Swearing like there’s no tomorrow, Ice-T’s explained how he got his role as Griffin in Gears of War 3.
In a Game Informer interview, the rapper and actor explained how he got the part, a process which involved Jace Hall and Cliff Bleszisnki.
“Jace Hall has a web series called the Jace Hall Show. He’s a brother, kind of a big guy. A long time ago, he did a video game and I did the voiceovers, it was called Sanity,” he said.
“That was back in the day. So, he came back to me and had this show. He said, ‘Ice, I want to interview you, people don’t know you’re a real video gamer.’ He did this show at my apartment where he interviewed me and Coco. During the show, he told me that he was in Gears of War, and I was like, ‘Bullshit, how you get in Gears of War?’ He said, ‘I know the owner; I know Cliffy.’ I said, ‘Call Cliffy, tell him I should be in the game.'”
He continued: “So, on the show we did this thing where I told Cliffy, ‘Why the fuck is Jace in the game, no one knows who the fuck he is, use me instead.’
“So, Cliff says, ‘You never know, maybe in Gears 3.’ Now, this was just a skit – this was bullshit, we were just fuckin’ with it. But sure enough, the game came around and I got a call saying ‘would you be interested in doing voice work?’ So, a joke turned into reality.”
And the rest is history.
Ice-T also explained there’s little difference between being a voice-actor and an actual actor.
“I’m used to being in a studio and taking direction,” he said.
“These guys are masters at what they do, so first you see the script and say ‘read it like this.’ Then, the guy will say, ‘No, more angry.’ Right? And I’ll say it again, then they’ll say, ‘No, you’re fuckin’ mad right now!'”
“They direct you, and then they’ll say, ‘That’s the tone, now fuckin’ freestyle it’ and you go in. My character probably swears more than anyone in the history of video games; Griffin is a bad motherfucker. Cliffy B and all the guys from Epic were first-class.”
Amazing. Gears of War 3 releases this fall for 360.