Mark Hamill's fifteen year association with Warner Bros. Movie World
The Hollywood legend and star of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has lent his talents to three major attractions at the Australian theme park since 2002.
Mark Hamill has just made a notable return to the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It's the role he's famous for, but Mark Hamill has also enjoyed a fruitful voiceover career, most notably voicing The Joker in the DC animated universe for some 25 years.
And Warner Bros. Movie World has been fortunate enough to have worked with him for a number of attractions.
His fan-favourite portrayal of The Joker crossed over into mainstream pop culture in 2016 when he took to reading out Donald Trump Tweets in the voice during the presidential election. It's amazing stuff.
As Hamill explained to IGN in a 2010 interview, upon taking on the role he became very attached to the character. Soon he wasn't just voicing it in the cartoon series and became the voice for Joker related merchandise, toys and video games. He's also lent his talents whenever the character has been needed for a theme park attraction.
"They said, 'Well, we can't pay you what you expect, we can only pay a scale.' I said, 'Look, I'd rather not let anyone else sleep in my sleeping bag.' I would do all those things for scale. I even did the voices on the Australian Batman roller coaster ride, I'm totally into it," he told IGN.
In 2010 he was likely referring to 2002's Batman Adventure – The Ride 2. The 3D animated simulator ride featured a brief encounter with The Joker. This ride closed in 2011 to make way for Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D.
Movie World wasn't without Mark Hamill for long however. He returned to voice the character for Arkham Asylum - Shock Therapy in 2012 when the roller coaster was transformed from Lethal Weapon and based on the 2009 video game that also featured his talents. Hamill's voice is heard throughout the queue and station on Arkham Asylum, as well as in the more recently added VR experience.
He returned for DC Comics Super-Villains Unleashed where a sculpture of The Joker goads Harley Quinn and passing guests.
So, if you ever wondered why Movie World's Joker was so pitch-perfect and menacing, we've got Mark Hamill's connection to the character to thank. The famed actor has also voiced the character for a number of Joker and DC themed attractions at Six Flags parks across the United States.