Darren Dunstan Newsweek Interview On Yu-Gi-Oh!Reported by Foxwolf on Thursday, September 27th 2018
Darren Dunstan has been a part of Yu-Gi-Oh! since the near beginning of it's debut in the US. Not only has he voiced Maximillion Pegasus, but he has also been the voice director for numerous shows and movies, including last year's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.
Newsweek caught up with Dunstan at YCS 200 in Ohio to chat about all things Yu-Gi-Oh! Topics included how he created the voice of Pegasus, being part of this huge franchise, how the show and characters have affected fans, the differences in voice acting vs directing and his favorite season.
Newsweek: When you got the Pegasus part, was it your first voice acting job?
Dunstan: Yes, that was my first voice acting gig. I had never done anything like that before and they took a chance on me. On the other side now, theater actors transition really well to voice acting - just the energy you need to use and the choices you have to make. I enjoy casting theater actors now, being on the other side. So that was their approach in auditioning and casting me.
Newsweek: What was your inspiration for Pegasus' voice?
Dunstan: Just feeding off the visuals. He looked so ... is "debonair" the word? High-class. Patronizing. With what the writers wrote he was obviously condescending, elitist ... and the fact that he owns his own company. The fact that he’s drinking wine slash juice [laughs] ... it all sort of just guides you in the direction that character should go. Then the vocal texture just sort of happened and I lucked out. I still remember my audition. There was one moment in particular where he had to laugh and that was the moment where I sensed "Oh! Maybe I got this part."
Newsweek: I was told that a fan came up to you during a signing and said the show and characters have changed their life. Is that the craziest thing you’ve heard today?
Dunstan: That gave me a little tickle, when that person said that. Other times, in longer chats, people told me they felt unpopular or didn’t fit in, and this show helped them to become socially apt. Coming to these events, it brought people together and it’s a place to belong.
Newsweek: You do a lot of directing now, is there a difference from acting? What’s your approach?
Dunstan: They are quite different. They both require creative juices flowing, but acting is about trusting your instincts, not censoring yourself and not looking back. Directing is the opposite in a lot of ways. It’s measured.
Number one, as a director, I get the script way before the actors do, so I have moments to graph out how the episode should be, understand the plot points and convey that to the actors. It’s a much more structured approach, which is a bit more of my personality. I like to be more calm and in control. From there, you hope the actors bring other creative variables to the table. It’s collaborative, but I’m still steering the ship.
Be sure to check out the entire interview at the Newsweek source link below.