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Why do they dub someone else's voice in?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by krism, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. krism

    krism New Member


    I've noticed that in his last few movies that some other guy is speaking when Steven's mouth is moving or when the camera is not on him. Not all the time, but some of the time. Why is that? Man is it annoying!

  2. Serena

    Serena Administrator

    Oh, was there voice dubbing?
  3. TDWoj

    TDWoj Administrator Staff Member

    We've had this discussion endless times. Some people come down on one side - that it wasn't built in his contract to do post-production work (which in my opinion seems odd, from what I know about the movie business). Other people come down on the other side - that he simply can't be bothered to do post-production work. There's nothing wrong with his voice, else why would he be trying to break into the music business as a singer and a musician?

    No one really knows. If you want to see what's been discussed already, try this thread: http://www.steven-seagal.net/forum/showthread.php?t=3949.
  4. Amos Stevens

    Amos Stevens New Member

    Maybe the directors use to do cartoons and havent' got off having to use someone to do the voice :(
  5. Kcs

    Kcs Member

    From IMDB a post by a user 'mcmanus5':

    "Being a very close, and personal friend of Steven's, I must say (...) yes, it is true that his voice is dubbed at points in the movie. The reason, as mentioned in the other posts is due to the cost as well as Steven's VERY busy schedule working on several film projects as well as his music career.

    Tulku Tenzin Chophak Rinpoche "

    I don't know whether this is true, or not, anyway, no reason to think, that it is not.
  6. greg boyd

    greg boyd Greg Boyd

    i understand where that comment is coming from but busy or not he still has to be there to be filmed then dubbed meaning it wont really make any difference to his busy schedule if he tlk while being filmed or not.
  7. mikek7316

    mikek7316 Engorged Member

    I think the reason for this is two-pronged:
    One, Seagal has a very soft, low voice that is probably difficult to pick up on the microphones used in filming.
    Two, Seagal is a bad actor, so even a dubbed voice is more convincing than Seagal's monotone emoting.
  8. suziwong

    suziwong Administrator Staff Member

    I know this man yes he is very close to him and it means it is true..

  9. TDWoj

    TDWoj Administrator Staff Member

    It may be true; but why is Steven so busy when other actors seem to find the time to complete their movies? It's a poor excuse; I'm not buying it. And, look at the source- "imdb.com". Remember, anybody can post anything on imdb.com. It doesn't mean it's true.
  10. Lollipop

    Lollipop Banned

    Because he is a washed up actor who's career is over!! He is fat has stunts do all of his work, has voice dubbed over!! When is he ever going to go away?
  11. TDWoj

    TDWoj Administrator Staff Member

    You're such a hoot, Lollipop! If I were Steven, I'd be nervous! You'd straighten his act out in a New York minute, you would! :D
  12. Serena

    Serena Administrator

    Had his voice dubbed over? :confused: Did I miss someone saying that somehow?
    ;) :D
  13. Lollipop

    Lollipop Banned

    If you missed it, you can not read or see! I think it is a part of every thread now!! Just trying to be agreeable! Don't want it said I don't play well with others!! :D :D
  14. DiDa

    DiDa Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Well, if he is busy, i would suggest that he makes 2 movies in a year instead of 4! He just has to take his time to work on the post-production. I would rather see 2 movies where you can here Steven's own voice then 4 movies where we hear the voice dubbing.He just has to take his time on filmmaking. Nobody of his fans is saying that he has to make 4 movies in a year. Take more time for a movie and maybe the quality will be better!!
  15. Kcs

    Kcs Member

    Imagine the situation:

    X: Hi, Steven. We would like you to star in our film. We'd pay 4 million dollars to you.

    Seagal: Well, no thanks. I'm already working on two films. I prefer the post-production work.
  16. DiDa

    DiDa Well-Known Member Staff Member

    You're right about that. But the 4 millions can become more if you take your time with making a movie to reach better quality. Then he will get better offers by the studios and then maybe is able to make Under Siege 3! And i think Steven has to do it for his fans....
  17. Donald Lee Wilkey

    Donald Lee Wilkey A Steven Seagal fan

    it might be that steven seagal practices ki-ai shouts or spiritual chants of holy sounds on a daily basis?
    that certainly explains it for me as to why he overdubs his voice in movies nowadays
    His voice is overworked from chanting and shouting after his exercises
  18. TDWoj

    TDWoj Administrator Staff Member

    No - he's simply not under contract to do any post-production work, especially since post-production work would require him to go back to whatever country he filmed the movie in, and that he won't do. If they don't get the sound right while he's there, they have to dub in a voice-double. It's as simple as that.
  19. Donald Lee Wilkey

    Donald Lee Wilkey A Steven Seagal fan

    thanks TDwoj, i just learned something new about film making today
  20. TDWoj

    TDWoj Administrator Staff Member

    Eh, sorry if I sounded a bit - well. We've discussed this topic endlessly, and we've just recently had it confirmed that it's a contract issue. Though why anyone making a movie would leave something like this out, is beyond my meagre comprehension.

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