Critical roleThe panel at New York Comic Con was full of questions about the popular web series – including its guest stars, recurring villains and Matt Mercers uncanny ability to bring NPCs with you back from the dead. Or from the shadows, whatever fits the story at any time.
But aside from talking about Bell’s Hells and various other adventure parties, fans also wanted to know about the cast’s other voice acting ventures. Almost every had a funny war story to tell about Hollywood casting.
While Mercer announces his role as Vincent Valentine Final Fantasy IIV This hadn’t happened at the time of the panel discussion, but the group openly acknowledged how often they competed against each other – and sometimes even themselves – for roles. Marisha Ray, actress and creative director at Critical rolesaid: “It’s funny because occasionally when we get acting or casting breakdowns from our agents, they’ll say, ‘We’re really looking for a Laura Bailey soundalike.'” As the audience cheered, mimed Ray, holding a phone, said, “And I’m like, ‘Would you like me to text her?'” Bailey, who was on the panel, also chimed in: “I got an audition once, asking for a Laura Bailey soundalike.” (Sam Reigel jokingly asked, “Did you get the job?” Bailey laughed, “No!”)
Taliesin Jaffe said when he was younger he realized he started booking more jobs when Liam O’Brien was unavailable. O’Brien replied, “I once auditioned for a project that I won’t name and they sent me a singing reference…that was me.” He actually had to audition, and after a few weeks he booked the role. Mercer jumped in and added, “I had another audition for a project where I was the voice actor and I didn’t book it.”
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