Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brütal Legend Studio Head Explains Why Dio Had to Go

I pretty much want to have sex with the concept of Brütal Legend: it's basically Jack Black using heavy metal technology to recreate Bruce Campbell's role in Army of Darkness in video game form and as such combines pretty much everything I love about pop culture in one form. However, I will still take this time to call shenanigans on the explanation given by Tim Schafer, the head of the studio creating Brütal Legend, on why they replaced Dio with Tim Curry as the voice of the main bad guy, Emperor Doviculus. Tim's explanation:
"Ronnie James Dio is an amazing singer and truly one of the great figures of metal, but as the character of Doviculus evolved, we realized that Tim Curry was a better fit for the part," Schafer told GameSpot. "Anyone who has seen his amazing performance as the Lord of Darkness in the movie 'Legend' knows why we cast him in the role of Doviculus, Emperor of the Tainted Coil."
Not that Tim Curry is a bad choice - while I haven't seen Legend, I have seen The Three Musketeers and he made a kick-ass Cardinal Richelieu - but it's not like Dio lacks experience in these areas: his portrayal of Doctor X in Mindcrime II was one of the highlights of the album. I suspect the real reason for the switch is either:
  • It's all about work: Touring The Devil You Know with Heaven and Hell is taking up too much time and Dio can't fully commit to the voice-over project OR
  • It's all about ego: Dio can't stand working on the same project as Ozzy Osbourne, or vice-versa, and one of them had to go.
What do you think?


SaucyJ said...

Tim Curry does better voice over work because he is a professional speaker. Dio is a professional singer. (but Dio is still way more badass).

Eric said...

Good point, but wouldn't the same logic apply to Ozzy, Lemmy, and Lita Ford?

Seth said...

I would say ESPECIALLY Ozzy.

This has to be politics. There is no way that Ozzy is considered passable voice talent but somehow Dio's contributions were simply not up to par.

Martell said...

I think its a touring conflict, Dio is a true professional and since he and Ozzy would not even see each other I don't see it being an issue. Although I wouldn't want to be associated with anything Ozzy related at this point in his joke of a career.