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October 26, 2004
I'm Richard Burns, WCTR News . . .
Several months ago, I did an interview for a show called The Technofile, hosted by a guy named l a z l o w. Now, anyone who has played Grand Theft Auto 3 or Vice City knows that is a big part of both those games, so when I called him for our interview I was able to keep it together for about 75 seconds before I blurted out, "Oh man, I have to tell you how much I love Vice City, especially the soundtrack, and it's just super cool that I get to talk with you!"
He was very gracious and endured my fanboy explosion, and we did our interview. When we were done, we chatted a little bit more, and somehow the topic of GTA: San Andreas came up. One thing lead to another, and lazlow asked me if I would be interested in being a caller on one of the radio stations.
I just about crapped my pants, and told him that I LOVE the GTA games, and I'd do any part at all just so I could be part of San Andreas. He told me that he'd bounce some ideas around, and get back to me about it.
A few weeks later, he called and offered me a part as a news reporter in the game. Of course I accepted, and back in summer, I got to spend the better part of an afternoon in a sound booth, bringing the character of Richard Burns to life. It was some of the most fun I've ever had, because lazlow, just like the producers of GR2, worked with me, and encouraged me to take some risks, improvise a little bit, and really push the limits of what we could get away with.
It's super cool, man! Richard Burns is one of those characters that most people would probably say I couldn't play, and most studios would have probably dismissed me out of hand, but lazlow believed in me, and took a big chance on me . . . and apparently it's paid off, because about a month after I did my sessions, lazlow called me, and told me that he'd played my bits for some very important people at Rockstar Games, and one of the Really Big Important Dudes said something like, "I love Richard Burns!"
I haven't been able to talk about this since I recorded it, because I signed an NDA. I haven't discussed the details of my scenes with anyone, not even Anne or the kids, and none of my friends even knew that I was in it at all. Matter of fact, the only person who knew about it was my brother, and that's because he's also a talented voice actor who has a cameo on the game. But even when we talked about it, I couldn't discuss specifics with him, and we kept calling it "The Project."
It has been killing me to keep this to myself, because being in GTA: San Andreas is like being in Empire Strikes Back, but Rockstar was obviously very concerned about protecting the story, and I respect that. However, since it's come out today (and it already breaking sales records, apparently) I can do the excited geek dance right here on WWdN --> w00000t!
As an actor, I always want to be part of projects that I am proud of, that I can confidently tell my friends about, and that doesn't happen very often . . . I can't believe that I get to be part of what is already being called "the single best title on the PS2 [the reviewer has] ever played."
Again, I say: w00000t!
Posted by wil at October 26, 2004 09:01 AM
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Geek dance from the East Coast for Wil!
You amaze me every day, bud.
That rawks! I don't play video games, but my hubby does, and I know about the GTA series. Good going!
i just saw a commercial for GTA:san andreas last night and wondered if that was the game you were in! it's like i have espn.... ;)
super woot! I love the GTA games and can't wait to hear you.
Schweeeeeeeeeeet! Go you "Mr. Burns!"
Not surprisingly, there were a ton of ads for GTA:SA during the season premier of Viva La Bam on MTV Sunday night. I was an absolute GTA3 addict, the only thing I didn't finish was the ambulance mission. Vice City came out just after my daughter was born, so I never got very far into it. I think I had just burned myself out on the whole concept with GTA3.
I wasn't planning on getting GTA:SA, but I might have to check it out now. I have to admit that the ads made it look awful damn good.
Can't wait to hear ya :)
Wow Wil! rawk! I hadn't planned on buying the next GTA, mainly cause I don't like how they left out the PC market, but I'm willing to run down to the store after work and get a copy now (assuming it's not sold out.... ohhh, so THAT'S what the game store was gearing up for last night!) That's so super cool.
I have no idea how you kept your cool for so long.. dang!
Can't wait to hear Richard Burns come to life in game. ;)
Wow, that is really cool! Now I just need a PS2...
Congrats!! The GTA games are my favorite PS2 games by far. I can't wait to get my hands on my reserved copy!
I saw a commercial for GTA: San Andreas the other night and it looked really cool on it's own. Really cool new GTA game and Wil Wheaton voicing a character in it? Double Bonus!
Very, very cool. Glad you didn't burst from the excitement. Yay! An excuse to go get the game! :)
See, now I have to buy a PS2. I just wish Sony would make bigger controllers. Those tiny little things give me hand cramps.
OMFG, that's awesome! Talk radio is pretty much the station I listen to on both GTA3 and GTA: VC. Rawk on, Dick Burns! (you might need to see a doctor about that)
Hey, if RockStar liked you that much, maybe you'll be in the next one.
Congrats Wil! This is great news. Can't wait to hear you bring Richard Burns to life!!
I remember you dropping a couple of "Holy shiats, I can't wait to tell you about something big!" during the past few months and now I finally get to hear what all the hullabaloo was about!
Kick ass, Wil! Cannot wait to hear Mr. Burns as I'm being a total and complete reckless travelling disaster through the city streets! Great joerb!
(Rather than continue onward in all caps like I really want to, I'll just stop there).
for those of us that are planning on purchasing this game for someone for certain holidays that are encroaching....
A "Play" link to it on the right side *points* would be awesome, plus you can use your referral code with amazon.
awesome wil! i'm going to go to my local bestbuy at lunch time and HOPE there's a copy left!
The last copy just sold out of Circuit City on my lunch break. I'll keep an ear out for you when I get to play it in 2.5 hours (not that I'm counting mind you).
Rock! ON! I'm most certainly getting GTA:SA soon, and will be listening intently for one Richard Burns!
Congrats Wil!!! This is awesome news!!! I will definitely have to check that out :)
I can only imagine how hard it was for you to keep this project under wraps for so long.
Doing the Geek Dance in Tucson, Arizona for you :)
Heh. Is "Dick" any relation to Monty Burns?
Looks like I'll have to buy a PS2 and GTA:SA just to hear you on it.
Wil, buddy, you've got to stop being so wickedly successful. It's breaking my bank.
Thanks for giving me a huge grin.
Your enthusiasm is so infectious. My husband also loves those games. I stink at that kind of game. But I like to watch the story parts.
Go! Go! Richard Burns.
After reading this, and realizing that GTA:SA was actually out today, I rushed over to Best Buy. I grabbed the 6th to last copy (they started 2 hours earlier with about 200).
Can't wait till after work to try this out, and I'll be making sure to listen for Richard Burns! ^_^
That is awesome, kiddo. I am happy for you. It is wonderful to do work that you love and be loved for it, too. Happiness to you always. :)
I love that his name is Burns.
Oh my god! YOU'RE GOING TO BE IN THE GTA: SAN ANDREAS RADIO!!??? YOU LUCKY BASTARD! HOW THE HELL DID YOU GET TO BE IN GTA: SAN ANDREAS!? Man i love those games. Both of them and GTA2 too. I'M GONNA RIP YA TO SHREADS WIL! Obviously you'll get a copy of the game for free. So, let's talk now, shall we? you could always ask them for another free copy, Ahem.
So DANZA was right.
I'm so happy for you. I haven't played the game yet, but when I do, I'll be listening for you.
Way to go. Glad you were in there. I've been planning on getting a PS2 to play it. We'll see.
geek dance from phoenix. goodonya wil! hey, pressure them to turn you into dick burns, reporter turned national shock jock for the next one. id love to hear you trying to be stern.
Righteous Wil. That's a wicked cool gig there. Congrats from Sacramento ( hehe now I suppose there will be a GTA:Sacramento Valley, Battle of the Tweakers ).
My 14 year old son has all the previous GTA games.....can't wait to hand him this one at Christmas and tell him Wil Wheaton is in it. I can picture it now..the rolling eyes....and the "Mom, you're a fangirl!".......yea, so?!
Keep up the great work Wil!
I certainly know who to tell my next secret to!
Don't know how you kept that one in!
Woo-Hoo! Go Wil! So supercool! I can't wait to hear your work!
Welcome to the Conspiracy of Burnses, Wil. Remember, our official Night is January 25, and you get to drink Scotch and look askance at people at will from now on.
On a related note, I called my Uncle Dick. He's now buying the game based wholly on the fact that you're cool and you have his name.
I don't think you're gonna be right for this Richard Burns character.
We're looking for someone a little more .. um .. ~edgy~.
Ducking and Running,
Aw man, that's so great! I get your blog feed on LJ, and I was about to comment there, before realizing the futility of that. But I'm so freakin' pleased and excited for you! Thanks so much for sharing all your geeklord triumphs - they really brighten my days.
So.... I guess you can talk about it now. :)
Big-ass w00t for the HM!
Congratulations Wil. That kicks ten kinds of ass. Too bad I won't be able to hear your (I'm sure) awesomely done Richard Burns until San Andreas comes out on the PC. I will, however, be the first in line for it when it does, and this news is definitely another reason for that.
This IS awesome... been so looking forward to San Andreas, now i'll be listening out for Richard Burns too. Way to go Wil! =)
angie K, i had similiar complaints about the PS2 controllers... try the Logitech "Extreme Action" controller, they're much more comfortable for larger hands. I've only seen the wireless models in stores, but a plain wired version (for $20 cheaper) is on walmart.com.
note that the analog sticks may go flaky on you, i had my first one go wonky after only four months... but the grip is MUCH more comfortable.
Awesome Wil, that's truely awesome! Can't wait to check that out! Congrats!
im real slow on those games and somehow keep messing them up for my sister. but i love to play them! we have the cheets book *smirk*.
i love that you are so down to earth and get so excited about the things you do, dont ever change!
i'll make sure my sister gets that game for crimbo!does anyone know the relaese date for the uk?and on x-box?
i dont know how the geek dance goes, but im dancing!!
love to all. xoxo
Oh wow! w00t, indeed, Wil! I was flipping through the "Radio Callers" listings in the back of my brand new GTA: San Andreas guide, and who's name do I come across? Uncle Willie!
You've been outted on /.
Rock, Rock ON!
That is really great! Congratulations. I bet you wrote this post weeks ago and have been dying to post it. I've seen the GTA games but they didn't really grab me (I feel guilty running over pretend innocents -- whatever). I may have to check out this one just to hear your role.
Oh, crap. I forgot. I don't have a PS2.
Sweet, now I just have to wait 6-8 months for it to make its way over to the PC so I can aim with a mouse and see everything in 1025x768.
Hey Wil! Congrats man. I'm already in love with this game and have always loved the series. The fact that a fellow farker is in it just makes it all that much better. I'm flipping around the radio stations as soon as I get the chance to see what you recorded :)
For all of the good quality work you've done I hate to say it but I think being in a GTA game is the most awesome all around :)
Wow, looking at the lazlow.com site made me a little seasick...
Wil FARKING Wheaton is in GTA: San Andreas?! Sweet jeebus. Wil, you are the epitome of cool right now. I only had mild interest in Vice City (mainly the soundtrack) when my fiance showed it to me, but once he picks up his copy of SA, I'm going to have to steal it from him. And your brother worked on it, too, huh? That's awesome! I'm beaming right now. Thank you for sharing your news with us fellow monkeys :D
Seriously - hella, hella cool. Congratulations.
Never played any GTA games
or own any game systems
but now I'll have to crank open my wallet
kick ass, wil. seriously. i can't wait to play that game!
By the way, I have a weekly comic starting in the Washington City Paper this week so I'll be drinking Guinness and dancing down the east coast while you're doing the same on the west...
I also have some new books put together. I'll send em to you when I get a chance.
Get in touch with me sometime...
So, do I get to kill you in the game? Or is it one of those cut-scene things?
w00000T? I love you even more now! *bows before you* some of this is for lazlow! GTA I love that game...I love you...lots of love to all!!!
In the words of Mr.Burns, "Eeexxxxxcellent!" ;)
oops wrong Mr. Burns! :P
But great job wil! I played it today and LOVED it! I didn't hear your part yet, but my brother already used out the cheat codes and is blowing people and stuff up!! I figure by the end of the month he'd win the game! he's good at it. I play GTA for a little stress reliever!!
I called Devyn and told her buy I didn't know she knew (and/or that you posted this) now I feel stupid :(
I read it out of the manuel and called her. oy!
Well glad to see ya got work! :)
and it worked out for ya!!! :D
I got the biggest grin on my face reading this. CONGRATS! I'm so happy for you!
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a terrible game. It sucks.
Ok, not really. But considering how things are going, I figure I'll be the only person to ever say that, and any Google search for "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" and "sucks" will return only one entry. My comment on WWDN. :D
hey, man, congratulations! Sounds like a sweet deal, and I enjoy the fact that there is such a wide variety of voice talent in the game. Where else can someone like you, MC Eiht, and Axl Rose all be found together? I would love to be involved in that game in any way, really. Even sweeping up the Rockstar North offices! lol, eazy!
GTA San Andreas sucks. And I will say that until Saturday, because I am small and petty and envious that I don't have the time to pick up a copy until then.
Wil, congrats on being able to do this. I can't wait to hear your part in this thing!
I've been listening avidly for your voice Wil.. According to the back of the manual, you're only credited as a "Caller" into the radio stations.. it makes no mention of your name for news..
Is this intentional, or accidental?
That's really cool that you're a voice on GTA! I've never really played the game myself since I suck at those kinds of games, but I have listened to the radio portion. My boyfriend downloaded an mp3 of a whole hour's worth of Lazlow's talk show segments, complete with commercials, and our most favorite one is when Lazlow interviews this totally gay kung fu wannabe vegan dork with a lisp, and Lazlo's making fun of him the whole time since the guy is obviously full of shit and doesn't know a thing about kung fu. My boyfriend and I are in tears every time we play that segment.
I hope my boyfriend buys the game so I can get to hear you on it! Cheers!
Yeesh. With all the new requirements all the games are needing now, San Andreas probabnly aint any different. Perhaps when I get up to par for DooM3 *sigh*:(
Wil's in San Andreas!? Now I *have* to tune into the talk station.
I just couldn't force myself to switch off Axl Rose's 'classic' rock. bahaha.
This game is now officially the most hip of all-time.
You didn't tell anybody and spoil it until the right time. Good for you. I thought that you would be used to that part of the biz by now. Congrats.
So you're.... *grimace*
'Dick Burns'? owie
Now I remember why I quit playing video games. Okay, only after dusk.
HOT DAMN WIL!!!!!
Sigh. Now I have to rework my budget AGAIN ye bastid. Lessee... 1 license of GTA... skip on Office 2004 update... ;-) that'll work!
My husband used to be a video game tester, and he couldn't keep stuff from me very easily... he would at least vaguely hint at things. I don't know how you kept it a secret from your family.
This makes me even more excited about GTA: San Andreas than I already was. Hopefully we can come up with the money to buy it soon.
Jade Hancock said: angie K, i had similiar complaints about the PS2 controllers... try the Logitech "Extreme Action" controller, they're much more comfortable for larger hands. I've only seen the wireless models in stores, but a plain wired version (for $20 cheaper) is on walmart.com.
note that the analog sticks may go flaky on you, i had my first one go wonky after only four months... but the grip is MUCH more comfortable.
You'll be needing to aim that at Matt as he's the one who posted on that. (poster name under text) I have the tiniest hands ever. I actually need smaller controls. ;)
Yay for gaming!
I was reading the Internet Movie Database site today and looked you up - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000696/bio.
It states that your birth name is Richard William Wheaton III which means that you share the first name with your video game personality. :-)
I'm not a gamer so I don't think I'll ever hear see your character. Your post filled with enthusiasm which makes me happy.
Congrats on your latest break and being able to share the news with everyone!
PS Are you really writing a book about web design? There's information about that at the bottom of your imdb profile.
God damn, how can I buy a game featuring this nerd and still hold my head up?
I didn't need another reason to purchase GTA but you've just given me the BEST reason! Way to go Wil!!!
Your momma must be so proud - mine wouldn't get it but that's neither here nor there.
Fantastic! I love knowing these 'insider' things early on so I can say 'Dude! Did you hear that Burns guy? Guess who's voice that was! Wil Wheaton!
Good for you Wil..
-A fellow farker (sfgeek)
Dude I have no idea who you are, but Fark seems to love you a lot. I'm getting the game tomorrow (here in Australia) and I'll listen out for Mr Burns.
Congratulations. I completely agree that being in GTA: San Andreas is like being in Empire Strikes Back.
Let me get this straight......you're excited about playing a character named "Dick" Burns?
And what a great set of lines for you to read!
I bet you got a kick out of that one!
Also, I doubt you recorded at the same time as Ice-T, which is good in case he heard your comment about his drink being glorified water! yikes!
Sweet! Now I have 2 things I need to get you to autograph (well, assuming I ever get my hands on a Heart of the Anomaly.....)
that is really really cool. congratulations
wil! oh my sweet lord! my boyfriend and i were playing it last night and he totally thought that richard burns was voiced by lewis black! i'm so happy for you - i'm so excited for you that i've got one of those goofy expressions that are so embarrassing to wear while at work. congrats!
I just picked up GTA:SA.
Ohhhh wowwwwww what a game. And i'm totally listening to WCTR half the time just to hear Richard Burns.
Quality work, my man. QUALITY.
I hear they have a shot for that!
Damn that's awesome. I can't wait to hear it in a year or two when they relase GTA:SA for PC or Xbox! :(
Let me tell you what happened yesterday, after I purchased GTA:SA. I was looking through the manual, looking for famous names littered through the cast(once I heard Sam Jackson in the intro sequence) And I spotted a few, like James Woods in there. But, as I flipped through the rest, and came upon the WCTR advert, I saw Wil Wheaton as Rich Burns.
And that amazed me more than any of the other names. All I could think was "Must tune in to WCTR to hear Wil do the news!"
Gratz on being in gaming history!
That is wicked cool that you are on GTA!! And you got farked from fark.com!
Also, I watched Toy Soldiers the other day...good show, even if you did get shot.
I just bought a PS2 today for this game. The first one that's been worth it :)
Wil -- you might want to see if you can get the IMDB record for GTA:SA to add your name to it. It's not showing up right now.
That's awesome. I'll have to go out buy it now. Like, I wouldn't have if you were not the voice of Richard Burns. Not!
Congrats on being part of the new GTA!
And thanks for writing about this - now I know what to get my brother for Christmas this year.
(*doing happy little geek-dance on top of keyboard*)
That's got to be pretty surreal - jacking someone's car (or other conveyance...there are so many) and hearing yourself on the radio...any thoughts on it?
Great going Wil! I'll look for you on the sound track. I think the music and talk radio segments of the other GTA games were some of the best parts of the game, so congrats for getting a part on GTA4! It's a very, very cool gig.
Kewl. Wil is in GTA:SA. That's pretty friggin' awesome, mang. Did you know that there is a real Mr. Burns? Yeah - he has a game too... Richard Burns Rally! Unfortunately it is only available in the UK and other PAL friendly locations... Just a "Burns" link in case you were interested...
He is to the World Rally circuit what Jeff Gordon is to NASCAR... (here comes the sad part) or was before he was discovered he had [Astrocytoma(?)] and stopped racing. I hear he's doing well - but the name of your character caught my attention. Perhaps the WWDN crew can wish him well?
I've played GTA3 but not VC, so I don't know if Richard Burns was there or not. Anyrate - great job Wil. I'll listen for you this weekend!
That's really cool. I was going to buy this game, then when I got to the store it didn't come out for two days still! That'll teach me to pay attention. Picked up something else, but now I may just have to reach way down deep into the old wallet for Uncle Willy.
Hey Wil, congrats on your voicework! I'm going to have to wait until GTA: SA comes out on the PC to play the game, (if it isn't already out... I'm a little slow), but I look forward to hearing ya!
I am so not a geek or a gamer, I don't have a clue how really cool GTA is. I do know how cool a great voice over gig is. I do know that I'm happy when good things happen to good people. I do know that I am happy/sad/pissed/smug..... (pick appropriate emotion) when I tune in to your life every few days. That having been said, you didn't CRACK? Even with your wife, your brother, God man are you made of trilithiam idiotto! (OK that was a crappy ST illusion). I apologize, however, you got a fantastic gig & you didn't share that with your near & dear. Not for nuthin' but, that's the kind of stuff that makes geeks ... well ... less than layed! Anne, once again gets the prize for the most understanding, non geek chick in Gods green acre, ... who get's you & digs it! It would seem ... YOU 'DA MAN!
I am an ubernerd (albeit a cheap one) and ran out to rent GTA: SA as soon as it came out. Flipping through the manual, I gave an embarassing squeal to find your name as Richard Burns! Ah, yes, THAT is what the GTA series was lacking!
We got the game at noon on Tuesday, being big GTA fans. The first thing I did was read through all the credits of voice actors and I was thrilled to see your name! I listened to the station until I heard you (and I started just after the news so I had to listen to it all). Great work Wil!
re: someone commented on them only crediting him w/ being a caller- I've actually caught lots of little mistakes like that in the game (watching my bf play mostly) dialogue that doesn't match up with the subtitles, etc. I think they were just really rushing at the end, and not everything got out perfectly. With such an anticipated game, you can't really push back the release date if anything goes wrong at the end, you just hae to cope and fix it and hope all the other little details go together as best you can. I have a friend who works for another gaming company at at the end things are often just right down to the wire and super crazy with everyone putting in overtime. Someone probably just used an old (or, which was most current then) sheet that had wil penciled in as a caller- just as someone probably put in earlier versions of what the characters were going to say in the little subtitle stuff at the bottom. Then at the end they didn't have enough time to double check.
Awesome Wil. I was already planning to get the game, just because I love the series. This is the icing on the cake. I've heard that GTA: SA revenues are expected to be on par with major movie revenues. Who knows, maybe you can be one of the stars of this new, exploding medium.
Saw your name in the GTA book and had to check if it was really you. Guess this confirms it... Rock on!
That's really cool. Unfortunately, GTA San Andreas doesn't live up to all the hype. Everyone thought it would be soo amazing, and they messed with the original formula that worked so well and now its just a poorly made RPG. They shouldn't have tried to make it so real, they should've just kept the old style. Not worth the money.
You rock, Will! I hadn't checked the site in a week or so, and when I was playing the game I could have sworn it was you!
One question though, I don't see your name in the manual, though they listed your brother twice! Am I just missing it?
That's kick-ass, Will. Even though the GTA aren't my cup of tea, personally - I'm more of a FPS guy (HALO 2 is right around the corner, baaaaaaybeeee) - I'm in awe that you're in one, bro - maybe I'll loan it from a friend to check it out.
Oh, yeah - go vote!
Awesome Wil! I want this game so bad
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GTA:SA is the best game i have ever played. If u dont have this game u need to be running out the door right now to get it. I havn't turned away from it since i got it. I'm really trying to slow down though. I dont want to beat it to fast. ;-)
how funny are your parts! Richard Burns is my second favourite character behind Maurice (from Gardening with Maurice, not Maurice Chaves)
Richard Burns, WCTR news. Back to you Lianne!
I have one question... when you did the "Riot" report in the game, did they actually have you get drunk before doing the scene, or did they have you do an impersonation of a drunk?
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