Nolan North: The Humble Nathan Drake
You know Nolan North. Even if you aren't familiar with the name - although you should be by now - you know him. He has been the voice of Nathan Drake in the acclaimed Uncharted games, and he has also lent his considerable talent to roles in Assassin's Creed, Halo and the recently released Dark Void. Want to learn more about him?
GamePro conducted a lengthy interview with North, who says he gets paid now to do what used to land him in detention. He says he's "humbled by all this" and "feels blessed," mainly because like millions of other aspiring actors in the late '90s, North was going nowhere for a while. He got his "first real gig" in a short-lived soap opera called "Port Charles" but things didn't exactly escalate from there. Before this decision, he went to the University of North Carolina on a baseball scholarship and earned a journalism degree, although he only worked as a reporter for a year. Then, the world of gaming knocked on his door - see how in the interview - and his resume began to expand with game gigs. And now, he's pretty damn big...although not as big as Hollywood celebs, and you may feel sorry for him in that respect. But don't, 'cuz North is plenty happy with the way things are.
"I feel terrible for Brad Pitt. The anonymity of voice over is one the biggest advantages of the job. You make a great living, support your family, and nobody's going to bother you."
North, a clear family man, certainly appreciates the money and living a comfortable life in Southern California. He unsurprisingly attributes this comfort to Uncharted, and after another quick role in Prince of Persia, more opportunities kept popping up. "I've found my niche," he says. And as for the motion-capture stuff, which is new to him, North describes it as "doing theater," only he "doesn't have to shave." Lastly, we'll leave you with one quote we agree with 110%:
"Good voice acting is when you don't notice it, like how you don't notice the dialogue in a movie -- it's just part of the story."
North almost can't believe the success he has enjoyed thus far and he says he's "constantly waiting to be found out." It just feels like too much fun, apparently, and if they don't ever "find him out," he's gonna put, "He got away with it" on his tombstone. For our part, North's voice acting always adds a professional flavor to any game he's involved in, and he absolutely needs to keep working. Don't worry, Nolan, nobody will find out anything besides the fact that you're a damn good addition to a growing industry.
1/15/2010 10:38:09 AM Ben Dutka