Voice acting palaver gets internet speculating

News posted by Ryan on June 18th, 2009 at 11:55am GMT

James DioAlthough 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.”

Tim CurryIf 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?

9 nutters have commented on this post
1. Scott 12 years, 11 months ago

Curry is a better choice for Doviculous. I love Dio but he’s not really a villainous type. If I had to hire a musician to play the arch-villain I would go with someone like King Diamond…or better yet Gene Simmons, as Simmons already has acting experience and his shameless greed is a great quality for an enemy of true metal :)

2. Ryan BRUTAL! Staff 12 years, 11 months ago

Totally agreed. I’ve always been a big fan of Curry, and you only have to look at his IMDB page to see how flexible he is as a voice actor. I can totally see him pulling the role off superbly, and for the major villain I think that’s more important than whether or not he’s a metal god! :)

3. Coggs 12 years, 11 months ago

While I also agree that Curry is a better choice to voice Doviculus, I think its a damn shame that we wont be seeing Dio in the game as he is one of my most personal metal heros. I REALLY wish that they could find another roll for him, no matter how small it is.

4. death in a handbasket 12 years, 11 months ago

that’s bullshit. the fact that Tim Curry is not “Metal” should completely remove him from possible replacements. Like Scott said “If I had to hire a musician to play the arch-villain” I would ONLY choose someone METAL! Dude, seriously!

5. Kroms 12 years, 11 months ago

@death in a handbasket: I assume you haven’t seen him doing the Lord of Darkness in Legend.

6. Death in a handbasket 12 years, 11 months ago

@Kroms: I believe I am misunderstood. I’m not dissing Tim Curry in any manner, it’s just that the vision Tim Schafer has of Brütal Legend is entirely about Heavy Metal Music. I do agree that Tim Curry could pull off the evil Dark Lord role effortlessly, however I believe he takes away from the Heavy Metal Mythology of the game by simply being an actor instead of a musician.

7. Jarmo 12 years, 10 months ago

Okay. I don’t really care if Dio is there or not but what I do care (as a heavy metal fanatic) is that you say “Black Sabbath’s” Dio. Hell no!

Ronnie James Dio is singing for Heaven & Hell. They released a new album this year and Heaven & Hell. I know it’s most of Sabbath on it (Iommi, Butler etc) but the band is Heaven & Hell

8. Coggs 12 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, but Dio took over for Ozzy when Ozzy got booted out of Black Sabbath, so Dio was also in Sabbath.

9. viagra 10 years, 2 months ago

Once upon a time, I turned pages for Jamie when he performed the Kreutzer Sonata at a studio class. This was before I played it myself, so I was unfamiliar with the theme & variations movement. There’s one particular variation which is 2 straight pages of 16th notes, and 2 repeats. I made the mistake of glancing away from the page for a second, and discovered to my horror when I looked back that I couldn’t remember a) where we were, and b) whether we had done the repeats. I ended up half-standing & hovering for what seemed like an eternity, with Jamie kindly giving me subtle no shakes and finally a clear yes nod.Then there was the time that I turned for a friend playing in a vocal recital @ Scotiafest. He asked me at the last minute as a favour, so I accepted, forgetting that I was battling the remnants of a nasty cough. There’s nothing like being on stage and NOT BEING ALLOWED TO COUGH that will make you want to cough up a lung. I managed to get through the entire thing without once coughing during a piece, but then had a friend in the audience comment on the odd expression on my face at various times.

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