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Stephen Merchant Not Eager to Reprise Portal 2 Experience

Stephen Merchant says his voice work for Portal 2 is one of the most tiring things he's ever done, in talking to FMV Magazine about his role as Wheatley in Valve' platformer sequel. "It seemed like a fun thing to do, but in actual fact it was one of the most tiring things Iíve ever done,Ē the comedian, who has obviously never worked in construction, told the magazine. "I was standing in a recording booth shouting down imaginary corridors and falling out of make-believe ceilings. For hours at a time. And I really wanted to do a good job so I was shouting and screaming and leaping about. The thought of doing it again seems so daunting Iím not sure I can face it." Thanks CVG.

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35. Re: Stephen Merchant Not Eager to Reprise Portal 2 Experience Aug 31, 2011, 09:25 Luther
 
Yup, that's what grates. Whilst I really enjoyed his performance in Portal 2 (although space sphere gets my vote), if you were one of the real developers you'd have spent years in front of your computer doing complicated and/or skilled for a tiny fraction of the pro rata pay and with none of the usual adulation, interviews and praise that a famous voice actor gets. We get about as much respect as actors did before they unionised.
I'm not going to be too hard on him - he's an actor, I kind of expect most of them to be pampered luvies. I just think he could choose his words better if he doesn't want to sound like a wilting thesp.
 
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