‘The Last of Us’ Voice Actor Troy Baker On The Joy Of Joining The TV Series: “I Thought I Was Going To Be A Clicker, This Is An Upgrade”
06.03.2023 - 06:37
SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about Episode 8 of HBO’s The Last Of Us.
In the penultimate episode of HBO’s record-smashing horror-drama The Last of Us, Ellie’s (Bella Ramsey) last hope for survival is put to a harrowing test. Still reeling from Joel’s (Pedro Pascal) grave injury that has left him incapacitated for weeks, Ellie struggles to find essentials and protect their hideout. While scavenging for food, she encounters a group of survivors led by a devout man named David (Scott Shepherd), who offers a welcoming community, supplies and protection. Ellie must then decide if David’s offer is genuine or too good to be true.
In keeping with the show’s ability to expand upon the video game’s source material, we meet an all-new character named James, a member of David’s clan, played by prolific voice actor Troy Baker, who originated the role of Joel Miller himself.
Here, Baker breaks down the nuance of his character’s psyche, working with Bella Ramsey and the cultural relevance of The Last of Us.
DEADLINE: This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Last of Us video game, along with the third anniversary of the game sequel. Considering that you’ve originated the role of Joel, inarguably one of the most iconic characters in video game history, how has it been stepping back into this world for you?
TROY BAKER: I feel like I’ve never left. And I kind of knew that was going to be the case the second that I “met” him. Anthony Hopkins tells this beautiful story when he first read the script for Silence of the Lambs. He got to about page 10 and put it down because he was afraid that he wouldn’t get the role, and I’ve felt that before. As an actor, whenever you get an opportunity for an audition or a meeting, you want
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