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Nolan North: If I Could Go Back and Re-Record Any Role, It Would Be Prince Of Persia
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Nolan North is the busiest man in videogames. The prolific voice actor has performed in roles as varied as the Assassin’s Creed series, the Uncharted games, Gears of War 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Batman: Arkham City, Dragon Age and more. But if he could go back a re-record any of his performances, which one would it be?

During a recent interview with the man himself, we asked North that very question. The answer was pretty interesting. Nolan told us, “Well, y’know, I don’t have any regrets. And I wouldn’t say I choose the characters because the developers ultimately choose me. But if I could go back and redo one though, let’s put it that way, I would go back and redo my Prince of Persia.

Nolan played the Prince in Ubisoft’s 2008 reboot of the series, providing the cocky character with an American accent.

“I just didn’t really feel like the American accent worked with the artistry that the game showed,” he said. “I thought that was a beautiful game and it was a fun game to play, but the flowing robes and the style of what he looked like - I really wanted to do a little bit of a Middle Eastern accent, or actually a slightly British accent like Jake Gyllenhaal did [in the 2010 movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time]."

North continued, “I just think it needed a little bit of flavour to it, because I just felt that the middle-American accent didn’t match the beautiful art work that the game had. For me, personally, there was just a slight disconnect. So if I could go back and re-do one, I’d wanna give him a little more style. I’m a proud American, but there’s not that much flair to the American accent. There’s not much of a romantic style to an American accent, necessarily.

“Prince of Persia would be the one I would probably wanna re-do.”

The full interview with Nolan North will be hitting the site on Thursday. Look out for it, it’s a corker.




 
 

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Comment #1 by UltimateBane32
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 12:26:11 PM
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Time travel powers, activate!


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Comment #2 by Taiyz
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 12:30:15 PM
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Well hopefully someday they may make a sequel to the 2010 Prince of Persia, and he'll be able to get his wish. I'm fine with the sudden accent change as long as Ubisoft doesn't change the character's voice actor like what happened with Altair and Subject 16 in Assassin's Creed: Revelations. (For the record though, Yuri Lowenthal should always play the classic prince, in my opinion.)


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Comment #3 by Jack Flak
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 12:46:27 PM
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If you had it to do over, you would do it like Jake Gyllenhaal? Fail, Mr. North, fail.


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Comment #6 by SP4RT4N360
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 12:48:31 PM
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I loved that game it was beautiful, the platforming was so well done and just flowed, the art style was gorgeous, the script was good but he's right the cocky American accent did take you out the moment sometimes. Ive been hoping for a sequel, still waiting.......


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Comment #7 by a hippyslayer
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 12:48:36 PM
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What's a corker?


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Comment #8 by Jack Flak
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 12:49:48 PM
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@4 Read it again douche, he said he's a proud American.


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Comment #9 by Hansathan
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 12:56:44 PM
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@4 As your very own Tim Roth would say, "Sod off!"


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Comment #11 by MetalGearMax
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:00:57 PM
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Except Penguin in Arkham City, the dude just always does Nathan Drake.

Uncharted, Assassins Creed, POP2008, Dark Void and Shadow Complex all have him doing that cocky American voice. Even NPC roles like in Terminator Salvation or Spider-Man.

His Penguin voice wasn't even that unique, it's the same Cockney accent he uses as the Darklings in the Darkness games. Not sure how he gets so much work or how he's been cast in the new Star Trek movie.

Voice actors should have a range.
Watch this for real voice acting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SBzRmWeC6Ds
True masters of their field.


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Comment #12 by Hansathan
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:07:52 PM
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@11 You sound jealous of his success.


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Comment #13 by Exu
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:22:31 PM
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I really liked The Pirnce from POP2008 personally, never felt it didn't fit or anything.

Still, if Nolan wants to adjust the voice then maybe Ubisoft will just have to FINALLY make a sequel instead of churning out Assassin's Creed game after Assassin's Creed game, won't they?


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Comment #14 by Rivercurse
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:25:39 PM
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I loved that game. Always wanted a sequel.


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Comment #15 by Cinderkin
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:30:28 PM
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One of my all time favorite voice actors alongside David Hayter. I don't mind hearing him talk at all in any game. I do feel that he doesn't change his voice that often between characters, but at the same time that doesn't really matter.

Looking forward to his work in Spec Ops the Line.


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Comment #16 by DCGX
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:32:40 PM
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@12 I think MetalGearMax is right actually; North basically plays the same guy all the time even outside of videogames. I watched the Ultimate Avengers direct to DVD animated movie a few weeks ago(what with all the recent Avengers interest) where North was playing Ant-Man/Giant-Man, and he was exactly the same guy yet again. Personally that's why I cringe whenever I hear he's voicing a new character because we know what to expect already.

I agree with him, as well as other posters above, on his voicing of the Prince '08, because for everything it did right and so well, when he opened his mouth it took you right out of the game. He shouldn't have gone more British, but at least something other than how the voice turned out.

That being said, I'm sure he gets hired for his trademark American accent. If the developers etc. wanted something different, they would hire someone else.


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Comment #17 by tommy50
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:33:07 PM
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i thought nolan north was the company that made windows lolz


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Comment #18 by DragonessAthena
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:49:38 PM
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Ok folks, there was a sequel made to the 2008 Prince of Persia. It was released on the DS, but it too was to be continued (and wasn't).


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Comment #19 by H0p3sfalL
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:55:51 PM
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Maybe if the script was better , there would have been a better movie.


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Comment #20 by Dlark17
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 02:12:56 PM
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If I was him, I'd have been less worried about his acting and more about the writing and actual gameplay. North's been lucky enough to star in some really grade-A games, and this Prince definitely wasn't one of them.


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Comment #21 by Ace Attorney 86
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 02:13:42 PM
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i thought nolan did a great job in the PoP. the relationship between the prince and whats-her-face was a great story. Some publisher out there needs to make Nolan North: the video game or Voiceover Hero.


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Comment #22 by NaughtyNinja74
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 02:17:47 PM
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I really wish they would make a sequel to this game. It was pretty awesome IMO.


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Comment #23 by Metaphorically
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 02:19:17 PM
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This game is great. One of my favorites.


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Comment #24 by metallicorphan
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 02:30:01 PM
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I have to say it was The Penguin in Batman AC i wasn't a fan off,i hated his 'Cockney' accent


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Comment #25 by DOA_Rose
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 02:31:24 PM
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Great game, bad ending....followed by Epilogue DLC with ANOTHER cliffhanger. Ubisoft needs to do a sequel, and maybe then North can try out a new accent for the Prince. I love North's voice work, and he's pretty great as Spencer's dad on Pretty Little Liars


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Comment #26 by roza
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 02:43:46 PM
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He should redo Penguin. Lordy that was abysmal. Nearly ruined the game for me, my brother, his room mate, my friend, another friend, his friend and a majority of the employees at my local Gamestation.
They could have at least got someone actually English.


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Comment #27 by Damodar Thade
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 03:09:09 PM
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Nolan is a good voice actor but hardly prolific, mark hamil for example truly great voice actor.


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Comment #28 by kitch
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 03:14:42 PM
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I really enjoyed that prince of Persia game!Voice acting was wank!


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Comment #29 by pined5551
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 04:11:18 PM
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Wish there was a sequal lined up. I loved the game, even with the light seeds haha.


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Comment #30 by Man On The Run
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 04:33:20 PM
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I didnt think it was to bad myself but for prolific im looking at you Jim Cummings. Seriously ive been hearing his voice in film, tv and games since i was a kid :D


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Comment #31 by MetalGearMax
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 04:57:46 PM
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@12

Yes, because when someone criticises something...they are indeed jealous.
Your teachers must have been super jealous of you, judging by all the F's you got in exams.


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Comment #32 by Dragon14785
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 05:05:54 PM
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I personally enjoy his voice acting. He has starred as some of my favourite characters ranging from Nathan Drake to Deadpool. The dude even played Neo Cortex in Crash Bandicoot.


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Comment #33 by HalfEVILmonkey
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 05:22:42 PM
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@#4: Way to stereotype. Most of my friends on Xbox Live are British, but I don't make fun of the bad food in the UK and their bad teeth, do I? See what I did there, idiot?

On topic: Nolan is money and he is great in so many different games that the occasional mistake can be forgiven.


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Comment #34 by MoldyClay87
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 05:26:08 PM
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@#11 - That's a pretty bad example, because, as much as I love those actors (and that video, which I saw on Sunday), a lot of them sound pretty much the same as well.

90% of the time, John DiMaggio, Billy West and Rob Paulsen stick out like sore thumbs. Most of Tara Strong's voices too, except maybe Timmy Turner and Harley Quinn. And some of Maurice's voices are the same Orson Welles/The Brain.

Even older voice actors like Frank Welker (who always sounds like Fred from Scooby Doo in every role).

The worst offenders are anime dub voices. With few exceptions, they don't even bother creating a range. As much as I love Steve Blum, it's a bit depressing that his range is basically "Spike/Roger Smith" and "Deeper Spike/Roger Smith" for every voice.


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Comment #35 by Kaskade
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 05:27:24 PM
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I actually thought his voice was perfect as the prince. Much better than his "other" role as the L.A. club hopping douche bag look alike in the UC games.


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Comment #36 by Koborover
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 05:42:40 PM
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Great game but yep Nolan it's known as Prince of California for a reason.


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Comment #37 by Wing X Custom
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 06:34:34 PM
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I thought he did a well enough damn decent job voicing him, (The cocky attitude being my favorite part of the game). What held the game back in my opinion was the fact fights were only 1 on 1, which was a step back from the other games, and that giant middle finger of an ending.


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Comment #38 by zyxomma100
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 06:36:02 PM
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I thought he did a good job in that PoP.


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Comment #39 by Steakslave
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 06:54:40 PM
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@11 Nolan North did all of the personallity cores in Portal 2, except Wheatly. He has range, but only if the game studio wants him to.


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Comment #40 by Hansathan
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 07:02:58 PM
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@31 All the F's I got? Lol, that's one of the most absurd assumptions by an online random I've ever experienced. F you sir. See what I did there?


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Comment #41 by H0p3sfalL
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 07:29:22 PM
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31 just got served :P


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Comment #42 by taffaroo97
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 01:50:16 AM
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I think his Penguin in Batman AC wasnt that bad. Still, it could have atleast done it with an english person


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Comment #43 by Solomon Fuere
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 02:53:52 AM
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@40 No, but we all see you still being pantsfucking retarded.


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Comment #44 by ziggyvixie
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 03:40:19 AM
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Yeah have to agree with him there, but not British like jake gyllenhaal that was a bit dick van dyke for me. The guy is good, not to mention he's both superman and superboy in the new young justice tv show and there is a difference.


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Comment #45 by Brengun
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 04:55:31 AM
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@33 Whilst ironically mentioning their bad teeth and bad food. Why the fuck do Americans always think British people have bad teeth? And bad food that's a first, but then I suppose all food in the rest of the world must seem bad when you come from the US, or 'the home of Haute cuisine' as I like to call it.


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Comment #46 by TurboDonkey007
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 05:46:23 AM
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Wonder why they did not do a sequal.

Was a very good game, better than the newer one.

Must.stop.ahriman


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Comment #47 by brettoblaster
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 07:36:38 AM
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He's right, though. If a game takes place in a foreign land or another world, you really shouldn't be speaking with an american accent, let alone english. This is why Final Fantasy 13 was one of the most obnoxious games I've ever played. God-awful voice acting. Same goes for Lost Odyssey. The english speaking voice actors were completely cheesy and distracting. I'm so glad there were four other languages (and subtitles) to choose from. That english was off in minutes and the game became so much more believable. More games should give us that option.


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Comment #48 by xxthegodofwarx
Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 08:59:26 PM
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i liked this character.oh well


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