Apparently, Sir Christopher Lee was originally going to voice Zeus in one of the most popular video game series of the decade.

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We all know that Sir Christopher Lee has done some incredible voice work for video games, from Lucan D'Lere in Everquest 2 to DiZ in the Kingdom Hearts series.  Apparently, he was supposed to voice Zeus in God of War 2, one of the most popular video games on the PS2, but he had to drop out after some issues.  According to one of the lead developers, he recorded some dialogue as the King of the Gods before being replaced.  It would have been incredible to hear him voice ZEUS in this immensely popular video game series...

Zeus in the God of War video game:

http://bulk.destructoid.com/ul/154372-the-memory-card-75-the-blind-fighting-the-blind/God%20of%20War%20II%20-%20Zeus-620x.jpg



Does anyone know why Sir Christopher Lee had to drop out, exactly?



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Re: Apparently, Sir Christopher Lee was originally going to ...

La información que tengo es:


God Of War ll


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0846694/trivia


Se puede leer es la siguiente:
Christopher Lee was originally attached for the role of Zeus, but was replaced due to creative differences.



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Re: Apparently, Sir Christopher Lee was originally going to ...

I wonder what those "creative differences" were?



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Sir Lee's vocals on that would've been immense!

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  I believe creative

 

I believe creative differences would be the best possible way to describe it, yes.

However,  the director seems to be arrogant and rude about these differences, as I read on his site. He said:


“For me, the most personal disaster was me insisting on casting Christopher Lee as Zeus and costing us a large sum of money to get him only to realize that he was terrible and difficult to work with. We cut everything he did and ended up going with a SAG actor instead.”

The rest is here:

http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/god_of_war
 

This sort of upset me. And, I find it  very hard to believe, as Sir Christopher has done voices for many other video games and  he is excellent. For example, Kingdom Hearts, in which he was even asked to return and voice a sequel.  I understand it was probably just differences, but I find this man's remarks very rude...especially reguarding someone as experianced as Sir Christopher.



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I agree the director's

I agree the director's comments are very rude and disrespectful
What a disappointment to all of Sir Christopher Lee's fans.
Who better than he to do the voice of Zeus



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I have checked several times

I have checked several times and to this date, there is no agreement or any record  that points to Sir Christopher having done any work whatsoever for that game.

The first announcement, unofficial and “from a very reliable source…?” Nothing directly for Sony?

http://www.totalvideogames.com/God-of-War-II/news/Christopher-Lee-To-Voice-Zeus-In-God-Of-War-2-9340.html

The game was released in April 2007

But 5 months after the release date,  the director puts up this video:

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2007/09/24/god-of-war-god-of-pronunciation/

(I think that you can only watch it from the US or through a proxy server) 

 

 



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Wow. Thanks for the video. I

Wow. Thanks for the video. I had not seen that.

Very odd that he posted that on his blog (the link I posted), when there is no evidence otherwise. And the fact that he said in the video you posted that he talked to Sir Christopher and refered to it as 'awesome' sort of boggles me too haha.

I guess maybe he thinks the 'cast him and then cut him'  just makes for a more interesting and dramatic story :-\

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