In keeping with the subject of auditions….sort of….we thought we’d remind the old-timers of a cool audio file, and for the newbies…here’s the story:
William Morris is one of the biggest agencies in the US and they do lots of business in ‘voice-overs’ for commercials. They also archive samples of actors’ voices on their website. Hundreds of people, men and women, well-known and not, have audio clips there. Years ago, Russell recorded a sample for them. This sample was never used for an ad, it’s just….a sample. We have the file archived on TRC as well, but you might find it interesting to listen to the others that are there, like Quentin Taratino, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman, Robert Redford, and lots of others.
Before you ask, Russell does do voice-overs for projects he believes in or is interested in, and he did do a couple of ads when he was just starting out, but otherwise, as far as I know, he has never endorsed commercial products just to make a buck, either with his image or his voice.
In any case, this is cool to listen to. When you click on this link, your browser should play the clip without you doing anything else. If it doesn’t, you can right click and save, or right-click and play with your preferred player.