Although you’ll already be aware of this if you’ve been keeping tabs on the Community Tracker, the internet has been doing a lot of talking during the past few days about a few tidbits of news concerning Brutal Legend‘s voice talent.
The most major piece of news is that Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio will no longer be voicing a character in Brutal Legend, which many are saying is due to fellow Black Sabbath alumni Ozzy Osbourne who is currently involved in a legal issue over the band’s name, and also appearing in Brutal Legend.
Instead the character Dio played will be performed by high-quality actor Tim Curry, who you’ve almost certainly seen or heard in something else. Brutal Legend designer Tim Schafer says that the Black Sabbath lawsuit isn’t related to the recasting, instead putting it down to the sheer talent of Tim Curry:
“Ronnie James Dio is an amazing singer and truly one of the great figures of metal. But as the character of Doviculus evolved, we realized that Tim Curry was a better fit for the part. Anyone who has seen his amazing performance as the Lord of Darkness in the movie Legend knows why we cast him in the role of Doviculus, Emperor of the Tainted Coil.”
If you’ve seen the ‘Characters’ page you’ll know that Doviculus is as far as we know the ultimate bad guy in Brutal Legend, so I’d say that Tim Curry is quite well suited to this role — probably more so than Dio.
In addition to the above news, rumours thundered through various blogs after Schafer left the following ambiguous post on his Twitter page the other day:
“K, I’m getting on this plane and flying to the UK for one day to meet with someone who’s threatening to cancel. Humanity, don’t let me down!”
Naturally presumptions were made en masse, with every British voice actor in Brutal Legend considered. However, it turns out the worry was completely unwarranted as Schafer followed with another tweet last night:
“Oh, you crazy blogs. I appreciate the concern, but I just meant cancel a recording session. Not cancel themselves from the game.”
What would a Tim Schafer game be without a boatload of drama before its release, eh?