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Jim Raynor Discusses StarCraft
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Blizzplanet has posted an interview with Robert Clotworthy, the voice actor behind the memorable StarCraft character, Jim Raynor. Clotworthy discusses his experiences working on StarCraft and his desire to reprise the role for the recently announced sequel should he get the opportunity.

What was it like voiceing Jim Raynor for the first Starcraft game?

It was 1998 when I recorded Jim Raynor, close to ten years ago so the memory may be a bit fuzzy. I know it was fun, it was the first video game character that I had the opportunity to play. Everyone was great, Chris Metzen was there and together we just tried a few different voices till we settled on the raspy one. Chris showed me some artwork that I believe he drew of Raynor. I remember one especially where Raynor was on some futuristic motorcycle and he had all these really cool weapons and I thought Raynor looked like the kind of guy you wouldn't mess with. I made the choice that since Raynor was such a bad ass, he didn't need to get really loud... it was up to the other characters to shut up and listen... and if they didn't, well that was their mistake.

What did you like of your character and its personality?

What I like about Raynor, and I have to credit Chris for this, is that even though Raynor is a simple man... he sees things in black and white... he's conflicted. It's not always easy to do the right thing. But that's where Raynor shows his courage, he does what's right even if it is the difficult choice. In his relationship with Kerrigan, they were very close, obviously they were in love... that's what makes the challenge to him so great when she changes into something that he has vowed to destroy. In destroying her he has to destroy a bit of himself as well. In destroying the only woman he has ever loved or will love, he's condemning himself to a lifetime of being alone. But he's willing to make that sacrifice for the greater good. He's a true hero in the purest sense of the word. We need more Raynor's in the world, hopefully we all have a bit of him in each of us.
Check out the rest of the interview at the link below.

Blizzplanet: Robert Clotworthy/Jim Raynor Interview
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