Pin It

Harold Perrineau on Voicing ‘Blade’ Anime: “I tried to have as much physicality when I was on the mic as I could so he didn’t sound static”

The 1998 film Blade, starring action hero Wesley Snipes, really jump started the run of successful blockbusters based on Marvel Comics superhero characters that is still going strong today.  Two sequels, a short-lived television series, and an anime followed, with the the anime airing U.S. television on G4.

Following in the footsteps of Snipes, Blade is voiced in the American version of the anime by Harold Perrineau, best known for his roles in movies like Romeo + Juliet and The Matrix trilogy and television shows like Oz and Lost.  Perrineau talked about voicing the half-vampire to MTV, and pointed out that just because it’s an animated role it doesn’t mean he doesn’t act.

Just because he’s voicing an animated character doesn’t mean Perrineau can’t get into the role.  Perrineau went to unusual lengths to get into character, confessing, “It was really, really physical in the booth.  He’s fighting and moving and jumping and all this stuff, so I tried to have as much physicality when I was on the mic as I could so he didn’t sound static. But when he is static, that’s when I fill it with as much emotion as I could. Hopefully in my voice you hear whatever anguish or angst is happening with the character at the moment.” 

Perrineau has some experience acting without others on Oz.  As the narrator August Hill, Perrineau often narrated the episodes while separated from the other prisoners in a booth.  He points out, “I guess I have a little bit of experience with guys who feel trapped in places, like on a prison show like Oz. It’s a situation where you have no place to vent. I called on a lot of stuff like that.  I don’t mind being in the booth by myself, or being alone creating something. Quite often I found myself doing that, when I didn’t have other actors to play off. That’s exactly what we did on Oz. I’d show up one day and it’d just be me and the crew and we’d have to create all of this stuff, and it would just be me and the camera. In a way, that was a really helpful experience [going into Blade].”

The twelve-episode Blade anime airs on Friday nights on G4.

Leave a Reply

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-david-mamet-in-the-1976-sh.jpg
Watch: David Mamet in the 1976 Short Documentary ‘The Playwright Directs’
Though David Mamet is best known for his distinctive writing style in his scripts for the stage and screen, he has also directed theater and film. The 1976 short documentary titled The Playwright Directs depicts Mamet directing actors through several scenes at an almost frantic pace, dispensing pearls of wisdom throughout, like his thoughts on […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-marvels-agents-of-s-h-i-e.jpg
Watch: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Bloopers
Forgetting lines? Corpsing? Delivering lines in Spanish? Unruly props? All in a day’s work on the set of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, apparently. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, and the rest of the cast find plenty of humor while playing super-serious secret agents in the Marvel Universe. While you’re waiting for season 2 of the series […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/audtion-tapes-robin-wright-and-h.jpg
Audition Tapes: Robin Wright and Haley Joel Osment Audition with Tom Hanks for ‘Forrest Gump’
Check out Robin Wright auditioning for the role of Jenny from Forest Gump opposite Tom Hanks. Interestingly enough, Hanks doesn’t quite have Gump’s southern drawl down just yet while the other actors audition with him. In fact, Hanks would base Gump’s voice on the voice of Michael Conner Humphreys, who played the young Forrest and […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/watch-judi-dench-sing-send-in-th.jpg
Watch Judi Dench Sing “Send In The Clowns” From Back in 1995
Dame Judi Dench has such a commanding presence as a film actress that it’s easy to forget that her big break came on stage in England with the Old Vic Company in 1957. In fact, she made her Broadway debut the very next year when the Old Vic Company performed Twelfth Night and Henry V […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/bryan-cranston-emmy-award-speech.jpg
Watch: Bryan Cranston’s Emmy Award Speech: “I love to act. It is a passion of mine and I will do it until my last breath.”
The Emmy Awards weren’t the most exciting awards show this year but with Bryan Cranston winning for Outstanding Actor in a Drama for Breaking Bad, we at least got to hear one heck of a fantastic acceptance speech. “I was a kid who always looked for the shortcut,” he said. “I did happen to stumble […]