Roger Craig Smith Talks Sonic in Gamer InterviewReported on Friday, November 16th 2018
The Gamer had the opportunity to have a lengthy interview ith Roger Craig Smith, best known for voicing Captain America, Batman, Chris Redfield, Ezio Auditore da Firenze and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Smith discussed various aspects of his career, from the early days all the way to the present and how he is so grateful for being able to voice so many iconic characters, and the fan pressure that comes with it. He also shared his preference of voicing heroes versus villains.
The main topic of discussion was how he keeps the character of Sonic the Hedgehog fresh, having voiced him for so many years across numerous mediums - including Sonic's cameo appearance in Wreck-It-Ralph 2.
The Gamer: Whatever role Roger takes on, he works closely with his team to bring the character to life. But how is he able to keep a big-personality character, such as Sonic, fresh and exciting after so many years?
Smith: "You know, that’s not up to me. I would like to think hopefully that every time I go in, I’m trying to do something vocally that feels like its sticking with what we know this character to be. Sometimes you’re working with different creative groups. Obviously with Wreck-It Ralph, I’m working with a different creative team, than say when I work on some of the video games, or when we were doing Sonic Boom. That’s where writing and content play such an important part. I’ve been fortunate enough to voice this character since 2010. It’s not as if I’m responsible for coming up with what he says. There might be the occasional ad lib, but really and truly it’s the passionate group of people that are behind the creation of these characters that create the content. They’re the ones that are taking a sort of temperature of where we’re at as a society and trying to see can we push this in a new direction; can we introduce this to a newer, younger audience; can we reintroduce this to the audience that’s known this iconic character for the last 25-plus years? There’s all that to consider."
The Gamer: How he handles the pressure of voicing high-profile characters?
Smith: "You just have to think about it from the standpoint of: you’re here to do a job. I rely heavily on working with whoever is the director behind the glass at that time. Or, in the case of Wreck-It Ralph, with a lot of Disney reps and the director in the booth with you. My job is to see, hear, and deliver whatever it is they are asking for, and maybe within that – as a collaborative process – push it into realms that maybe they weren’t considering to see if they like where that’s going; to see if we can’t collectively discover something new. But for the most part, I just think, ‘Do the job. Line-by-line.’"
You can catch Smith as Sonic next week when Ralph Breaks the Internet hits theaters on November 21st 2018. Read the full interview at the Gamer source link below.