Can you guess who voice actor James Arnold Taylor is channeling with his portrayal of sadistic Citadel warden, Osi Sobeck, on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars?" (Check out the video clip above.)
"The fun thing about Osi—we’ll see, but I’m sure people have realized who I am actually doing. It’s not an impersonation, but it’s inspired by someone in particular—and as we went through the episode, it grew and changed," Taylor said.
Have you figured out what actor inspired Osi's voice? Christopher Walken.
"We’re not making fun; we’re paying homage to his acting beats and his style, but we’re not trying to fool anybody," Taylor said. "Hopefully people will enjoy that and have fun with that, because that’s what we were doing.”
Osi's is not the only voice Taylor does. He also voices Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Plo Koon, which means in "Counterattack" (7:30 p.m. March 4, Cartoon Network) he faces off against himself. In the episode, Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker, having freed the prisoners from the Citadel prison, now must escape the clutches of Osi Sobeck.
“Most of the time, we work as a cast and we say our lines in sequence. Some actors need to kind of stay in the mode of the character, but [on ‘The Clone Wars’], we’re all very comfortable with just switching back and forth,” Taylor said. “So when we did these sessions, it was a lot of fun. There was a point where I was doing all three [characters] in a scene, jumping from voice to voice. I love doing that stuff. I’m a ham."
Taylor says he's a big fan of "Clone Wars" in general, but his favorite episodes contain a lot of "swashbuckling" action.
“The [recording] sessions are like that, too. OK, we’re moving, you’re shouting, you’re fighting. The action ones, I can sink my teeth into immediately," he said. "I mean, come on, it doesn’t get any more 'Star Wars' than that.”
Who is 'Clone Wars' voice actor channeling?
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