James Earl Jones, the vocal interpreter of the great villain of the Star Wars saga for 45 years, is preparing to retire. But the actor has given his consent so that Lucasfilm can continue to use his voice in future productions.
American comedian James Earl Jones, who is now 91 years old and has voiced ten times the biggest movie villain, is about to take a well-deserved retirement. But rest assured Star Wars fans, as Darth Vader’s mythical interpreter continues to give him a deep and cavernous voice.
Really like the last interview Vanity FairJames Earl Jones has officially agreed that his voice archives can be reused in future films and series of the franchise.
“He hinted that he was trying to slow down that character. So we were wondering how to move forward.”Matthew Wood saidA sound engineer at Skywalker Sound, who stated that the actor agreed to let them reuse his voice artificially.
A technique that has already been tested recently on Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, thanks to the know-how of a Ukrainian company. speech and artist Bogdan Belyaev, using artificial intelligence software that can digitally reproduce the original sound.
This is how the voices of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and James Earl Jones were rejuvenated in the most recent Star Wars series to make the characters appear at a much younger age than their interpreters.
“For a character like Darth Vader, who is supposed to have 50 lines in the series, I had to move over 10,000 files back and forth.”says Matthew Wood, who worked closely with Respeecher to rejuvenate the character.
A job that young Ukrainian Bogdan Belyaev was able to do last February despite the Ukrainian context and the war.
“If things had gone wrong, we would never have been able to deliver these dialogues to Skywalker Sound.”– says the latter.
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