Gary Oldman almost spoke out General Grievous

General Grievous spins his lightsabers in Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.


Part of the fun of Star Wars can see famous actors suddenly show up in one of the many movies or shows. Maybe they’re there as important characters, like we have with Sam Jackson or… Ming-Na Wenmaybe they’re there like “wait, they are in this?” cameos, such as Zach Braff or Forest Whitaker† Anyway, it’s always lovely when these stars show up to be the new “Glup Shitto” for a while.

Surprisingly, a cameo we could have gotten would have been for what would have been a major player during the franchise’s prequel era. General Grievous, the separatist leader of the 2005 droid army Revenge of the Sith, was almost spoken by darkest hours Gary Oldman. In a recent interview about the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Oldman himself said he was this one close to voicing the multi-armed villain, even going as far as including some lines for the character.

However, things fell apart because of “union stuff and non-union stuff” because the film was shot mostly in Australia, according to Oldman. Due to rules regarding unions and the making of Australian films, he did not want to be ‘the banner for breaking union roles’. Despite losing the part, he said it was a positive experience doing VO work with George Lucas, calling the director/writer “amazing.” I don’t regret that.”

Voice work for Grievious in Revenge would go to Lucasfilm sound engineer Matthew Wood, who would later reprise the role for: The Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network, along with a handful of video games that featured the character. In front of Revenge, the villain appeared in Gennedy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars series, where he was voiced by John DiMaggio and Richard McGonagall. Even though he tended to hold the most L’s of all the bad guys during the prequel era, and liked to cough or run a lot, it was always fun to see him pop into things. It’s interesting to think about what Oldman’s voice would have brought to the character; Part of what makes Grievous interesting is that his voice sounds like it would serve as partial inspiration for Anakin Skywalker when he became Darth Vader.

[via Collider]

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