Outside of some silly space opera that involves droids and laser swords that you’ve probably never heard of, Mark Hamill is best known for his voice work such as his take on The Joker from ‘Batman: The Animated Series.’ With this in mind, it should be no surprise that he was approached for one of the leading roles in Netflix’s ‘Trollhunters‘ and has happily signed on for it! In the series, he will be playing Dictatious who is the evil twin brother of one of the leading trolls, Blinky.
Interestingly enough, the character was only supposed to have limited involvement before being killed off. While it could be the talent, I’m sure Hamill was just enjoying himself so much that he waved his hand, said “This isn’t the death that you’re looking for” and got signed on to continue indefinitely.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim shared the details:
- “Mark Hamill joins the cast as Dictatious, who is Blinky’s evil twin brother, and he’s just a blast. We had this idea to give Blinky a twin very, very early on. I think it was actually an idea that came about even before we started Season 1 just as we were ripping on the show. Like, ‘Oh, it would be fun to meet Blinky’s twin brother at some point.’ And no good idea ever goes away. But, once you hit upon the idea of an evil twin for Blinky, who’s voiced by Kelsey Grammer, then you gotta then go find an actor who is of Kelsey’s caliber, which is a very, very small list.I have to say, watching Mark work is a real privilege because he has such command of his instrument. The slightest nuance, the slightest adjustment that the directors give him, he just knocks it out of the park.”
High praise indeed! However, everyone has always raved about Hamill’s work so this isn’t too surprising. What is surprising is that the creative heads all came out of his first session and changed all their future plans so as to keep him on board!
“We were [there] for his first recording, Guillermo Del Toro and Rodrigo Blaas were directing him. And all three of us were just blown by how finely precise he can get his performance to be. And that character, what started out as a really interesting notion, just really came alive once Mark voiced him. And we knew that we had something special, to the point where we were originally going kill off Dictatious, but we walked out of that first record going, ‘Oh, we gotta change our plans. The character’s too good now. There’s no way we could lose him. And you’ll sort of see, watching Dictatious’s evolution in Season 2. It’s a lot of fun.”
It’ll be interesting to see what everyone has thought about Dictatious now that they’ve had a chance to see and hear him.
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‘Trollhunters’ is currently available to stream on Netflix.
Source: Comic Book