True to form, this hasn’t slowed Trump’s roll. The businessman-turned-politician recently lashed out at Meryl Streep (Doubt) for a speech she gave upon acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. The actress called for acceptance of national outsiders (many of whom keep Hollywood ticking), a support of the role of journalists in the democratic process, and empathy for the weak from people in power. She also specifically criticized Trump for publically mocking a disabled reporter.
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
Once again, Mark Hamill saw fit to translate Trump’s words into the practiced voice he felt most appropriate.
There will certainly be a subsection of Mark Hamill’s fans who feel that criticizing or making light of the president-elect is unprofessional. There are also those that argue that Hollywood celebrities shouldn’t be speaking out in politics, though this is how Trump (an outspoken reality TV host) came to hold the most powerful position in the world.
There was a brief wave of support for of a boycott of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, due to unsubstantiated rumors that the film had been reshot to criticize Trump. Now that a major returning actor in this year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII is openly making light of the president-elect, it will be interesting to see whether this has a tangible impact on sales of the domestic box office’s most powerful juggernaut.
Either way, at this point, fans are likely no longer wondering if Hamill will continue his Joker-flavored Trump quote revisions, but what, if anything, will make him stop.
Source: Mark Hamill (via ComicBook)