We’ve all come to love Nathan Drake and his gang of treasure hunters, but behind the animation the voice actors of our beloved trio are just as hilarious and untucked as their heroic counterparts.
Nolan North: Nathan Drake
North has been described as ‘the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man’. Snapping up the lead roles in games like Assassin’s Creed and The Last Of US has seen him shoot to fame in the video game animation world. However he is perhaps most loved for his work on the Uncharted series. It wasn’t always about video game though, North began acting in the early 90s and from 1997 to 2003 was cast as Dr Chris Ramsey in General Hospital spin-off Port Charles. It was during this time he began to work on animation and video games, and took up the voice acting gig full time after Port Charles was cancelled.
His first video game credit was in a vehicular combat game entitled Interstate ’82, a PC game in which he provided the voice for a character called Hinkley. However his Uncharted gig shot him to fame in 2007. Watching interviews, you quickly realise how much of Nolan North has gone into Nathan Drake. He’s transferred his own quick and easy wit as well as the charm that naturally comes alongside his brand of humour.
He’s stated that it wasn’t until Uncharted 2: Among Thieves that he really bought into the everyday-man hero figure he was playing. However you can see North in nearly every instance of Drake. He’s remarked himself how, because of motion capture, the character holds himself and moves in the same way as him. But where North really shines through is in his one-liners. Many of Nate’s most famous funnies come from North himself, particularly in a process called ‘chasing picture’. In an interview with Eurogamer (below), North describes how this process has him recording lines over a play through of the game itself. The end result is North’s own interpretation of the game world being placed into the game, resulting in a much more fluid, human characterisation experience.
North has been nominated twice at the Spike Video Game Awards for “Best Performance by a Human Male”, and explains that he was simply in the ‘right place at the right time’ (Eurogamer) for developers and actors to view games as cinematic.
Emily Rose: Elena Fisher
Playing Dr Tracy Martin in the final season of ER and guest starring in an episode of Two and a Half Men, when actor Emily Rose isn’t portraying the dedicated journalist / fortune hunter, she currently occupies the position of Audrey Parker in Haven. With features pretty identical to her game character, Rose is a fan favourite for the role of Elena Fisher if the series ever goes to the big screen. Her video game work is exclusive to Uncharted so far, however with the final game over and done with we might be seeing her crop up in different future releases. She has spoken several times about her love for video game motion capture, especially the ability to use her imagination to fill in the game world around her when filming.
Richard McGonagle: Sully / Victor Sullivan
Richard McGonagle has been around the set more times than Sully’s lit a cigar. A voice over veteran, McGonagle’s cartoon credits include Recess, Rugrats, and Scooby-Doo while his filmography sees titles such as 500 Days of Summer, Rules of Engagement, and a host of Tom and Jerry work. His television record is beyond huge. But that’s nothing compared to the host of video game characters he has under his belt, working on Dragon Age: Origins, Jak and Daxter, Just Cause, and Metal Gear Solid to name a few.