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Phil LaMarr is the face you know, but the name you might not.  He's played key roles in cult films, such as Pulp Fiction....comedic sketch comedy in MadTV and countless voice acting roles in toons like Justice League, Static Shock and Futurama.  Legions of Gotham sits down with this amazingly talented individual for a rare look into what makes him tick!
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LoG: A number of your voice acting projects have been comic book related....are you a comic fan yourself?  If so, what books/characters do you read?


Phil LaMarr: I've been a comic book reader since the early 80's.  I grew up on
Batman, X-Men, The New Teen Titans all of which, oddly enough, I'm
currently reading.  Anybody remember The Brave and The Bold?  I'm
primarily a DC guy.  But I've branched out into indies as well.  Can't
get enough of Invincible and wish more than anything that Mark Waid
would bring back Empire.


LoG:
You've been with Justice League since the beginning.  Are you happy
with the Green Lantern's character development thus far?  What, if anything would you change?


PL:
I'm extremely happy with the way they've developed the character.  GL
has definitely had the most non-action "action."   Hell, the relationship with Hawkgirl has been the most emotionally charged work I've done in ANY format.
Phil LaMarr is the face you know, but the name you might not.  He's played key roles in cult films, such as Pulp Fiction....comedic sketch comedy in MadTV and countless voice acting roles in toons like Justice League, Static Shock and Futurama.  Legions of Gotham sits down with this amazingly talented individual for a rare look into what makes him tick!
LoG: A number of your voice acting projects have been comic book related....are you a comic fan yourself?  If so, what books/characters do you read?


PL:
I've been a comic book reader since the early 80's.  I grew up on  Batman, X-Men, The New Teen Titans all of which, oddly enough, I'm
currently reading.  Anybody remember The Brave and The Bold?  I'm  primarily a DC guy.  But I've branched out into indies as well.  Can't
get enough of Invincible and wish more than anything that Mark Waid  would bring back Empire.



LoG:
You've been with Justice League since the beginning.  Are you happy  with the Green Lantern's character development thus far?  What, if anything would you change?


PL:
I'm extremely happy with the way they've developed the character.  GL  has definitely had the most non-action "action."   Hell, the relationship with Hawkgirl has been the most emotionally charged work I've done in ANY format.

LoG: Were you at all familiar with the history of the Green Lantern Corp when you took the job as John Stewart on JL/JLU?  Are you now?


PL: Growing up primarily a DC comics reader, I was fairly familiar with the Corps and as a Neal Adams fan and a Black comic fan I knew about John Stewart.  Although I had sort of lost track of him through the 90's.   Since the show started I've gone back and brushed up on a lot Green Lantern history.

LoG: In the upcoming season of The Batman you're voicing a new take on the old villain Maxie Zeus...what can you tell us about The Batman's take on this classic rogue?  How will he differ from previous incarnations?


PL: Well, I don't know if Maxie Zeus qualifies as a "classic" but what the  heck.  I don't want to spoil anything but this version of the character
is initially a little more realistic but ultimately even more of a  supervillain than the original comic book version.


LoG: Are there plans, at the current time, for you to reprise your role as Maxie Zeus more than once on The Batman?


PL: Not that I know of.
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And Now A few Questions submitted by members of the LoG forum for Mr. LaMarr!
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Fan Question: Has voicing GL, who is a character who's also extremely serious and somewhat tightly wound, led to some "cathartic"  humorous outtakes/bloopers? Do you find yourself add libbing sometimes just for laughs? Since many of us fanboys watch the show religiously and are pretty familar with the scenes, are there any "crack ups " that you can share with us? Thank you for creating a very memorable character


PL:
Most of the crack-ups that I remember were in the first season.  It was usually when Wonder Woman would say some completely normal piece of action show dialogue and because of Susan Eisenberg's voice it would  just come out incredibly sexy.  Then I would look over at George  (Superman) Newbern and know that he was thinking the exact same thing  and then neither of us would be able to say our next line.
Fan Question: I am a huge fan of your work on Samurai Jack; in my opinion, it is the best written animated series released since BTAS.  I also love your appearances on MAD TV (the wired UPS guy is hilarious). My question would be: are you a comic book fan, and, if so, do you think that knowing a character's history, tendencies and priorities helps you to create the voice of that character?

PL: 
I am a comic book fan (see above) Absolutely, every piece of information helps when you're making a choice about a character.  Of course, the most important piece of information is what the character looks like but after that, knowledge about his background and experience is important in defining the  details.  For instance, in our Justice League, they told me that John Stewart was THE Green Lantern and the Corps was more of a galactic military unit.  So I played him as a professional soldier; very no-nonsense, unemotional and prone to giving orders.
Fan Question: thanks, Mr. LaMarr for doing this i love your work in all of your shows, Samurai jack, Static Shock, Justice League, etc, my question would be... what is your favorite episode of justice league? also who was the hardest character to do voice-wise out of all your shows?

PL:
My favorite episode is a toss-up between "Starcrossed, pt. 3" because of the emotional scenes between GL and Hawkgirl and "In Blackest Night" mostly because that's the episode where I got to say the Green Lantern oath.The hardest voice was probably Ozzy of "Ozzy & Drix."  That one was hard because it started out as basically a Chris Rock impression.  But sometimes they needed Ozzy to say things in a way that Chris Rock never  has or never would.  So the trick becomes finding a middle ground between the famous voice that everyone thinks they know and the character voice that fulfills the demands of the animated show.
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The Wrap-up:

A HUGE thanks to Phil for taking time out of his busy schedule to interact with his fans!

Please remember to check out Mr. LaMarr's work in Justice League Unlimited, currently showing on Cartoon Network...and of course as Marvin in one of my all time favorite films, Pulp Fiction ;)