by Lindsay Traves
Child’s Play (2019) cast Mark Hamill, and skeptical fans felt truly bested.
Though Hamill is certainly most known for his portrayal of the hero kid from Tatooine, he has a long history of voicing notorious characters, most notably The Joker. His portrayal of the evil hidden behind a happy face make him a natural choice to put his voice inside a killer doll, taking his place amongst his cohorts: those killer plaything types.
But Hamill wasn’t the first pick for Gotham’s most famous baddie. At Toronto’s FanExpo in 2017, Tim Curry, no stranger to portraying killer clowns, revealed that he first voiced the iconic character, but after a bout of bronchitis, was fired. Floating around the internet are snippets of Curry’s time in the role, delivering a fathomably great portrayal of Mr. J. That it’s hard to choose between them makes it clear; while Hamill tends to be thought of as the “hero kid,” he’s really born of the same group of killer clowns that gave us Pennywise.
Tim Burton's 1989 Batman flick. According to Dourif, Burton saw him on a plane and wanted him for the role but the studio wouldn’t go for it. It ended up taking the convincing of producer, Michael Uslan, to get Jack Nicholson cast.