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GTAIV Niko's Actor Got the Shaft

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His face still isn’t famous, but Mr. Hollick’s voice and gait have moved into the pop culture firmament recently as those of Niko Bellic, the sardonic, textured Balkan criminal at the heart of Grand Theft Auto IV, the acclaimed gangster fantasy that has become the fastest-selling game to date. Produced by Rockstar Games and its corporate parent, Take-Two Interactive Software, the game has generated at least $600 million in sales over the last three weeks. [...]

That’s because Mr. Hollick was paid only about $100,000 over roughly 15 months between late 2006 and early this year for all of his voice acting and motion-capture work on the game, with zero royalties or residuals in sight, he said.
Source [New York Times]

Ouch. That's way harsh considering that a lot of what makes this game stellar rather than just fun as **** is the dialogue and the cinematic quality of it. This guy deserved more than your average video game voice
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lol, ONLY 100,000!?! over the span of 1.25 years? thats how much i make in 3.2 years! And I have to type furiously and make sure databases work and code stuff for the web... who is underpaid? This is a classic example of greed.

Yeah, he did a great job... but voice actors only have to work like 2-3 hours a day, sitting in an air conditioned sound studio saying lines off of a piece of paper. Its really quite a cushy job. And he would, I am sure, be respected a lot more if he didn't complain that he wasn't receiving royalties. I've kinda lost respect for him already.
    
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lol, ONLY 100,000!?! over the span of 1.25 years? thats how much i make in 3.2 years! And I have to type furiously and make sure databases work and code stuff for the web... who is underpaid? This is a classic example of greed.

Yeah, he did a great job... but voice actors only have to work like 2-3 hours a day, sitting in an air conditioned sound studio saying lines off of a piece of paper. Its really quite a cushy job. And he would, I am sure, be respected a lot more if he didn't complain that he wasn't receiving royalties. I've kinda lost respect for him already.

Greed? No. Capitalism? Yes. He was a significant part of a product that has already made more than $600,000,000. IMO he added a lot of value to that product. No offense, but what value is all of that furious typing adding to anything? Sounds like you made a bad career choice to me.

This is an entertainment product in the entertainment industry and should be judged by the standards of that industry, standards by which he got shafted
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He signed the contract... so he knew what he was getting into. Also, since GTA really doesn't recycle characters, Rock Star doesn't need to keep him around for the next one.
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He signed the contract... so he knew what he was getting into. Also, since GTA really doesn't recycle characters, Rock Star doesn't need to keep him around for the next one.
The article goes more in depth with the union politics behind the contract. It would seem that although he was a member of SAG there are no provisions for workers in alternative media such as video games
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I think he got plenty. Just because the game sold well doesn't mean he should be paid more.
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I think he should get more. Without his voice the game wouldn't be the same. I wonder how the games coders feel lol.
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