Friday, September 06, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V features 'real gangsters' in voiceovers

The "Grand Theft Auto" series has always been controversial, but the latest bit of news is only going to make it more so. A guaranteed blockbuster for Rockstar Games, "Grand Theft Auto V" is far more realistic than first thought, as revealed by a WGN interview on Tuesday.

Speaking to the Chicago radio station, "Grand Theft Auto V's" contributing writer, "Lazlow" Jones revealed that the game developer allegedly brought in supposed "real-life gangsters" to perform the voiceovers for characters in the game.

Jones said:
We get these guys in to record the gang characters because we don't want a goofy L.A actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member. There's nothing worse than that, so just go find the terrifying people and say "can you come in here please?"
Jones said that the decision to bring in actual gangsters stemmed from Rockstar's desire for authenticity.

He added that in some cases, the "actors" eschewed the game's script and instead ad-libbed based on what they believed they would say in a given scene.

The idea is reminiscent to Michael Jackson's use of actual gang members in his video for his hit single, "Beat It" (embedded).

"Grand Theft Auto V" is scheduled for a Sept. 17 release.

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