Nolan North’s Game Awards Acceptance Speech Wasn’t an Attack on Voice Actors’ Strike
When Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End voice actor, Nolan North, accepted the “Best Performance” award at TGA 2016, his acceptance speech vaguely referenced the ongoing voice actors’ strike in such a way that it led many to believe that he was criticizing the strike. However, that wasn’t the case. For those who missed it, here’s what North said:
I’m going to go out on a limb. I want to thank a group of people at Naughty Dog. It’s them as a whole. I’m hearing a lot of talk lately about how performance matters. And it does. The performance of every designer, every programmer, every artist, every hard-working talented person at that office…that performance is so important…their performance matters more than mine. That’s important to understand in this day and age with all the talk going back and forth. Because without their performance, my performance would not only not matter—it wouldn’t exist.
When several websites ran with the story, implying that North may be criticizing the strike, veteran voice actor Roger Craig Smith jumped to his defense on Twitter, pointing out that the speech was not an attack but rather “a classy, selfless gesture showing importance of ALL folks in game.” North thanked Smith for the tweet, adding, “Yes! Thank you! Just wanting to recognize the too often unrecognized. They all matter, too. #collaboration.”
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