The voice of Shaxx has reflected on his work for Destiny, and fondly remembers one strange little Shakespeare reference that was cut from the final game.
Shaxx, the Crucible master, played by Lennie James (Morgan from The Walking Dead), likes to shout praise at you when you’re doing a good job (and gently suggest that you could be doing better when you lose, which will maybe happen less if you check out our Destiny 2 guide, wink wink).
He has numerous different possible lines he can deliver, some of them comical, as tends to be the case throughout Destiny 2. In an interview with Gamespot, James has talked about his favourite line from the game…but it’s not a line that’s actually in the game right now.
James, who is currently doing press for Blade Runner 2049 and isn’t a gamer himself, recalls his favourite line, and it happens to be a Shakespeare reference.
‘But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and I–I am the Crucible.’
This is a reference to a line from Romeo and Juliet, although the original is slightly more poetic:
‘But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.’
(Sidenote: this doesn’t get said often anymore, because the work is so ubiquitous and recognisable, but Romeo and Juliet is really wonderful. If you’ve never read the play, or were never forced to do so in high school, give it a look, even if you’ve seen the Leo DiCaprio/Claire Danes film from the 90s.)
This line isn’t actually in the game right now, but James mentions that he has been recording dialog for new content that is on the way, so it might eventually pop up. Of course, it’s also possible that it won’t.
The full text is worth having a read in the original article – it’s always interesting to hear what voice actors who don’t play games make of the ones they are in.