Mark Hamill Is Relieved He Didn’t Win An Emmy For His Star Wars: The Clone Wars Role
In the 2014 “Clone Wars” episode, which served as the series finale until the seventh season was announced in 2018, Hamill played the specter of Darth Bane. This Sith Lord lived a thousand years before the events of the Clone Wars. Back then, there were many, many Sith. However, Darth Bane was the sole survivor after infighting in their ranks led to their destruction. In “Star Wars” lore, Darth Bane created the Rule of Two, stating that there could only be one Master and one Apprentice.
In the episode, Master Yoda (voice of Tom Kane) travels to the ancient Sith world of Moraband to pass a test to learn more about the Force and how he can remain after his own death. Darth Bane appears to him from his grave, threatening him in an otherworldly voice. Director Dave Filoni said in a StarWars.com interview, “I thought, wow, what a great, bizarre reflection to have Mark play, like, the ultimate side of good and light, and then the, kind of, the father of old, ancient evil.” Hamill’s voice for Darth Bane was created by having him record not one but two different versions of the voice. Then sound designers Matthew Wood and David Acord layered them on top of each other. The effect is chilling.
It worked beautifully. So why did Hamill feel relieved that he didn’t win the Emmy he was nominated for?