A voice actor’s voice is an extremely important part of an actor’s performance, as they have to bring their natural, authentic voice to the role of an Avatar.
Voice actor Tom Kenny, who has appeared in a range of TV shows including Friends, The Big Bang Theory, House, and American Idol, has said that he would love to get to work on Avatar as a Black voice.
“I want to be the Avatar of Black voices.
I would love for me to work with Black people to bring the voice of Black characters to the world.
That’s what I want to do.
If that’s possible I would like to be able to do that,” he told the BBC in an interview with the Voice Over Talent Magazine.
In the latest episode of The Voice Over Magazine, Kenny explained his thoughts on Avatar: The Last Airbender, explaining that the show is a representation of the world of Avatar.
“It’s not a world where you’re supposed to look the same and be the same, or the same with the same facial expressions, it’s a world that’s been changed, but the same people.
That world is the Avatar world,” he said.
“That world is a reflection of a lot of people’s lives and experiences.
And that’s something that I would be really interested in bringing to the Avatar series.”
Kenny said that the voice acting on Avatar is very important, because it’s the only voice actor who can be the voice for any given character.
“The voices are so unique in the voice actors themselves, because they don’t have the ability to just do a one-dimensional performance.
They have to have the character, and the world, and their personality, and that’s what you have to put into the character,” he explained.”
So that’s why the world is so important.
The voice acting is just so important because if you can bring the character’s personality, the story, the world that they live in, to life then you can be that voice.”
As part of the interview, Kenny also revealed that he was approached by a couple of Black women interested in playing the role, which was a bit upsetting for him.
“They called me up and said, ‘You should do this,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to, but they have a lot to say,'” he explained, adding that he felt awkward about the whole thing.
“You’re not supposed to be saying no to Black women.
It’s like, if you say yes to a Black woman you’re just saying, ‘Thank you, you are amazing,'” he said, adding, “I don’t think it’s right for me.””
I’m not a Black man and I don�t want to get into the black-male-hood politics and all that, but I’m just so glad that people were listening to me,” he added.”
There’s no way in the world I can say no to a woman.
I’ve had the most wonderful experiences, and I know I’m doing the best I can with my career, and this is just another opportunity to make something out of it.”
He said that if he had to do the same thing for another Black actor, he would be “just as excited”.
“It wouldn’t be as weird,” he continued.
“It would be a lot easier.
It would be something I can just say yes.
I’m like, okay, it would be awesome, and they’d say, ‘Yeah, we’re sure you would do that,'” he concluded.”
And I’d be like, yeah, but it would take me a long time.
And I would still have to do my job, but there would be no backlash.”
Watch the full interview with Tom Kenny on the Voice over Talent Magazine podcast below: