Robin Williams as Gendo

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Postby Tumbling Down » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:40 pm

Five years ago, some guy said some thing.

View Original PostNAveryW wrote:Carl confirmed that Robin Williams did indeed audition to play Gendo in the dub and that his audition recording still exists somewhere.


Now that he's.. erm, passed, and everyone's making petitions about him, I figure now's as good a time as any to petition for the release of this recording.

Come to think of it, why would they reject Robin Williams? His name attached to the dub of Evangelion would've guaranteed, like, a kajillion more sales.

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Postby Guy Nacks » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:45 pm

It also would've been insanely distracting and maybe they thought it would be prohibitively expensive. You wouldn't be able to separate actor from the role, unless he did it under an alias and disguised his voice well enough. It would be interesting to have this uncovered and see what scene he read from.
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Postby The Eva Monkey » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:49 pm

Relevant:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJijaSv9pjs#t=14m55s
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Postby Tumbling Down » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:56 pm

View Original PostGuy Nacks wrote:It also would've been insanely distracting.

I don't know what that means.

View Original PostGuy Nacks wrote:maybe they thought it would be prohibitively expensive

That is a fair point.

View Original PostGuy Nacks wrote:You wouldn't be able to separate actor from the role, unless he did it under an alias and disguised his voice well enough.

You could say that about any role performed by a big actor.

So, one fair point.

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Postby Firetrout » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:00 pm

View Original PostTumbling Down wrote:I don't know what that means.





I think he means people would've went "Hey, it's that guy!" instead of paying attention to the scene.

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Postby Guy Nacks » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:46 pm

View Original PostFiretrout wrote:I think he means people would've went "Hey, it's that guy!" instead of paying attention to the scene.


Exactly.
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:16 pm

^ Not really. You just remove Spike Spencer and everyone else who isn’t in the Hollywood big leagues and you cast the English dub the same way Disney does for Ghibli movies.

I’m picturing Robin Williams more as Fuyutsuki, with Patrick Stewart as Gendo. Ellie Fanning can play Asuka, and Scarlett Johansson can play either Misato or Ritsuko. Even if those are the only Hollywood players in the dub, we’ve already increased its quality 10 fold and made it so people aren’t constantly asking “Hey, is that voice from that one actor guy?"
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Postby Tumbling Down » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:33 pm

View Original PostFiretrout wrote:I think he means people would've went "Hey, it's that guy!" instead of paying attention to the scene.


Robin Williams is an amazing impressionist. Besides, the "hey, it's that guy" would wear off after five minutes.

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Postby NemZ » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:04 am

Probably the bigger problem would be the requirement to pay SAG wages rather than whatever pittance they wanted to offer the voice talent at the time.
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Postby slothen » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:38 am

I'm pretty sure Robin Williams could have played Asuka and it still would have been golden.
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Postby BrikHaus » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:43 pm

I'd bet Robin Williams would have played Gendo for free. It's not as if he needed the paycheck.

Too bad...
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Postby Ornette » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:46 pm

View Original PostBrikHaus wrote:I'd bet Robin Williams would have played Gendo for free. It's not as if he needed the paycheck.

Too bad...

Maybe back during the original dub, but by his second divorce, crippling alimony payments forced him to sell his house and pick up any job he could get, including returning to TV.

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Postby Guy Nacks » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:57 pm

View Original PostOrnette wrote:Maybe back during the original dub, but by his second divorce, crippling alimony payments forced him to sell his house and pick up any job he could get, including returning to TV.


This is why you should always get a prenup, especially if you're a celebrity.
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Postby Gob Hobblin » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:08 pm

Personally, I'd love to hear it. The man was a talent: he could be dramatic, creepy, subtle, frightening, pathetic, heartbreaking, terrifying, electrifying...I would have loved to hear what he could have brought a character as complex as Gendo, especially considering how much he loved Evangelion.
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Postby El Squibbonator » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:20 pm

Perhaps it would have made Eva more of a mainstream success in the US when it first aired. Think about it--Robin Williams was huge in the 90s (Aladdin, Jumanji, even FernGully)--and having him voice a character in an anime would have given it a much-needed boost in the overseas market.
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Postby ApolloIVtv » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:27 am

I always thought, if Robin Williams was to at least get a cameo in an Evangelion movie (live action or anime) he should've play Keel. He would be about his age by then, and he sort of looks like him, but he could've just done the voice itself too. I'm sure Williams was capable of making and acting out a voice for someone who's already had a variety of colorful voices such as Chairman Keel.

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Postby Ray » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:32 am

He would've made a great Fuyutsuki.
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Postby kuzronk » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:54 pm

I do want to hear this. If he was chosen for the dub the series would be more controversial though.

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Postby Tumbling Down » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:46 am

View Original Postkuzronk wrote:If he was chosen for the dub the series would be more controversial though.


How, exactly?

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Postby Sachi » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:22 pm

The show was controversial to begin with. Attaching a huge name like Robin Williams to the project is going to attract huge attention, and that will cause the controversy surrounding the show to increase.
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