The man behind Nathan Drake: I "get paid to do what used to get me detention"

How do you go from daytime soap operas to blockbuster video games? Nolan North, who's lent his voice to numerous notable characters like Uncharted's Nathan Drake, tells Gamepro his story of how he became such a prominent name in the world of voice acting.

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El_Colombiano3255d ago

The man is very talented, one of the best voice actors ever.

Mista T3255d ago

not to mention he sorta looks like Drake in a way

goflyakite3255d ago (Edited 3255d ago )

Yep, I just played the Dark Void demo, and he sounds awesome as usual.

Wow, I just looked at his list of voices.

SilentNegotiator3255d ago (Edited 3255d ago )

Interesting story.

"He even takes the defects of the job in stride. After he was vaguely credited as "other voice" in Halo: ODST (instead of his real name) for his role as Romeo, he shrugged it off. "Probably just a mistake," he says, without daring to call it thankless."
Even the voice actors were embarrassed by that game.

matnum3255d ago

Am i the only person that gets thrown back when i hear him in a game, his voice is becoming to common in games, and for me it throws me off, im not keen, its like if you left your house and every fifth person was George Clooney i find it distracting.
Im not saying hes not good, but there must be people in need of a job a lot more than him.

peeps3255d ago

I know what u mean. He's a great voice actor but being in so many games means i think characters lose their presonalities because rather than being involved in a story with character x, ur in a story with nolan north lol

likedamaster3255d ago

Nolan's a very talented voice-actor, one of my personal favorites.

El_Colombiano3254d ago

Haha he is going to be known as Noland North from now on in games. If a character uses his voice, that character is now named Noland North! Or Drake.

Beast_Master3254d ago (Edited 3254d ago )

I was impressed with his work in R&C: Crack in Time. He played that robot that helps clank in the great clock (you can see it in the demo as well), I had no idea it was Nolan North till I read his name in the credits. SO to all you [email protected]$$es that think he can only do one voice can eat poo. The only reason you can tell his voice is bc the game director wants you to know that it is Nolan. They do this for 2 reasons: 1. He is really talented and is better than any generic voice that we are used to hearing in games. 2. It tells the player that they have spent extra money to secure great voice talent for their game. 'We got the "deNero of video game voices" to be in our game.'

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DigitalAnalog3255d ago

To think he would be the voice-actor of the legendary Uncharted! He deserves the BEST voice-actor in a video game. Period.

-End statement

MajestieBeast3255d ago

Wow he did sigmund in crack in time never wouldve guessed that.

ReservoirDog3163255d ago

Wow. Me neither. I'm only a few hours into ACiT and Sigmund's already one of my favorite characters in the game.

Jeez. He's pretty good.

LordMarius3255d ago

The man behind the reason why I dont choose Drake as my character in multiplayer

Annoying voice...

peeps3255d ago

i guess the ammount of work he gets says otherwise lol

FantasyStar3255d ago (Edited 3255d ago )

Not trying to be a douche, but I don't like Nolan North being everywhere too much. When most characters start to sound the same, it really ruins the mood of the story. It's like everyone sounding like Solid Snake suddenly. It's just not cool. Let other voice actors into the spotlight.

The only time I accept a voice actor is when the character was designed with that voice actor in mind. That said, I really f*cking hate Nolan North voicing Elliot Salem in Army of Two's sequel. He's not fit for the role and totally ruined what made that game enjoyable. Nolan North doesn't talk Wu Tang and he never will think that Tyson Rios is a f*cking psychic.

Blaster_Master3255d ago

Everywhere too much? Dude, this guy has been doing acting since the 80's. He's been in your life most of your life and didn't even know who he was until just now. Nolan North is the freakin man. Jesus christ, I didn't know he did all of those games, Red Faction, God of War (Hades, Greek Soldier, Fisherman), MMO's, old school games. Hes probably a bigger gamer then us, and not to mention much much richer then us. So quit being jealous, I understand its hard to look at the radiant strapping lad and just accept that your never gonna be him.

likedamaster3255d ago

Actually, I NEVER liked Solid Snake's voice. I cringe everytime I hear him. Nolan, on the other hand, is quite pleasing to hear.

FantasyStar3254d ago (Edited 3254d ago )

I respect your perspective, but I couldn't care less if he was famous or that I was jealous. I just don't want Nolan North voicing roles his personality isn't fit for. Nowadays, when it comes to a great gaming experience this-gen: voice actors are equally as important as gameplay, graphics, and the story. Star Ocean: TLH is a perfect example of that. There are some people that couldn't finish it unless they turned off the voices.

He was great as Nathan Drake, but crappy as Elliot Salem.

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