Carmine Falcone
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Carmine Falcone

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Carmine Falcone with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Batman

Carmine Falcone is one of the various antagonists of the Batman franchise (and one of the few known normal/non-super villain ones) whom has been in the Batman comics since Batman #404 back in 1987. Carmine Falcon is a known Mafia Don in Gotham City whom is also known as "The Roman" in which he likes to affectionately refer his territory as "The Roman Empire". While Carmine is one of Batman's various foes he is also a foe of certain other members of Batman's Rogues Gallery namely Catwoman and Two Face (in which there are stories in which he played a part in why those two became who they are). Carmine Falcone is generally known for being in Batman stories where Batman was starting his career as a superhero and having a generally okay relationship with the Maroni family as he and Sal Maroni are former rivals.
Created by Pokejedservo on Oct 21 2011
Special thanks to solidejake for additional sound clips.
Batman Begins (2005)
Carmine FalconeTom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
Batman: Year One (2011)
Carmine FalconeAlex Rocco
Alex Rocco
Batman: The Telltale Series (2016)
Carmine FalconeRichard McGonagle
Richard McGonagle

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Batman VC section we have a little look at this homage to the Godfather's Michael Corleone... CARMINE FALCONE! We shall actually begin with the video game based off of the Batman Begins movie in which Tom Wilkinson did reprise his role from the movie. While I admit I do think that Tom's performance was a bit more memorable in the movie than it was in the game but its still good though as it does suit the role fairly well and is a pretty good example of the voice-work in the game.

About 6 years later there was a direct adaptation of the Frank Miller comic Batman Year One with an animated movie of the same name in which Alex Rocco gets to take over the role here. In case if you didn't already know Alex Rocco has been playing men in the Mafia for decades now so in other words Alex is fairly familiar with roles like this and it shows pretty well here. Alex does try to go for a nice mix of gruffness and smoothness in his voice for the role which works out pretty well here. Alex's performance for the role also does suit on how Carmine is known as a charismatic smooth-talker but will generally be violent when things don't go his way and is a good example of the voice-work in Batman Year One. Overall I liked them both but I will go with Alex Rocco a bit more here...


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EPA Deane
said at 2:18 PM on Tue Feb 28 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
" People from your world have so *much* to lose. Now, you think because your mommy and your daddy got shot, you know about the ugly side of life, but you don't. You've never tasted desperate. You're, uh, you're Bruce Wayne, the Prince of Gotham; you'd have to go a thousand miles to meet someone who didn't know your name. So, don't-don't come down here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you'll never understand. And you always fear what you don't understand. Alright. Yeah, you got spirit, kid. I'll give you that. More than your old man, anyway. In the joint, Chill told me, uh, told me about the night he killed your parents. He said your father begged for mercy. Begged. Like a dog."

Nothing Much to Say; Here Are My Top 5 Favourite Carmine Falcone Voices:

5. Jason J. Lewis
4. Tom Wilkinson
3. Jon Polito
2. Richard McGonagle
1. Alex Rocco

Future VA Suggestions:

I can't help but feel that Billy Bob Thornton would be great as Falcone, using a similar voice to his Jiko.That would reallly fit his Faux Afflble exterior quite nicely.

Jamieson Price would also be solid, using a Sicilian-American accented version of his Oikawa and Giovanni voices.

I also recommend John Doman, Christopher Walken, Richard Newman and Phil Parsons.
GreenGoblin75
said at 11:10 AM on Fri Mar 10 2017
@EPA Deane
I find it interesting that you quoted Wilkinson but ranked him fairly low on your ranking. Any reason why?
EPA Deane
said at 1:07 PM on Fri Mar 10 2017
@GreenGoblin75 Because His Live Action Performance feels more Consistent than his Reprisal in the Game.

The Voice Direction Hurt his Line Delivery, removing the more intimidating edge in his voice and making the American accent sound forced.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 12:21 PM on Tue Feb 21 2017
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Agreeing with Starscreamsfan on Richard, especially on him suiting Rupert Thorne better to the point where he sounds like a younger John Vernon. I'll add my thoughts on Polito later once I get to that clip.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 4:26 PM on Tue Feb 21 2017
@SupremeTarantulas And Jon Polito suits Hammerhead better it seems.
WrightWay
said at 8:34 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
Richard McGonagle's performance suited Carmine Falcone very well, IMO: he has this smug Mafia boss timbre to his voice and this natural acting as well as delivery that make Falcone come across as a sinister figure not to be trifled with unless you'd like to "sleep with the fishes," permanently. I think he sounded age appropriate as well, really, I have nothing else to say other than he was one of the standouts from the Telltale Series to me- it can be a little gravelly when Falcone gets mad, though, but that's about the only fault I can find in an otherwise remarkable performance from Richard here.

Alex Rocco's performance is pretty good, though, I think I sold it short earlier: he can sound intimidating, smug, sinister, cold-hearted, the works, his voice acting & delivery are very on point for Falcone: the only issue I have is he sounds a bit too old for the age of the character, but still, at least his acting & delivery make up for it to make a solid performance in the end of it.

Tom Wilkinson's acting is fairly solid, and he sounds appropriately flustered as well as leader/boss-like, but other than that I feel his voice is a bit too high pitched in comparison to the others, as well as a bit generic by comparison.

I have not heard Jason J. Lewis or the late Jon Polito's takes on this role, but if someone has a link to hear them, or some small clips of their respective performances, I would be interested in hearing them- for now, though, this would be my current opinion.
Kioea
said at 2:53 AM on Sat Feb 18 2017
@WrightWay

Jason J. Lewis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf4Dp9L0dGo

Jon Polito: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d55iMjkB5KA
WrightWay
said at 12:06 PM on Sat Feb 18 2017
@Kioea
They're both pretty amazing in different ways, actually, I think I can see what Starscreamsfan's points are now on the subject in those two's cases with their performances. By the way, thank you so much for the clips, I really appreciate it.
Shaun Ince
said at 4:37 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
I'm pretty certain they used Richard's likeness for Falcone. Anyway Richard McGonangle is the best here.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 3:33 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
Richard even looks like his version. I'm going with him till John and Jason are added, at which point I'll address all 3 who are definitely much better than the original actors here, Tom and Akex, the latter losimg his performance towards the end of his clip.
Kioea
said at 4:35 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
@SupremeTarantulas It's funny you should say that, because Jon Polito also looks like his version. In fact, according to the Behind the Scenes video, his first request was to see an image of the character. And he took one look at Falcone, and went, "Oh! He's me! In that cast, I got this."
Kioea
said at 4:35 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
@SupremeTarantulas *case
GreenGoblin75
said at 2:26 PM on Fri Feb 17 2017
 1 Shout Out!
Richard McGonagle brought the most gravitas and sounded the most natural and believable, I'm definitely going to vote for him. He's not here but Jon Polito is my second favorite.
Anicomicgeek
said at 10:48 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
I'm going to change my vote to Richard McGonagle, as I felt he was better.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:34 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
Wow, Richard is really good, there aren't really negatives to his take.
Starscreamsfan
said at 8:03 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
 1 Shout Out!
VC thoughts update

I really liked Jason J. Lewis the most as Carmine Falcone. His performance kinda reminds me of the type of crime boss that would appear in the 1950s Superman TV show (just like Brian Bloom's Black Mask). So yeah, I'm a sucker for old timey-esque performances and this is no exception.

Next would have to be the late Jon Polito. I've seen a clip of him playing the role, and he totally owns it. He doesn't have the cool headed attitude that Jason had, but he makes up for that with a good amount of menace.

I love Alex Rocco's take on the character as well. Only problem is that his voice can sound a little bit hoarse at times.

Richard McGonagle does good in calmer moments, but when he has more intense moments, he tends to have the same problem as Rocco, sounding quite hoarse and unnatural at times. Plus, I kinda think he would fit Rupert Thorne much better, but he does work as Falcone.

Tom Wilkinson does pretty good in the role, but unlike the others, he just isn't that memorable.
Kioea
said at 2:37 AM on Fri Feb 17 2017
 6 Shout Outs!
All right! I've been waiting for this.

1. Richard McGonagle - I'd call this the most complete portrayal we've had yet. He's able to showcase both the affable businessman and the ruthless mobster, and can easily shift the tone whenever the situation demands it. Plus, you can't top a line like, "I make 'em all move!"

2. Jon Polito (Arkham Underworld) - He gives Falcone a more stereotypical mob boss portrayal, but also brings a great deal of presence and menace to the role. I'd call him a very close second to Richard.

3. Alex Rocco - He plays the elderly mafia don rendition vey well, but sadly doesn't sound as interesting as the other two.

4. Jason J. Lewis (JL Action) - He manages to sound suitably intimidating, but ultimately sounds more like someone who would work for Falcone, rather than the boss himself.

5. Tom Wilkinson - Same thoughts as Jason J. Lewis, but ultimately comes off as more generic than the others.
WrightWay
said at 6:15 PM on Sat Jan 28 2017
Alex Rocco definitely sounds more like a Mafia boss would, but a bit too old unfortunately, while Tom Wilkinson sounds like any generic mobster, not much to say here.
chaosincarnate
said at 7:10 PM on Mon Sep 26 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Richard McGonagle will get my vote when he's added to the compare. Tom Wilkinson could have voiced any Gotham mobster and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, whereas the late Alex Roco is miscast, I'm sorry to say. He sounds a little too old for The Roman.

Richard instantly clicked with me when I heard his performance, because it's the right age for Carmine, and the pitch is perfect. I also like his choice of accent, because it wasn't too over the top for the character.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:24 PM on Fri Sep 2 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
While both haven't been added, both Richard McGonagle and the late Jon Polito (from what I've heard from the latter, which admittingly was limited to the promo video for Arkham Underworld featuring him) were also good.
Anicomicgeek
said at 2:54 PM on Mon Dec 5 2016
@Anicomicgeek

Judging from the preview clip for Justice League Action, Jason J. Lewis also sounds good as Carmine.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:02 PM on Thu Jul 28 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
From what I heard in the trailer for Telltale Batman, Richard McGongle makes a good first impression for Falcone
Lpfan120
said at 8:21 AM on Sun Aug 28 2016
@HyperVoiceActing
He is really good. My only problem is that, the entire time I was thinking, "Why couldn't he have been cast as Rupert Thorne?"
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:25 PM on Tue Aug 30 2016
@Lpfan120 - ... now that you mention it, his voice would fit Thorne perfectly
Autovolt
said at 1:20 PM on Fri Mar 11 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
The late Alex Rocco was a perfect match for Carmine Falcone. He fits this old school mafia crime boss perfectly. His performance is just fitting and screams this character. The only complaint is at the end of the clip, his delivery of BATMAN! was really forced and awkward. Otherwise his performance was a top notch effort. One of the few major standouts in Batman Year One.

Tom Wilkinson is a pretty solid fit for Falcone too. He definitely is one of the few actors reprising from Batman Begins to translate well into voice acting rather well to my surprise.

Still Alex Rocco gives the more distinctive and memorable voice and performance so I'll be going with him. RIP Alex Rocco.

BONUS: I could see Joe Mantegna being a great fit for Falcone.
GreenGoblin75
said at 12:07 PM on Tue Mar 8 2016
What SmartyBoyboy said.
SmartyBoyboy
said at 7:00 PM on Sun Jul 19 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Alex Rocco (RIP)
2. Tom Wilkinson
Starscreamsfan
said at 6:30 AM on Thu Mar 5 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
1) Alex Rocco
2) Tom Wilkinson
Ross123
said at 10:27 AM on Tue Dec 9 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
Both do a great job but I'm going with Alex Rocco since he sounds more like a big crime boss than Tom.

Tom was still good but not as evil & menacing.
Tyler Reznik
said at 2:54 PM on Thu Jan 30 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
Joe Mantegna as Falcone, anyone?
Lpfan120
said at 8:42 AM on Sun Feb 2 2014
I was thinking Frank Vincent
Fulgore2005
said at 2:27 PM on Sat Oct 19 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Definitely Alex Rocco. Whenever I think of Carmine Falcone, Rocco's performance springs to mind.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:07 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Alex Rocco is much more true to the original character than Tom.
Torak
said at 4:46 PM on Sat May 25 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
I like Tom in this role, he may be a Live actor but he's actually not a bad VA too! He made Falcone sound like a real jerk, a totally unlikable gangster.

I also liked Alex too, though his voice was a little forced at some points, so Tom gets my vote here.
coolgeek176
said at 9:53 PM on Sun Nov 11 2012
I'm gonna go with Alex Rocco.
EmpireGrotesk
said at 1:13 PM on Sat Apr 21 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
I really liked Alex Rocco's Carmine until the final line. Still gonna give it to Rocco, mind you.
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:36 PM on Sun Oct 23 2011
 2 Shout Outs!
Alex Rocco really nailed the voice I imagined Carmine Falcone having when I read the comics, so I'm giving this one to him. That said, Tom Wilkinson was pretty good, too.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:00 PM on Sat Oct 22 2011
 1 Shout Out!
At the end of Rocco's clip he sounds a little forced so I gotta give it to Tom
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