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When Chris Rock Pissed Off Some Real Voice Actors

So you may have seen Chris Rock present the Best Animated Feature at last week’s Academy Awards (I did not, sleep was more important to me at that stage of the day), and you may have noticed that he apparently loves doing voice work in animation. If you didn’t see it, the clip is here, but before you click, please take a moment to admire the idiocy of the Academy for putting it online but disabling embedding.

What I’m sure Chris meant by all of this was to slag off the live-action folks who go into animation thinking that it’s an easy gig. We’ve all seen it before, where in the “making of” you hear said actor gush about how they can show up to work in jeans or shorts or hotpants or whatever. The only problem is that Rock comes off as a bit self-congratulatory when he mentions he earns a million dollars.

What you may not have seen or heard was the aftermath of his speech, which took place over on twitter in the days following the awards, when respected tv and game voice-actors Tara Strong and Maurice LaMarche had this to say.

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Soldierone1607d ago (Edited 1607d ago )

A Zebra is all he can play lol....I'm not a fan of his voice, and wasn't really a fan of a lot of what he did. To say it was easy and doesn't take talent is extremely disrespectful. Go put him on a production of a video game where he has to say 500 lines along with groans and other noises. Bet he changes his mind, just make sure that game isn't something i want to buy....

Also lets here him actually change his voice....

Blaine1607d ago

He was kidding. He's a comedian. It's what comedians do: they joke. People who get offended by comedians need to:

1. Get a sense of humor.
2. Get off their high-horse.

Soldierone1607d ago

The article made it seem like the person was having a conversation with him and he was defending himself. If that was a part of the comedy then yeah I agree, otherwise i stand by the original comment.

Fkabbz1607d ago

What a pointless article! Can't believe I actually read it.

HD_GAMER19891607d ago

wow i feel bad for people that didn't find that remotely funny. Unfortunately for you, your sense of humor is limited. The best sense of humor is a flexible and unbiased one.

Dont take a joke personally, but whatever im glad it didnt offend me. I like laughing more then being offended.

Dont be mad because you took the seriousness instead of the humor lol look at all the actors, actresses/ voice actors laughing in the crowd they know whats up.

only people taking offence are probably full time voice actors that dont realize the complexity of having to say the exact same lines while looking believable.

do the math serious people if your a professional actor/actress chances are voice acting will be easier and less stressful. not to mention kids arent as harsh when it comes to criticizing so the pressure lower.

Hicken1607d ago

I love Tara Strong. At least she took the humorous route.

No, voice acting is not easy. Not as a primary job, especially if you've got more than one voice (which Chris Rock does not have). Not when you've got hundreds or thousands of lines of dialogue, possibly on multiple projects at once.

But the whole thing was meant to be funny, not taken seriously in the slightest.