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The Auto Assembly website has been updated with a video from Michael Bell talking about his appearance at Auto Assembly 2012.
Click the link to visit the site and see the video. Also remember that you can already purchase tickets for Auto Assembly 2013 which has already confirmed three guests, the returning Neil Kaplan (voice of Optimus Prime from Transformers Robots in Disguise), the returning Dan Gilvezan (voice of G1 Bumblebee) and Steve Blum (voice of Transformers Prime Starscream as well as Darkscream, Wars and Fortress Maximus in Transformers Robtos in Disguise, Heatwave in Transformers Rescue Bots along with countless other shows and video games).
Also keep an eye out for Roll Out Roll Call 2013, for an earlier fix of Transformers and GI-Joe goodness
Skewed and Reviewed recently had the opportunity to interview Transformers Prime voice actor Steve Blum (Starscream) regarding his work on Transformers Prime, Guild Wars, Bulletstorm and the Transformers: Dark of the Moon game.
Here are a couple of snippets, but please visits sknr to read the full article.
How did you become involved with the new Transformers project and your character?
I prayed a lot, bribed a little, cried some. [Laughs]
Actually, I just auditioned for it like anything else – and got really,
really lucky! Starscream has always been one of my favorite characters
– especially as played in recent years by the great Charlie Adler and
also the great Tom Kenny! In fact, after hearing Charlie’s recent
performances in the films, I felt I had to get his blessing before I
could even accept the role! By the way, what a gentleman – love that
guy! Tom’s a hell of an act to follow too – jeez! It’s very hard for me
to take over a character that has been so masterfully portrayed –
especially when my friends are the previous portrayers! I didn’t try to
consciously copy anything that had been done before me, I simply did
what came naturally and apparently (thankfully) they liked it!
... working with a cast (like in Transformers) – is always more
fun. We get to play a lot of nuance off of each other that just doesn’t
exist when I’m in a room by myself. And we laugh. A lot. Sometimes too
much. This cast in particular is amazing. I get a huge kick out of
sitting back and watching Peter (Cullen) and Frank (Welker), the
“Godfatherbots” themselves – duke it out. It’s a joy and honor to work
in the same room with two of my biggest heroes! They ARE a comedy team.
Like the old school, masters of improv and impersonation, the real deal.
So much talent in that room, and an unusual mix of voices! It’s
What sort of research did you do for the parts and what challenges did it present compared with other work?
I read a lot of stuff on the internet and watched an episode or two
from each of the older series. I was already in my 20’s when G1 came
out, but I was certainly aware that Transformers was something
new and different and I have to admit that I did play with my kid’s
action figures. I still do. Except I have my own action figures now.
That counts as research, right?
What can you tell us about your work in Guild wars 2 and the new Transformers game in terms of who you voice and what were your experiences on each?
Ah, Rytlock Brimstone, one big, nasty Charr – wields a huge sword and
speaks in a gravelly, deep voice. That’s pretty much my entire
knowledge of the guy. I’m not a gamer, so I play, I fight, I move on.
Seemed pretty epic at the time.
If you’re speaking of the newest Transformers game –
WAY too early to talk about it, methinks. Lasers trained on my temples.
In the past, I’ve played a lot of bots – good and bad, including
Barricade and Breakdown. Vocally stressful, but any time I get to live
in the Transformers universe, I’m grateful.