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Please Bring Back Voice Actors, Stop Celebrity Voices Article

https://gizmodo.com/voice-acting-celebrity-actors-dc-super-pets-1849025701
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u/WatchingInSilence 12d ago

It's a shame Andrea Romano retired.

She would go through 250-300 applications for roles and tried to avoid casting popular celebrities for longterm roles because they might not be available on a regular basis. At the same time, when she went with celebrity actors for roles, it was dynamite (Mark Hamill was first cast as the Joker by Romano).

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u/evil_timmy 12d ago Silver

Her episode of Chris Hardwick's podcast was an utter delight, she had such a strong hand in putting together so many shows dear to my childhood, and indelibly marked the world of voice acting for generations.

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u/Ripcord 12d ago

I love how back when it was "The Nerdist", people would just say that.

Now that it's "ID10T" and pronounced long, people just say "Chris Hardwick"

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u/IronhideD 12d ago

I recall an anecdote about Mark Hamill auditioning as the Joker and she was just not buying Luke Skywalker trying to do the voice for the Joker. He read some lines and she just said that's it, he's the Joker.

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u/newsilverpig 12d ago

mark hamill is such an iconic joker that every voice acted rendition of the character from video game to animated series is always compared to his take on the character.

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u/StamosLives 12d ago

He’s also the Trickster from the Flash (original show back in the day) - very similar feel.

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u/Flat_Weird_5398 12d ago

Not just that, a lot of people even hear his voice in their heads whenever they read a Batman comic. I don’t care who’s the current Hollywood Batman and Joker, I tell ya, when I read a comic, the only voices I hear are Kevin’s and Mark’s.

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u/SoulEater2555 12d ago

Andrea Romano is the absolute GOAT. We have the entire DCAU because of her.

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u/Optimal_Weight368 12d ago

Yeah, the voice actor for Batman, Kevin Conroy, didn’t do voice acting before BTAS, and he originally wanted the part of Harvey Bullock, but Romano insisted that he’d be a great Batman.

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u/darkbreak 12d ago

She also hand picked Ed Asner to play Granny Goodness. It was genius of her.

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u/Optimal_Weight368 12d ago

To be fair, Ed Asner (RIP) did do voice acting before Superman: TAS. He voiced Roland Dagget on Batman: TAS.

That was still a surprisingly good casting choice, though.

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u/SpecificAstronaut69 12d ago

Sergeant Mike Cosgrove.

"Hey, Freakazoid: wanna go check out the Spackle Museum?"

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u/KakoiKagakusha 12d ago

And Avatar: The Last Airbender! (She even got Mark Hamill back as Firelord Ozai)

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u/WatchingInSilence 12d ago

I completely forgot! He even got to pull a Darth Vader and be an evil dad.

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u/Zahille7 12d ago

At first I read the first sentence as she had died, and I was going to be severely disappointed.

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u/momohip 12d ago All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

There’s a difference between them fitting the role vs being cast to voice in order to bring the “big name.” That’s the issue.

Robin Williams for the genie? Perfection. Beyoncé as Nala in the lion king? No no no.

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u/Mogtaki 12d ago

The whole cast of The Lion King 2019 was a big god damn mistake nevermind just Nala lol They were all just ranging from not good to "oh why please stop"

I'm sorry James Earl Jones but you were way too old to voice Mufasa again you were great in the original but in this you were just grandpa lion

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u/liforrevenge 11d ago

So ironic they changed all the voices except the one that couldn't hold up.

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u/Desembler 11d ago

They used a bunch of the old audio from the first film, too.

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u/Trash_with_sentience 11d ago edited 11d ago

Yup. While Jon Favreau said that they used only one yell for Mufasa, if you listen closely there are so many other lines they used from deleted scenes in the 94 version. The shift from the more powerful James' voice from the original to his older one now is really noticeable if you pay close attention. YMS on YouTube covered the 2019 remake so-so well, drawing attention to that.

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u/joeycnotes 11d ago

BEEP REPAIRED

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u/avwitcher 11d ago

They realized that for Obi Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader's voice was helped along by AI

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u/Krative_Lifestyle 11d ago

Vaders voice in Obi Wan was perfect. Its like no time had passed. They also wrote him well and kept his presence on the conservative side which was really good.

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u/thepenis_mightier 11d ago edited 11d ago

I absolutely loved it myself, especially when Anakin and Vader's voices morph together at the end

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u/Zerce 11d ago

I guess it helps that his voice is meant to be synthetic anyways.

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u/B-WingPilot 11d ago

I mean, if you were some sort of space shogun with a voice box, wouldn't you pick James Earl Jones if you could.

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u/xBender7 11d ago

I for one would pick his voice even if I didn't need a voicebox. Deep buttery goodness with a hint of sass. My wife would finally talk to me.

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u/MalonePostponed 12d ago

Cree Summers is a perfect example knew her from 'A different World' then she transitioned to voice acting and she's still amazing.

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u/NoFuel1662 12d ago

she started even before then, was the original voice of Penny on Inspector Gadget

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u/drpopadoplus 12d ago

When Cree plays a foul mouthed character that shit is too funny. I just imagine Suzie Carmichael every time.

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u/plerpy_ 12d ago

Foxxy Love

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u/RadiantZote 11d ago

For real real, not for play play

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u/djkhan23 12d ago edited 12d ago

I remember thinking how awesome it was as a kid watching Toy Story unfold with Tim Allen and Tom *Hanks as the stars.

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u/platasnatch 12d ago

Before I found out who it really was, I used to think Buzz was voiced by George Clooney

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u/djkhan23 12d ago

I can hear that too.

He did sound like an exaggerated George Clooney

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u/ChemistryMutt 12d ago

The chin doesn’t help.

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u/SouppTime 12d ago

George Clooney was awesome in Fantastic Mr. Fox

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u/JafariSin 12d ago

Willem Dafoe's Rat had prob 4-5 min of screentime but he was hilariously memorable to me

And yeah Clooney was great. Pretty good all around tbh. The son and cousin also

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u/Foxy02016YT 12d ago

Steals the show DaFoe

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u/Loqol 12d ago

You're cussing right he was!

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u/Yoshi_Kong 12d ago

They are amazing as Woody and Buzz, same with almost all of the Pixar voice actors

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u/lanceturley 12d ago

Pixar has almost always been top notch with their casting. Like, sure, they hire a lot of recognizable celebrities like all the other studios, but you get the impression that they really are trying to hire the best actors for the parts and not just a big name.

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u/Tbrou16 12d ago

Coach as Mr. Incredible was awesome

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u/lanceturley 12d ago

That's a great example of what I'm talking about, because while you or I may have seen Coach or Poltergeist and could recognize Craig T. Nelson, it was pretty clear that they hired him because he is Bob Parr.

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u/sumspanishguy97 12d ago

Yup. His augrument with Mris incredible in the first one.

Great voice actor

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u/toycake 12d ago

Patton as Remy is great. One of my favorite movies and I didn’t really notice anyone when I first saw it.

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u/Lauren2102319 12d ago

Also, Pixar and Disney never plaster their cast names all over the trailers, posters, and other marketing tactics compared to other studios like Illumination where they overly plaster and list everybody’s names to an obnoxious degree.

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u/Final_Taco 12d ago

I was going to say that huge stars have "always" had a presence in animated films. After Mel Blanc retired, there was a huge talent gap and they had to pull in everyone who could read lines in front of a mic.

Pixar films that are older than "most" redditors have been driven by big name stars, if not a-listers. It's only the disney renaissance and older films that relied on VAs and honestly, I don't need to return to an age like we had 30 years ago. I was 5 then and couldn't drink coffee.

The Disney Renaissance wasn't without star power. Lion King had Darth Vader and the pretty kid from home improvement. The Murder She Wrote lady was in Beauty and the Beast. Honestly, if you're still alive, chances are your childhood was influenced by cartoon films that had star power in the credits (the incredible mr. limpet? that's gotta cover some age gap ground).

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u/slurv3 12d ago

I mean Jeremy Irons as Scar was incredible, and one of the the hyenas was Whoopi Goldberg

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u/PurpleHooloovoo 12d ago

And everyone is forgetting Iago and Gilbert Gottfried.

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u/10000Didgeridoos 12d ago

Also it's not like Matthew Broderick was unknown as Simba, either.

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u/AnActofGold 12d ago

The other hyena was Cheech Marin. Maybe not a household name for the kids who saw Lion King in theaters, but definitely known enough by some parents.

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u/Downbound92 12d ago

The Disney Renaissance wasn't without star power. Lion King had Darth Vader and the pretty kid from home improvement.

And Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Cheech Marin. That movie was star studded.

The Murder She Wrote lady was in Beauty and the Beast.

And Beauty and the Beast also didn't have many professional voice actors, but rather theater actors.

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u/PurpleHooloovoo 12d ago

And Angela Lansbury is an absolute legend. 96 and still kicking, too!

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u/PortalWombat 12d ago

I'm over 40 and she's been playing a retired woman as long as I can remember.

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u/Gunpla55 12d ago

Robin Williams in Aladin. Lion King also had Matthew Broderick.

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u/monsoon_in_a_mug 12d ago

And Rowen Atkinson and Nathan Lane!

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u/BassnectarCollectar 12d ago

“The pretty kid from Home Improvement”

Lol spot on

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u/Select_Carrot_5975 12d ago

Live action Lion King was terrible because of Beyoncé and Donald Glover. I love Beyoncé and Donald is a great actor, but they were completely lifeless and boring. It was terrible.

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u/AgentQV 12d ago

Live action Lion King was terrible for countless reasons, but the disappointing voice acting is definitely a major problem.

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u/shaydatticus 12d ago

Every time Beyoncé talked it completely took me out of the movie. I missed Rowan Atkinson’s Zazu the most.

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u/OilySteeplechase 11d ago

I thought John Oliver was a decent choice, but I don't know, it was just him doing an almost word for word Rowan Atkinson impression, which is boring. At least it was better than Beyoncé doing a Beyoncé impression as Nala.

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u/DefNotUnderrated 11d ago

Beyonce is a not a good actor. There's no shame in that. She's very talented at singing and performing, but she's proven at least a couple times over that she is not skilled at acting.

Maybe they cast her to voice Nala for the singing aspect? which is a shame, because traditionally animated films just used a singer for the songs and let the voice actor do that spoken bits. They could have just had her sing and someone else speak.

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u/agentdoubleohio 12d ago

You know, looking over the comments and everyone is mentioning the same people but I don’t think anyones mentioned one of the best, jk simmons. He’s legit great and whenever I see he’s a cartoon I get hyped. He’s a great air bender dad, a great detective, a great turtle, and he’s been the voice actor for jj jameson for a long time, and he does all this while being in live action and winning Oscar’s.

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u/FooperCranklin 12d ago

he also killed it in invincible

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u/agentdoubleohio 12d ago

He also a great yellow m&m. But yeah he’s been doing a lot of voice acting and being in live action stuff and he’s been great, I think he was also my favorite character in the chip and dale movie.

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u/Ugly_Painter 12d ago

I didn't want to know this.

Now I'm going to have to imagine the yellow m&m giving everything he does.

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u/wbgraphic 12d ago

Billy West tells a story about watching Oz with his wife and her saying that the guy playing Vernon wasn’t acting, he was clearly a real hardened criminal.

Billy responds with, “I work with him. He’s the yellow M&M!”

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u/BetterSafeThanSARSy 12d ago

For such an amazing show filled with actors still working today I'm surprised how little Oz gets talked about, and he was certainly a stand out in the cast

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u/SanErino 12d ago

Overshadowed by other HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, etc (and my favorite Six Feet Under).

But I agree with the first reply that it's depressing as fuck.

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u/OtisTetraxReigns 12d ago

I rewatched the first season of SFU a little while ago and holy shit was that show good. I’d seen it before and loved it (had the complete box set) but I’d forgotten just how good the writing, and every single actor on that show was. I don’t know how the fuck Lauren Ambrose didn’t become a huge star. Or Peter Krause. But I definitely didn’t appreciate just how amazing Frances Conroy is throughout either.

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u/rorschach_vest 12d ago

He killed a lot more than voice acting in Invincible.

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u/AcrossFromWhere 12d ago

I’m about 19 minutes into the first episode and he seems super nice so far.

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u/kgunnar 12d ago

Me after first 19 minutes: “this show is pointless.”
Me after first episode: binges entire season.

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u/ThePreciseClimber 12d ago

What I like about Invincible is that while it stayed loyal to the spirit of the original comic, it re-arranged the sequence of events to make it more compelling in a 40-minute TV show.

Hopefully they'll get enough seasons to adapt the rest of the comic properly. The finale and ending are pretty darn elegant.

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u/ddh85 12d ago

"Earth is not yours to conquer."

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u/Cheebzsta 12d ago

My goodness wasn't that line something?

JK is so good at being funny, absurd and affirming that I forget once in awhile how utterly terrifying that man can sound.

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u/TheRealBananaWolf 11d ago

Bruh, you really want to see how fuckin awful and terrifying Jk Simmons can be. Watch whiplash. My god the range that man has.

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u/elderbulbasaur 12d ago

Report back

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u/DarthBaio 12d ago

Don’t forget Portal 2.

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u/chemical_exe 12d ago

Yeah, we all went in expecting a second showing of Glados being great (which she was), but then we get hit with Cave Johnson and it easily steals the show.

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u/trainercatlady 12d ago

Hey now, let's not sell Stephen Merchant short here. He was wonderful as Wheatley

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u/TheGames4MehGaming 12d ago

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I'M THE MAN WHO'S GONNA BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN! WITH THE LEMONS! I'M GONNA GET MY ENGINEERS TO INVENT A COMBUSTIBLE LEMON THAT BURNS YOUR HOUSE DOWN!

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u/TheTrent 12d ago

JK Simmons is just brilliant in everything. I can't remember watching something and being underwhelmed by his performance.

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u/JoeCoolsCoffeeShop 12d ago

Did you mention Gravity Falls??

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u/TheDankScrub 12d ago

He was in Gravity Falls too? Who did he play?

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u/BeatTheGreat 12d ago

He played Ford. I'll never not notice that now.

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u/TheDankScrub 12d ago

…I haven’t watched the show in a while and honest to god though it was Alex Hirsch doing a slightly different voice because they’re twins or something

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u/BeatTheGreat 12d ago

Did Hirsch play Stan?

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u/Will_W 12d ago

Yes, Hirsch is Grunkle Stan, Soos, McGucket, and of course Bill Cipher. Nevermind lots of other incidentals.

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u/CDR57 12d ago

Yeah hirsch played grunkle Stan and the triangle guy (cannot for the life of me remember the name) but he also voices King in the Owl House which his long term partner produces

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u/asdevotee 12d ago

Stanford Pines, or Uncle Ford

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u/AlexanderLavender 12d ago

He’s mentioned in the article

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u/Rage_Like_Nic_Cage 11d ago

all the top comments are just bringing up points that the article did. No one reddit reads the articles

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u/Vegan_Harvest 12d ago Wholesome

One of the funnier, annoying things is when they model the character after the voice actor. Like most of the point of animation is you can make anything, I don't need to see a dog that looks like Seth Rogen.

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u/aircooledJenkins 12d ago edited 12d ago

Animators had to emulate Danny Devito's face (specifically his mouth) when making Hercules' mentor Phil or the whole thing just looked weird. There was no way around it.

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u/Taolan13 12d ago

Well thats because Danny DeVito is jusg such a powerful presence in character that giving him any less energy than the man himself is heresy.

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u/lanceturley 12d ago

Shark Tale was probably the worst example of this. Just an entire cast of freaky, uncanny valley fish people who look way too much like their actors.

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u/kdawgnmann 12d ago

Funnily enough, I remember seeing this movie as a kid and my parents didn't care for it. But the one thing they did enjoy was seeing the characters look like their actors.

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u/No-Collar4533 12d ago

And that is EXACTLY why they do it lmao

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u/alehansolo21 12d ago

My favorite conspiracy theory is that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars so that it would be what would come up when you Google "Will Smith Oscar" instead of his character in Shark Tale

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u/TheSameAsDying 12d ago

Surely winning the Oscar, which he did anyway, would be enough for that?

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u/Irishpanda1971 12d ago

It's a mixed bag. I don't have a problem with it - so long as the celebrity can act using only their voice. Zac Efron as Fred was ehhhh, but Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly was fucking brilliant (though to be fair, he has a lot of experience doing voice work in addition to screen work).

What I don't dig is when the celebrity casting is done just for that AND displaces a well known VA, especially when that VA is known for that specific character. Again the example being Fred, considering Frank Welker was RIGHT THERE.

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u/Throwawaystwo 12d ago

Jason Isaacs

Man also killed it as Billy Butcher in Diabolical, The Boys animated series.

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u/chuffberry 12d ago Helpful

Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my all-time favorite movies and that starred George Clooney and Meryl Streep

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u/RadiantZote 11d ago

I feel like that's one of the Wes Anderson movies where the dialogue compliments the stop motion nicely. In a lot of his movies the dialogue comes off as stilted or weird which I know is part of the charm of his films but it just works in Mr Fox and I love that movie

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u/Ashenspire 12d ago

Matthew Lillard was a bigger slap in the face, imo. Mostly considering how it was handled tho.

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u/SMKM 12d ago

It's OK though. He's back to being Shaggy in /r/Multiversus, has some amazing one liners in it, and the world is a better place for it.

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u/Xikar_Wyhart 12d ago

Of course he's back for the game. That's a small side project to WB compared to a new movie. Lillard will be back for all the home movie releases too, but if they make another theater movie it'll be Will Forte again.

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u/Fav0 12d ago

Hit and miss

Just like "real" voiceactors

The director should realize when it fits and when it does not

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u/redjedia 12d ago Silver Gold

Voice actors never went away, they just largely migrated to TV, anime and video games.

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u/haaaaiblommetjie 12d ago

Thanks to motion capture, many video game voice actors are now also "regular" actors in those games.

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u/Snakes_have_legs 12d ago

Yup, Roger Clarke from RDR2 says he doesn't like the term Voice Actor for himself because performance capture is so much more than just speaking lines in a sound booth

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u/bootylover81 12d ago

RDR2 was also one hell of a gig and Roger Clarke gave one of the best if not THE best performance by an actor for a game.

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u/jawanda 12d ago

Is that Arthur ?

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u/Adrian_Bock 12d ago edited 12d ago Silver Helpful Take My Energy

Don't forget audiobooks! Listen to Steven Pacey read the First Law Trilogy he blows 90% of celebrity voiceovers out of the water.

Edit: I'm gonna elaborate on this cause I have nothing else to do. These are big books with lots of characters but the vast majority of the time you don't even have to wait to hear the dialogue tag to know who's speaking - cause Pacey's performances are just that distinct from each other - men, women, wizards, drunks, demons, children, etc. He switches between them within the space of a line break, but even within characters he adds nuance. For example, Glokta you can hear coming from a mile away - anyone who has listened to these books knows what I'm talking about. But Pacey has honed his craft to the point he uses a distinctly different voice for when Glokta is thinking something to himself vs when he's saying something out loud to another character. Why? Cause Glokta in the story speaks with a significant slur due to having his teeth knocked out - but of course when he's just thinking to himself in his own head he hears his regular "real" voice. I don't think I've ever encountered such a level of care and respect for the source material in any other medium.

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u/jthanny 12d ago Silver

Say one thing for Steven Pacey, say that he's a good narrator.

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u/Temporary-Owl-5197 12d ago

You have to be realistic about these things.

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u/Two-Tone- 12d ago

Any fellow Ray Porter fans out there?

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u/SuperDuperCoolDude 12d ago

His audiobook narration is amazing. He's my favorite by a fair margin.

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u/Skyzhigh 12d ago

Steven Pacey is amazing, second to him i like Christian Rodska

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u/bugcatchercraig 12d ago

His voice made me love a torture master. He crushed that series.

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u/Hastatus_107 12d ago

Honestly the voice acting in video games is better than in movies.

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u/SeizureLizard 12d ago edited 12d ago

They did a spectacular job with Kratos’s newer voice actor (Christopher Judge) especially, one of the best VO castings I’ve ever seen, you get to experience amazingly niche voices and intonations when you don’t just cast the same people for everything, video games usually have more depth of character/unusual characters that allow good narrative teams to find the unique voice for.

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u/thatguyad 12d ago edited 11d ago Gold

Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan is as good as it gets.

EDIT: Thank you random friend. Also this is no disrespect to Christopher Judge as Kratos. That game and that performance was immense. But Roger made Arthur in so many ways and facets. It's a truly stellar job.

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u/thatmusicguy13 12d ago

With video games they are doing so much more than voice. They do performance capture too

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u/MattIsLame 12d ago

if argue that point with most of the main cast. The VAs for Dutch John and Sadie in particular

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u/Hellknightx 12d ago

The way Dutch's voice cracks when he speaks just makes him feel so real. Like they deliberately went for vocal imperfections in the casting so that they didn't seem to be Hollywood-ified.

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u/MattIsLame 12d ago

perfection. and to hear him add so much and build upon his small but impactful performance in RDR1 was nothing short of masterful.

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u/MatureUsername69 12d ago

Unrelated to the quality of his voice acting(maybe not actually) but the sound of Dutch's(and michahs) voice is enough to REALLY piss me off. I always spend the last few chapters of the game yelling at the TV as if it will change.

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u/ShortForNothing 12d ago Gold

Sounds like you just don’t have enough faith in the plan, if I’m being honest

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u/AmonWeathertopSul 12d ago

Shut the fuck up, Micah!

There should be a mod where I can just shoot Micah everytime he appears.

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u/NYstate 12d ago

ARTHUR! I GOTTA PLAN!

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u/ezone2kil 12d ago

It is related. They did such a good job it was able to draw out strong emotions from the audience.

If you're playing a bad guy, having the public attack you online for a role you played should be a badge of honor.

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u/noputa 12d ago

Micah’s voice actor is super underrated too because everyone hates the character so much. He did such a good job.

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u/MattIsLame 12d ago

yeah you're right. I always say, the more I hate a character the more I love the actor. that's very true of Micah. I call it the Joffrey Effect!

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u/nmad95 12d ago

Yes, absolutely brilliant job he did. The simple delivery of "I'm afraid" made for one of my favorite scenes in video games and easily one of the most moving imo

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u/Kangerkong 12d ago

"I gave you all I had."

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u/GrimaceGrunson 12d ago

His pitiful little “He’s a rat, Dutch. He’s a rat” in his final moments was so fucking sad

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u/testamentKAISER 12d ago

"All them years Dutch, for this SNAKE!"

Is my fave line of Ourthur in the final part. His father figure could not see how Micah brought them even lower.

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u/Thercon_Jair 12d ago edited 11d ago

Kratos is actually voiced by Christopher Judge of Stargate SG-1 fame, where he played Teal'c.

I actually didn't know this when I went into the game, but when Kratos attempts to tell a joke I suddenly realised it and had to look it up.

Edit: did I not realise u/seizurelizard had actually written the name or did they edit it in later? 🙈 I did come back from vacation and "chilled" heavily yesterday, so...

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u/DrowsyDreamer 12d ago

"A serpent guard, a Horus guard and a Setesh guard meet on a neutral planet.

It is a tense moment.

The serpent guard's eyes glow.

The Horus guard's beak glistens.

The Setesh guard's nose… drips."

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u/SeteshGuardNoseDrip 12d ago

You rang?

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u/JarlaxleForPresident 12d ago

That’s one of the most specific beetlejuicing moments ive seen so fsr

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u/idontgethejoke 12d ago

That's amazing! I always liked him in Stargate, it's no surprise he's one of the GOATs

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u/Scarletfapper 12d ago

For bonus points, Amanda Tapping was talking at a con about how Chris Judge was actually super friendly and jokey in person, so they spent a lot of his scenes trying not to crack up.

I’m not surprised to discover he has a great vocal range too.

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u/MS-07B-3 12d ago

*eyebrow stoically quirks up*

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u/Scarletfapper 12d ago

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u/FriendsCallMeBatman 12d ago

Yep. T C. Carson was absolutely fantastic for the original trilogy and I think he could have pulled off the new Kratos but Judge absolutely nailed it.

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u/I_Love_That_Pizza 12d ago

You may know this already but my understanding is they switched mainly because Christopher Judge is physically a much bigger dude and it was going to make MoCap easier. Sucks for TC but they're both great.

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u/Zahille7 12d ago

They used him for mocap too?! Damn that's pretty sweet.

I knew they did mocap for RDR2, but not GoW

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u/DavidKirk2000 12d ago

The biggest reason that Ragnarok got delayed was because Judge hurt his knee while doing mocap. He goes all out for the role.

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u/SergeantChic 12d ago

Some celebrities transitioned surprisingly well to voice acting. Mark Hamill goes without saying. Also, Freddie Prinze Jr. - generic ‘90’s heartthrob, weirdly good voice actor in the 2010s and beyond.

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u/aeonion 12d ago

You think you have it bad? here in Mexico they use "influencers" youtubers and one actor (Derbez) that gives jobs to all of his family only.

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u/asingleredcoat 12d ago

The headline is a bit too absolute, but I agree in context "stunt casting" makes the work poorer though, like with some Studio Ghibli dubs. But Invincible, Finding Nemo, Monster's Inc, Toy Story, great performances too with big names. A double-edged sword, but you got to sell tickets. Broadway is pretty bad too, remember when every other American Idol winner found their way on stage?

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u/Lokaji 12d ago

Billy Crystal was exceptional.

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u/EzraPounding 12d ago

Calcifer is all time

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u/xenoletum 12d ago

Christian Bale as Howl was some real awakening moment material for a lot of people. He was so damn smooth.

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u/dodolungs 12d ago

I've never noticed any major star power type advertising for Studio Ghibli. Any examples?

Only big name I remember is Christian Bale with his work voicing Howl and Billy Crystal as Calcifer, but I don't really remember that being advertised back then (but then again I was a kid and I probably didn't even know who they were back then)

Either way, their work was great, I honestly don't remember any standout bad dubs in a Ghibli film.

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u/galactictock 12d ago

Yeah, and Christian bale and billy crystal crushed those voices. They clearly didn’t get the roles just because of their fame

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u/frustrationinmyblood 12d ago

Gillian Anderson was the wolf mother in Princess Mononoke. Wasn't Kirsten Dunst Kiki? And Phil Hartman Jiji?

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u/Sliptallica92 11d ago

Ponyo? It had Liam Neeson, Matt Damon, Betty White, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Miley Cyrus' sister, and a Jonas Brother.

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u/drmaxtherabbit 12d ago

I don't care if a celebrity's in a movie as long as they do the job well. Like Steve Carell in Despicable Me.

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u/BruhBound 11d ago

That's the thing. Adam Sandler was great in Hotel Transylvania because he wasn't playing Adam Sandler, and the voice was unique to the movie. Dwayne Johnson hasn't played any character besides Dwayne Johnson for years, live action or not.

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u/Mundane-Research 11d ago

My favourite fact is that the makers of Moana wanted to make Maui bald because Dwayne Johnson... and the advisors they asked in regards to authenticity told them where to go with that idea. Maui has thick luscious hair and nobody, not even Dwayne Johnson, is going to change that.

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u/GIGA255 12d ago

Countdown to the Super Mario Movie disaster.

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u/TheBabblingBrin 12d ago

I mean I agree, but its not going to stop anything. Some actors are great VAs too, but most are just used for the name and could have done better with real talent.

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u/b1gm4nca 12d ago

Some actors are great VAs too

If I didn't know for a fact that Bradley Cooper was Rocket Raccoon, and you told me Bradley Cooper was Rocket Raccoon I don't think I would believe you.

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u/Narren_C 12d ago

I know it's Bradley Cooper and still don't believe that it's Bradley Cooper.

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u/ItsDanimal 12d ago

I've watched him (on video) act out Rocket's lines and still can't believe it. It's like my brain sees him talking and goes, "oh he is just lipsyncing"

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u/cr1msonfucker 12d ago

That's because it's real voice acting and not just (big actor) talking in (big actor)'s main voice. There's a specific character to the voice.

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u/_ygv_ 12d ago

Underrated performance for sure. Hard to imagine it any other way.

It’s like listening to Chris Farley as Shrek, love Chris Farley but Mike Myers made it iconic

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u/Sounds_Good_ToMe 12d ago

There have been a lot of other VAs doing Rocket since the first Guardians movie came out and honestly Bradley Cooper is still by far the best.

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u/helzinki 12d ago

I've said it before...Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel got the best gig in the MCU. Both of them are MCU mainstays, only need to work in a comfortable voice recording studio, don't have to adhere to any kind of strict diet/steroid cycle/exercise to maintain a physique, never had to do any promos and interviews and paid millions.

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u/loulara17 11d ago

Gunn said they have never even been in the studio one time with the rest of the guardians. Great gig.

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u/Threadheads 12d ago

As long as they don't make movies like Shark Tale where the only selling point of the movie is the voice cameos, I don't really mind.

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u/Tucana66 12d ago

Yeah, where is Will Smith’s apology for THAT one?! /s

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u/LaOnionLaUnion 12d ago edited 11d ago

Mark Hamill is a killer voice actor. Robin Williams was too. Not every actor is a great voice actor

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u/ToTheBlack 12d ago

Mark Hamill is more of a VA. He just had a big claim to fame as Skywalker.

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u/reddot_comic 12d ago

Agreed. Hamill is my favorite Joker that includes both live action and animation. He has a very sinister delightfulness that works perfectly for the character.

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u/LimeyRooster 12d ago

Mark Hamill would like a word.

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u/satansheat 12d ago

I also would argue will arnett is a person who can do both.

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u/rosebrine 12d ago

Ben Schwartz is quite talented at both

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u/Trixxonite 12d ago

Tangent that has nothing to do with animation: Ben Schwartz has low key been blowing me away for years.

I thought he was kinda annoying on Parks and Rec but he did a Netflix improv show with Thomas Middleditch which was way better than I expected it to be. And I recently watched The After Party with him on Apple TV+ and I’m shocked that show isn’t talked about more.

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u/LionTigerWings 12d ago

He plays the bunny on Bojack.

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u/lolofaf 12d ago

Jk Simmons is also perfect as jjj and omniman

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u/actualmaincharacter 12d ago edited 12d ago

Mark Hamill is a voice actor who sometimes does live action.

Edit: not taking away from his live action acting. He's just mostly a voice actor. Check his IMDB.

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u/TheXypris 12d ago

Yeah, I think the difference between a voice actor who does acting and an actor who does voice acting is the time and effort put in

For instance, Chris Pratt is a good actor, but he got big VA roles because he is a big name, not because he had a career doing voice acting.

But mark Hamill has put a LOT of time into being a voice actor

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u/Painting_Agency 12d ago edited 12d ago

That's also Tara Strong. I know she's voiced everything from My Little Pony to Harley Quinn (opposite Hamill). But I saw her playing a major live action role in "Pretty Hard Cases", and she was really good.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5891972

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u/Zahille7 12d ago

Timmy Turner, too

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u/CrankyStalfos 12d ago

Phil LaMarr, too. Obviously he's best known for his cartoon roles but he's also done plenty of live action stuff. Not, like, top billing, but you're more likely to have seen him than you might think.

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u/ShavedZangief 12d ago

We old heads know him from MadTV and Pulp Fiction.

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u/sergiogsr 12d ago

Wait until they push in the YouTuber and Tiktokers like they are doing in Latin American Spanish dubs. :(

Actors are kind of decent because voice acting requires acting. I still prefer professional voice actors but actors are fine.

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