Good Evening Peasants,
I debated on whether I should come forward and talk about my 3 seasons on SOTNF as the voice of VoidWalker but seeing how much the fans love the show, despite noone ever picking me as their favorite (it hurts a little 🥲) I felt now was as good a time as any for me to share my stories.
When the casting director approached me to voice VoidWalker I was so intrigued.
How do you give life, depth and meaning to a formless, caped character so vile that he tortures souls for fun even after he can't store any more of their energy? I don't know how it happened... but I'd like to think that by time I was gone some, not many, but some fans shed a tear... for the Villain who didn't really want to be a Villain.
My personal highlights and memories from the show
First of all, it's wierd being a 5'2 voice to an almost 7 foot character... let's just get that out of the way... before VoidWalker went absolutely insane and became the reviled character he ultimately had to be, I tried telling someone who I was. they couldn't put 5'2 me into that body... Said I "almost had the voice right" LOL
What was production like for Me as a voice actor on a live production set?
First, you have to understand that The guy they had doing the body of VoidWalker in the first season had this ridiculously highpiched voice, but he was the only crazy tall guy they could find at the time or so.i was told. BUT when he tried doing the lines, all the rest of the cast could do was just laugh because he was criminally and unintentionally hilarious.
So my first season I was on set, voicing off screen for the rest of the cast one day, and then the next day and weekends id be in the booth doing the voiceovers...
For the second and third season, after the first Body of VoidWalker rage-quit, it didn't really matter who was under the greenscreen mask because I was doing the official voice in my booth. Because those guys could say the lines, I got to go back to just booth work. Part of why half the crew and cast don't know who I am... I did most of my recordings from my home studio.
Did I ever physically get on camera?
The first-person POVs of VoidWalkers waking memories, with corporeal VoidWalker holding hands and spinning in a field with his Lost Love, those are my arms reaching out from behind the camera holding her hands!!
What was my favorite scene?
My favorite Scene is from the the season premier of my second season. We open to:
VoidWalker is drift-pacing and talking to himself on the dark and dismal bridge of his flagship, the VSS Man-O-War.
Captain Maximas is tethered to Ener-posts by chains and cables, their clothing torn and tattered as they stand boldly glaring at Voidwalker. Their life is being slowly sucked from them as they fight the drain.
VoidWalker is whipping his staff back and forth from hand to hand as each of his many voices discussed what to do with the Captain:
take their life for fun and joy...
see how much suffering they could endure...
infect them with a plague and let them "escape"...
cut off small pieces of their body and give them to their spouse and 2 children so that Voidwalker could feel them writhe in their pain.
As Captain Maximas suddenly slumps and appears to be mere moments from death, VoidWalker is suddenly face to face with the Captain, and I get to famously proclaim my most famous phrase:
"Your life is mine, your death was pointless. I have won."
The look in the Captains face when they finally realized they couldn't win was heartbreaking and the guest director did a great job catching that pain...
And then of course we all know how that whole scene ended...
Why did VoidWalker go that way?
I, from the beginning, advocated for a lighter ending...
but ultimately as we fleshed out the character, we quickly discovered that VoidWalker always had to go one step further than anyone else could imagine. Really every step took us closer and closer to the spiral to hell that consumed VoidWalker and made us feel just the littlest bit sad for him.
What was going on inside His mind could never be clear, even to the viewer, because then you could assign meaning to his deeds, understand him and maybe forgive him... yet keeping him confused angry and scared within himself gave us just enough residual humanity to have feelings as he battles unknown demons inside.
Who was my favorite opponent?
I really liked the whole interaction between Captain Maximas and VoidWalker... there was always a question about why VoidWalker chose them as an adversary and tortured them for so long only to end it like that. We never got to hear the backstop that initially brought VoidWalker into this realm to hunt Captain Maximus... but considering that the writers never intended VoidWalker to last more than a 2 or 3 episode arc, instead of 3 seasons, and considering that VoidWalker moved on to a different sector to parasitically leech from an untouched civilization and that had nothing to do with the Captain, we can always imaging that Captain Maximas, as they are wont, insulted the honour of VoidWalkers Lost Love.
Who was my inspiration, where did I look for help reaching that depth of character and how to love him while hating him?
Marc Alaimo. His portrayal of Gul Dukat had me loving and having him at the same time... he showed me how a cruel man can be so insidiously cruel and yet have such deep love and self confidence. He was convinced that he was a good man... that every step of the way he was a good man....
AMA, I'm on TikTok, Reddit, and Fandom as @TheVoiceofVoidWalker.
Please tell me of any of your memories with me on the show.