Mark Hamill’s Joker has struck again. This time, Hamill recorded himself reading the President-Elect Trump Tweet that criticizes Civil Rights icon John Lewis. In a recording titled “A Very Special Message for Martin Luther King Day,” Hamill affected the voice of “Batman: The Animated Series'” Joker to read the president-elect’s message.
“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Hamill cackles as the Joker, reciting Trump’s words verbatim. “Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!”
The president-elect lashed out Saturday morning following the release of a clip from an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in which Lewis said he doesn’t believe Trump is “legitimate president,” citing Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Sales of the “March” trilogy, the award-winning graphic memoir of Representative John Lewis’ history with the Civil Rights Movement, subsequently skyrocketed after President-Elect Donald Trump’s comment. The three-volume edition, by Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, experienced a staggering 106,700 percent increase in sales Saturday on Amazon following Trump’s tweet storm. Now temporarily sold out on Amazon, the “March” Trilogy Slipcase Set holds the No. 1 spot at the online retail giant, followed by Lewis’ 2015 biography, “Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement” (also out of stock) at No. 2, and “March” Vol. 1 at No. 5.
This isn’t the first time the “Star Wars” alum resurrected the Joker in order to impersonate the president-elect. Hamill also recorded the Joker’s rendition of Trump’s New Years Tweet, as well as the president-elect’s reaction to Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech, where she criticized his mockery of a disabled reporter. It seems likely, then, that this won’t be the last time that Hamill revives the Joker in Trump’s honor.
While of course best known for his iconic role of Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars,” Hamill has provided the voice of The Joker in animation and video games for nearly 25 years, from “Batman: The Animated Series” to “Batman: Arkham Asylum” to “Justice League Action.”
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