THE NEXT LEVEL
Actor Yuri Lowenthal moves from animation to video games to live-action projects with ease. The “Prince of Persia” voice actor today guest-stars on “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” in the first part of a two-part arc.
“The character I’m playing is Christopher Garland,” Lowenthal said in a phone interview. “He’s a sonar man on a submarine. He’s also a member of the Resistance.”
The Resistance is the human resistance to Skynet in the future world on “Terminator.” Lowenthal’s two-part arc includes the episodes “Today’s The Day Part 1,” airing tonight, with the second part scheduled for next week.
“It’s in many ways a self-contained story within that world, that plays more like a movie than a TV show,” Lowenthal said. “We felt like this particular crew formed a strong bond and had something really good going on.”
Lowenthal said he enjoyed the action-packed pace of “Sarah Connor Chronicles”:
“Stuff like this is why I got into acting in the first place: running around on a submarine in the future, fighting evil robots with a plasma rifle,” he said.
Lowenthal’s also a popular video game voice actor, who has portrayed the title role in “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time,” as well as parts in “Halo 2,” “Medal of Honor 2: Rising Sun” and “Rave Master.”
“It’s all voice acting whether you’re doing an animated series or a video game, or any of those kind of jobs,” Lowenthal said. “They all have their different techniques. For video games, you’re in a booth, by yourself. Only on one or two occasions ever have I gotten to record with other actors at the same time for a video game. I guess it’s just more efficient for them to do one character at a time.”
Lowenthal said the workload on a video game voice project is faster, and can be harder on the voice, as there are multiple yells and grunts to record.
“Usually for a video game, you show up on the day of, and you get right to it,” Lowenthal said. “The director may go over some basic things with you, so you have a little context. But then you’re in there, using your imagination to create the world that they’re trying to create in their game, you have to create that for yourself.”
NEXT WEEK: Find out how Lowenthal became the voice of Superman in “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes.”
By Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman