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Posted by Fattony12000
Posted by 014

Great voice acting is a sweet touch in games. I'm playing through Deus Ex: HR right now, and each time I encounter a conversation I appreciate the voice acting. My guy sounds like Clint Eastwood and my boss sounds like the male Tredstone handler from Bourne Identity.

Posted by Elwoodan

Bastions VA, not famous. moving on.

Posted by SpartanHoplite

i cant see this helping the sales, gamers dont care for celebrity voices if the game sux (which i'm sure it wont). i would be more intrested if veterans such as John Di Maggio (Jack, VTMB) would be onboard.

but still, it is intresting to hear Sarandon do a voice for a game like this. just hope they spend money on this after everything else is in its place.

Posted by Phished0ne

@Amafi said:

@MarkWahlberg said:

There was an interesting Nerdist podcast a while back where they interviewed the Pinky and the Brain guys (Rob Paulsen and Maurice Lamarche ), and at one point they briefly discussed how celebrities all want in on voice-acting because of what Chris Rock said at the Oscars, where you say dumb shit and they 'give you a million dollars'. They weren't super bitter about it or anything, but it did sort of underline some of the problems with stunt casting, which is that most celebrities have no experience doing that sort of work. I'll try to find the link, it was kind of cool to hear what it's like for people who do it professionally. More important reason for listening: R-rated Pinky.

edit: here ya go http://www.nerdist.com/2012/03/nerdist-podcast-rob-paulsen-and-maurice-lamarche/

That was a pretty great episode.

Rob and Maurice are so great together. They have such amazing chemistry, although that makes perfect sense. Nerdist just did a new podcast with Billy West and John Dimaggio. Apparently John is doing a documentary(trailer) about Voice Actors that he was talking about on Rob Paulsen's Talkin Toons podcast, where he interviews and chats with other v.a's. The Docu looks really good and has soooo many people in it, its crazy.

Posted by Amafi

@MarkWahlberg said:

There was an interesting Nerdist podcast a while back where they interviewed the Pinky and the Brain guys (Rob Paulsen and Maurice Lamarche ), and at one point they briefly discussed how celebrities all want in on voice-acting because of what Chris Rock said at the Oscars, where you say dumb shit and they 'give you a million dollars'. They weren't super bitter about it or anything, but it did sort of underline some of the problems with stunt casting, which is that most celebrities have no experience doing that sort of work. I'll try to find the link, it was kind of cool to hear what it's like for people who do it professionally. More important reason for listening: R-rated Pinky.

edit: here ya go http://www.nerdist.com/2012/03/nerdist-podcast-rob-paulsen-and-maurice-lamarche/

That was a pretty great episode.

Posted by dropabombonit

Micheal Madsen will do anything for money these days

Posted by Jrinswand

: "Bully to Bethesda?" Alex, you've been watching Downton Abbey, haven't you?

Posted by Korwin

Susan Sarandon... also starred in The Children of Dune. It's a regular fuckin' Dune-fest up in here.

Posted by falserelic

So much power that's all I want from the game.

Posted by DeF

@SaturdayNightSpecials said:

So is there a Chloe not-Grace Moretz out there who is also famous? Why has it become the rule to include her middle name?

It's their "performance/actor name," like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Samuel L. Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, etc.--it's kinda like their brand name. often actors or even writers or directors have to change or drop part of their name because of guild/union regulations allowing only unique names. that's why some people drop their first name, change their last name, include their middle name or abbreviate parts of it. Writer David Fury (Buffy, Angel, Fringe, Lost, 24) had to change his name because of these guild regulations from David Allen Shapiro, same thing with Scottish actor David Tennant (played the tenth Doctor on Doctor Who) whose real name David McDonald was already registered with the actors union.

Posted by McBEEF

Still meh about the game-dont bethesda use some celebrity voice talent for all their games? I could be wrong?

Posted by TeflonBilly

So since Chloe Moretz and Susan Sarandon are both age-inappropriate for me can being attracted to both make me not creepy?

Posted by Ghostiet

Chloe Moretz? I'm in. I absolutely love the kid, if there's a child actor that has a real shot at making a legendary career when she's grown up, it's her.

@SaturdayNightSpecials said:

So is there a Chloe not-Grace Moretz out there who is also famous? Why has it become the rule to include her middle name?

Preference. Like Samuel L. Jackson.
Posted by Egge

Arkane is a great developer in many ways, but writing is not something they've done well in the past (Dark Messiah was a wonderful game, with an absolutely atrocious script) so it's hard to know how this is going to turn out even if the celebrity voice acting happens to be decent.

Posted by emem

Those are all pretty amazing actors, good for them. 
 
And I'll watch Lynch's Dune any time! But I will never understand why he doesn't like it, it's a fantastic movie (the mini-series is terrible, though).

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@Meowshi said:

LEL EPIC WIN ALEX

KICK-ASS AND STARWARS R SO OBSCURE HURRR

You seem angry over nothing.

Posted by SM5240

Damn, that's a hell of a voice cast. I was already super pumped for this game beforehand; now even more so.

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

So is there a Chloe not-Grace Moretz out there who is also famous? Why has it become the rule to include her middle name?

Posted by falling_fast

@Tryptophan said:

@damnable_fiend: You may be thinking of William Sanderson as J.F. Sebastian.

Dourif was not in Blade Runner. But he was in Blue Velvet. "Now it's dark."

huh. I stand corrected, then. *bows*

Posted by Krathoon

Voice acting seems like the retirement plan for older actors. That is good.

Posted by Feanor

Odd choices for examples for Brad Dourif's past work. He was nominated for an Oscar, for his part in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. And he was prominently featured in The Two Towers.

Posted by probablytuna

Holy shit Chloe Moretz is in the game? Now I'm really looking forward to this game.

Posted by President_Barackbar

@ErikSchroder said:

You can't mention Susan Sarandon and not mention Rocky Horror, Alex.

That's exactly what I was thinking.

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Posted by ErikSchroder

You can't mention Susan Sarandon and not mention Rocky Horror, Alex.

Posted by jakkblades

I do in fact Alex! I do in fact

Posted by Aarownd

Susan Sarandon just seems like a really weird choice. I hope she does well, I like her in most things I see her in, and I think she's a good actress. And she's still weirdly hot.

Edited by Tryptophan

@damnable_fiend: You may be thinking of William Sanderson as J.F. Sebastian.

Dourif was not in Blade Runner. But he was in Blue Velvet. "Now it's dark."

Posted by Tryptophan

"Damnit Janet!"

Posted by _Zombie_

@xenexprime said:

You really need to do better research. Carrie Fisher was Princess Leia in the Star Wars Original Trilogy not Star Trek.

Well, that went right over your head, didn't it?

Posted by Tregard

Aah yes, Michael Madsen of Celebrity Big Brother fame

Posted by Roger778

I have to say I'm impressed with this voice cast. Brad Dourif is the one that excites me the most, because I will always remember him as Chucky from Child's Play (That movie is SCARY!) Also, he was in Myst III: Exile, and Gun, which are two games that I own.

Also, Susan Sarandon, and Chloe Moretz are both great, too.

Posted by Meowshi

LEL EPIC WIN ALEX

KICK-ASS AND STARWARS R SO OBSCURE HURRR

Posted by Justin_W

@xenexprime: Alex used to be an editor of Screened a movie website. I'm pretty sure he is just Trolling the readers. He seems to like doing that.

Edited by xenexprime

You really need to do better research. Carrie Fisher was Princess Leia in the Star Wars Original Trilogy not Star Trek.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

Man I am reminded how I don't watch TV shows or films at all. Then again I know like 3 of these people.

Posted by CountRockula

I'm surprised to see that a lot of the sites writing about this are reacting pretty positively. This seems like a colossal waste of money given that it would cost a fraction of what they're surely paying these people to hire actual voice actors who are neither disinterested nor inexperienced in conveying things using only their voices. And it's not like they can really bank on the names to boost sales; the vast majority of people buying games don't care, and the people who might be swayed by something like that won't ever know because it's not the kind of thing you slap on the front of the box.

Every time I see developers do things like this, they always come off as really insecure; like they're still sitting at the kids' table and they feel the need to big themselves up through association with film and tv. Games are huge now, these companies could stand to be a little more confident.

Posted by DeF

@mandude said:

@DeF said:

@mandude said:

@Video_Game_King said:

Is it odd that I've never heard of any of these famous people? Probably.

Probably not. I haven't heard of any of them, either, nor the movies they are accredited to.

Unless you're five I just don't believe you've never at least heard of Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise, Dune or Star Wars (cuz y'know ...Carrie Fisher was Princess Leia and a person on the internet simply can't not know Princess Leia). I hope your comment excluded the way more contemporary TV shows like Mad Men, Game of Thrones or Deadwood. Or are the really people living under rocks? :)

Actually, I didn't see Reservoir Dogs being mentioned the first time I read through the article, so I'll give you that. Star Wars wasn't mentioned, but yeah, obviously I've seen that too. I didn't know who Carrie Fisher was until you told me, though, so I think I'd attribute the fame to Princess Leia rather than her. Also, I thought Dune was a book? Never knew there was a movie. I've heard of Game of Thrones, but none of the other ones, and even then, that's mostly about the book.

Maybe it's a culture difference?

I haven't seen any of these movies either but I have at least heard the names mentioned many times, that's what irritated me when you said you hadn't heard of any of these.^^

Yea Star Wars wasn't mentioned because Alex made a Star Trek joke :)

Posted by GERALTITUDE

I know a whole bunch of people are going to slam me for this overreaction but GOD. FUCKING. DAMN IT.

Every time I read about famous people in games I actually just get pissed. We hear so much about how development costs are so high and blah blah blah cost of games today. Do we really need celebrities to do voice acting? Hasn't decades of bad VO taught us that you don't need famous people to speak into a mic to make the story work?

I refuse to believe that these peoples names sell any copies of the game. I also refuse to believe they couldn't pay better voice actors less.

That said, if they hired James Earl Jones I might be singing a different tune. I would play a game to listen to him. But only if he narrated my entire adventure. That would be super bad ass.

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Posted by StriderNo9

Pretty great cast there. I will pay to hear John Slattery talk so this works out well for me.

Posted by Raven10

@mandude said:

@Raven10: Of course I've heard of Star Wars, and while I have seen Carrie Fisher's face before, I'd never heard her name.

Well that's good news. I was going to be pretty shocked.

Posted by mandude

@Raven10: Of course I've heard of Star Wars, and while I have seen Carrie Fisher's face before, I'd never heard her name.

Posted by Raven10

@SpunkyHePanda said:

Chloe Moretz is young enough to know that being in a video game is pretty cool. Some of those other guys are gonna half-ass it, guaranteed.

Also she was Hit Girl so you know she has to at least appreciate nerd culture. I can't decide if I'm more excited to hear Susan Sarandon Chloe Moretz. One legendary actress and one great up and coming actress.

Posted by Raven10

@mandude said:

@Video_Game_King said:

Is it odd that I've never heard of any of these famous people? Probably.

Probably not. I haven't heard of any of them, either, nor the movies they are accredited to.

So you've never heard of Star Wars? I highly doubt that. The others I could see, but I just don't believe anyone on a gaming website has never heard of Star Wars.

Posted by Dallas_Raines

Roger Sterling, yo.

Posted by Oni

Oh man Brad Dourif! One of the most criminally underrated actors, surely. I mean, he should be in like all of the things. But he's not.

Posted by believer258

@Yummylee said:

@believer258 said:

@mandude said:

@Video_Game_King said:

Is it odd that I've never heard of any of these famous people? Probably.

Probably not. I haven't heard of any of them, either, nor the movies they are accredited to.

Reservoir Dogs and Star Wars are fairly well known.

Meanwhile, it seems like every time a celebrity voice actor appears in a game, you can bet your bottom dollar that they're gonna die (or, less likely, completely disappear) at some point. Captain Picard, Oskar Schindler, Dan Conner, Gary Oldman (b/c I can't peg him in any one role), etc.

...You just reminded me that even in a video-game, as an original character, Sean Bean still dies!

Dammit, I knew I was forgetting one!

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Posted by Yummylee

@believer258 said:

@mandude said:

@Video_Game_King said:

Is it odd that I've never heard of any of these famous people? Probably.

Probably not. I haven't heard of any of them, either, nor the movies they are accredited to.

Reservoir Dogs and Star Wars are fairly well known.

Meanwhile, it seems like every time a celebrity voice actor appears in a game, you can bet your bottom dollar that they're gonna die (or, less likely, completely disappear) at some point. Captain Picard, Oskar Schindler, Dan Conner, Gary Oldman (b/c I can't peg him in any one role), etc.

...You just reminded me that even in a video-game, as an original character, Sean Bean still dies!

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Posted by Mystyr_E

@Tesla said:

Susan Sarandon is the sexiest older woman of all time.

Diane Lane says hello

Posted by believer258

@mandude said:

@Video_Game_King said:

Is it odd that I've never heard of any of these famous people? Probably.

Probably not. I haven't heard of any of them, either, nor the movies they are accredited to.

Reservoir Dogs and Star Wars are fairly well known.

Meanwhile, it seems like every time a celebrity voice actor appears in a game, you can bet your bottom dollar that they're gonna die (or, less likely, completely disappear) at some point. Captain Picard, Oskar Schindler, Dan Conner, Gary Oldman (b/c I can't peg him in any one role), etc.

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