Did Anyone Else Not Mind Sam Worthington?
I was kind of suprised at how harsh Jeff was at the voice work of Sam Worthington. I'm not a fan boy of the guy, but I didn't mind his voice at all. A line here and there seemed slightly off, but his performence was solid for me. I also didn't mind his accent. He played a gruff and tough solider (aka the main role Worthington is any good at) just fine in my opinion.
" @CraigAA: Yeah I'm only kidding. I reckon Jeff just doesn't like him becuase before Avatar came out he was all 'I'm convinced there is no-way that movie is ever going to make money' and now he looks quite the fool, so it's revenge! LOL "Big woops huh. Almost as big as when Steve Ballmer famously declared back before the iPhone came out that "it [iPhone] has no chance of getting any significant market share".
People make mistakes though. While I might not agree with Jeff on may issue and I sometimes have problems with his personality (at least his public one, he might act differently when he is among family and friends) I do like it that he speaks his mind and he is very frank and honest about who he is and I respect that... A LOT! also think that he and Brad are simply the best in conducting interviews. I think a lot of big name game related web sites and TV shows should learn from them.
" @CraigAA: Yeah I'm only kidding. I reckon Jeff just doesn't like him becuase before Avatar came out he was all 'I'm convinced there is no-way that movie is ever going to make money' and now he looks quite the fool, so it's revenge! LOL "Or Worthington's a wooden lifeless actor who can't even hide his accent.
Worthington must have the weirdest acting carrier ever. It's like he's brought into movies as a sort-of good looking place holder for that next REAL action star that hasn't been discovered yet. Like,
"Damn, there's no one with real flair like Arnold or Sly anymore, but we have this Worthington guy. Just put some armor on him and prop him up in the corner."
Voila! You have the new Clash of the Titans.
I don't mind his voice acting, I think its passable. I didn't even really notice it was him until the prison when his aussie started slipping out. Having worked in Harvey Norman for nearly a year the aussie accent REALLY grates on my ears so I should hate it... but I don't.
I think Worthington is pretty bland, generally speaking, but I didn't hear the Australian accent in him come out, and I thought he did a pretty good job. With all the other, awful voice actors of the world they could have gotten, he did just fine. The constant "AARRRRGGGH THE NUMBERS" sort of yelling didn't feel too over the top, so maybe his blandness helped reign the more overly dramatic stuff in. Anyway, yeah. He was okay.
I was super distracted by his voice and its tendencies to globe-trot from American to Australian to Russian back to American Queens or something.
Haven't touched the game but just wondering, is it stated explicitly that his character does not have any kind of Australian roots? Maybe I'm prejudiced but it's just my experience that Americans tend to automatically hate all English accents that aren't their own, including other American accents.
I think most people are bitching about his voice acting because his character is said to be from Alaska, yet it dips into Australian territory. I don't know what kind of Americans you're talking to, but pretty much all the Americans I know would trade out their boring American accents for an English one.
" Haven't touched the game but just wondering, is it stated explicitly that his character does not have any kind of Australian roots? Maybe I'm prejudiced but it's just my experience that Americans tend to automatically hate all English accents that aren't their own, including other American accents. "
And yeah, that kind of settles it then. I guess he could still have Australian parents or something, but if he grew up in Alaska in like the forties or fifties, that might be grasping for straws.
" @Progn0sticator: Shows what I know; I feel like just about every American I've ever heard talk has made fun of or complained about British accents at least once, and the GB crew do it constantly. Maybe they're all just jealous.They're probably just being sarcastic, the Bomb crew that is.
Well, I haven't played it yet, but I tend to like Sam Worthington in movies more than others have, and what little bits I've heard from gameplay clips doesn't sound too bad. So what if the guy sounds Australian? I think that there aren't enough games where the main player is Australian, (or is an American, but sounds Australian, like in this game).
I think he did well. It occasionally sounded a bit emotionless, but other than that it was alright. Don't get me wrong here.. a professional voice actor could and most likely would have done better, but blaming him for having a mostly hidden Australian accent is just not right. Treyarch knew who they were getting by hiring Sam Worthington and if you want to blame someone it's not that guy, in my opinion. He's no Bill Hader (that guy would be able to give an individual voice to every character in the game) who is a brilliant voice actor.. he is predictable in that way and he gives Mason the voice Treyarch wanted for their lead character.
He annoyed the hell out of me, and I'm English. His actual reading and performance were fine, but it was just distracting as hell to have him slip into his aussie accent for basically every other line of dialogue. Annoyed me in Clash of the Titans too, he just can't pull off a consistent accent.
I do not mind an australian accent. If I am tired of anything it's overdone southern (borderlands, not whats his name in RDR though) or that nasally twine sometimes from the north east. Canadians can sound more US to me than many in the US
But do not say he was from Alaska...thats not even close to New Zealand.
" I do not mind an australian accent. If I am tired of anything it's overdone southern (borderlands, not whats his name in RDR though) or that nasally twine sometimes from the north east. Canadians can sound more US to me than many in the US But do not say he was from Alaska...thats not even close to New Zealand. "
If anything I found Worthington less annoying in the game than in his films. Onscreen he is totally devoid of charisma, slightly less so in the game.
As far as accents go hes not terrible and nowhere near as shocking as Russel Crowe's wandering collection of accents in Robin Hood for instance.
I disliked his voice somewhat for sounding whiny instead of serious in certain situations, but I put that more down to the guy's voice itself rather than his performance. Still, the end result was just as good as in any other action game I can think of, and a good deal better than many.
Also, anyone remember the protagonist from the first Crysis? Striking similarities.
It wasn't just a couple lines that he did without the american accent. It was pretty much every single time he slipped back into his flashback which made me think he was originally SAS or something in his past life, but adopted the accent from working with the US or got brainwashed and lost his accent. But it says he was born in Alaska so... it's just Sam sucking at keeping the accent up throughout the game.
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