University of Georgia student Pierce Wallace, or the Georgia Joker as he's better known, is no longer just a fan. He's a Hall of Famer.
This week he discussed his passion as a fan, the character he plays and his latest accolade.
Bleacher Report: Let's start at the beginning. As a little boy laying awake in bed, did you always envision that you would dress up like a demented villain from the Batman chronicles and rally 92,000+ fans at Sanford Stadium? How did all of this begin?
Pierce Wallace: I honestly never had this idea. But what I did have was an unfailing passion for UGA and the Joker and extreme enthusiasm. So I guess when you combine the three, this is the result. I got this idea as soon as I joined the UGA Spike Squad in the summer. I decided to dress up as the Joker, not only because he is my favorite character of all time but also because his face paint is the same colors as UGA colors. I added the wig to enhance the character and costume. I knew I could combine the Joker's anarchic reign of chaos with that symbol of chaos towards opposing teams. Things really took off at the Georgia-South Carolina when ESPN tweeted a picture of me. Ever since then, I've run with the persona.
B/R: Practically speaking, what characteristics of Pierce Wallace make the Joker who he is?
P.W.: Well the credit goes to the exceptional blueprint of Heath Ledger. I don't take anything away from him. That was a perfect performance. I give the credit and ideas to him. However, there are a few similarities between myself and the Joker. We're both always smiling. We both like to go with the flow and not worry. And, we're both crazy enough to dress like this in public.
B/R: Are you a method actor? Do you find yourself pretending to be the Joker Sunday-Friday, or is this a Saturday-only thing?
B/R: As the season winds down, how is the offseason training regimen shaping up?
P.W.: Offseason training includes resting my vocal cords! But there is really no offseason for me. There is always a UGA athletic event going on, and being a fan you always keep your enthusiasm up everyday!
B/R: Undoubtedly that's the type of dedication that sets you apart from other fans. Have your efforts been noticed by any Georgia players or coaches?
P.W.: I have gotten recognition from players like Aaron Murray, Arthur Lynch, Jay Rome, Marc Deas, Ray Drew, J.J. Green, John Theus and Austin Long as well as men's basketball coach Mark Fox.
B/R: You were recently inducted into ESPN's Fan Hall of Fame, which means your accomplishments as a fan are on par with those of Michael Jordan on the basketball court and The Beatles in music. How does that make you feel?
P.W.: This accomplishment is pretty overwhelming. I was so happy when I won. I nearly cried. I never imagined this. But all that enthusiasm, all that paint I've used, all the countless hours spent, etc. All of that has really payed off. That's something to be proud of.
Wallace is more than a fan, he's a team player. In what came truly full circle, this super-fan recognizes that his rise to prominence would not have been possible without the support of other fans, his fans.
As the conversation concluded, the maniacal Joker offered his sincerest gratitude to Georgia fans saying, "I am so thankful and I truly appreciate from the bottom of my heart the votes I got in this contest. This win goes to Dawg Nation and UGA."
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