did you get the role of Depth Charge in Beast Wars?
was asked to come in and audition for
it. We spent quite a
long time ‘layering the character’ As
the producer described the different emotions and
back story of Depthcharge we
continued to add parts of his personality. It was a lot like baking a
Transformers flavored cake! We just had to mix the right ingredients
together until we were
you aware of Transformers before taking on the role?
Not a rabid fan, but I definitely knew I was getting involved in something
did you come up with Depth Charge's distinctive voice?
started by having him sound like a younger Clint Eastwood then added a bit
more of a chip on his shoulder plus some understated aggressiveness and
there he was!
you associate any aspect of Depth Charge's personality with yourself?
a completely different Manta Ray than me. I’m a more gentle guy.
People just think I’m
a bad boy.
you describe a day working on 'Beast Wars Transformers'? How was it
interacting with all your fellow voice actors? What did you think about the
show; did it excite/interest you?
dedication to quality was a big part of the fun… hearing all the other
talent ‘live’ nearby and being directed by one of the best voice
directors in the business – Sue Blu – always made it a pleasure to come
to work. I think Beast Wars has
some of the best voice acting and directing of any show I’ve ever been
did you feel about Depth Charge overall? He
is an intense character. What
was he like to play?
Depthcharge was a full body experience. His intense sound was produced
with a bit more physical tension than I’m used to so sometimes it was
quite a workout – especially when he was fighting. He had some great
punchlines too. Great fun!
Beast Wars gone on for a 4th season (barring the Nemesis two-parter never
happened), do you think Depth Charge's character would have gradually become
more of a team player with the other Maximals, or do you think his
personality would have stayed the same?
might have had moments where he helped out, but for the most part he was a
loner, probably only about 55% good so that kept him unpredictable.
the writers of Beast Wars did a pre-Beast Wars series focused on the back
stories of the characters (such as Depth Charge's life on Omicron), would
you reprise the role?
And if so, how would you play his character differently (until the tragedy
of Omicron, that is)?
– I’m always happy to work – bring it on! I think he’d
be basically the same but without the major chip on his shoulder.
Nemesis Part 2, do you believe Depth Charge had gone insane in his man-hunt
for Rampage (Protoform X) or was still as sane(ish)
was all he thought about… I mainly focused on his need to hunt down
Rampage when voicing that episode.
Charge met his end when Rampage let go of the energon blade the manta-ray
bot was holding over his spark. The
resulting explosion killed them both and to this days fans wonder, 'Why did
Rampage let go?' Perhaps
this is a question better posed to the writers, but we would like to hear
your thoughts on the epic struggle between these two characters.
were destined to die together.
Poetic justice. Or maybe
the toy wasn’t selling well. J
you been asked to do any Transformers related work in the foreseeable
future, and if you were to be asked, would you be enthusiastic about the
worked on two other Transformers projects… I played “Brawl” in the
first Transformers movie game, and did a spec motion comic where I played
Megatron. I’d definitely be
interested in more!
of the members threw in a quirky question for you: Who would win in a
shootout, John Wayne or Depth Charge?
doubt Depth Charge would let anyone whoop him!
finally, are you aware of the massive fan following that still exists today
specifically for Beast Wars? Have
you seen any of the fan art or read any fan fiction?
happily amazed that people are still interested in Beast Wars after all
these years. Sometimes people send me art and I’ve run into fan
fiction featuring Depth Charge from time to time. I attached some
Depth Charge fan art that was sent to me by Matthew Wilson back in 2005.
you very much for your time. Your
fans at Beast Wars International are delighted to have had this opportunity
and would like to express our thanks to you for helping to create such a
well-loved character, who continues to inspire us to this day. We
wish you all the best for the future.