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December 13, 2012

New Guillermo Del Toro Movie Features Godzilla Analogue, Giant Mecha Fighting Machines, GLaDOS

I mention GLaDOS, the hilarious voice of the Portal series, because I love her so. She's so funny I didn't even play the games -- I just watched YouTube clips of her wisecracks. It is in fact the Voice of GLaDOS, same actress, same musical/mechanical effect added to her voice.

Well, there’s a reason many people were getting a GLaDOS/Portal vibe from the clip. That’s because it actually IS GLaDOS. The voiceover work is done by GLaDOS’s Ellen McLain. It’s not just her however, she’s had her voice run through nearly the exact same alteration process as in Portal, which is why the two sound identical.

This isn’t breaking news, as Guillermo Del Toro announced Mclain would be an AI back in October, though I don’t think anyone anticipated the voice would be exactly the same. Many were confused after seeing the trailer and might not know that it literally is GLaDOS’s voice rather than just a copycat interpretation.

My new General Rule is that All Movies Suck -- it's just a question of degree, really --- but how bad could this one be?

Here's GLaDOS signing at the end credits of Portal, explaining that she has to murder people in "science experiments" (which really are simply techy sadism) "For Science!" and "for the benefit of the people who are Still Alive."

On the downside -- there was a time, long ago, when Japan ripped us off.

Neat: The most recognizable actor in this movie is a Video Game Character. And not like a Video Game Character appearing in a movie about that video game franchise. Of course Nathan Drake would appear in a Nathan Drake movie. But instead a Video Game Character leaving her own fictive universe to star in some other movie. Just cast because they wanted "a GLaDOS type," so they just hired GLaDOS.

Has that happened before? It happens in, like, William Gibson books, where some fictive entity becomes a celebrity, but has it happened in the real world?

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