Why Seth Green & Martin Sheen Are In Mass Effect


The Mass Effect series has a lot of notable voice actors, including Martin Sheen and Seth Green. Here’s how the two got into their roles.

Every game in the Mass Effect series is huge. It’s not out of the question for a playthrough of the entire series to take well over 100 hours. Players are immersed in a complex interstellar society, with hundreds of people to talk to and thousands of fully voiced lines of dialogue. All the carefully crafted writing would be for naught if the voice acting fell flat, which is likely why BioWare got recognizable voices and names to bring its cast of characters to life.

Many alien voices in Mass Effect have particular audio mixing to complete the illusion, but there is still a fair number of recognizable voices throughout the series. Star Trek: The Next Generation stars Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn lend their voices to a game each, and Carrie-Ann Moss, best known for portraying Trinity in The Matrix, has plenty of lines in Mass Effect 2 and 3. There are plenty of other film and television stars scattered throughout Mass Effect‘s Milky Way, but arguably the most recognizable – and most prevalent – are Martin Sheen and Seth Green.

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Seth Green appears throughout the trilogy as Joker, the highly-skilled pilot of Mass Effect‘s Normandy ships. Green is probably best known for his appearances as Scott Evil in the Austin Powers movies, and as one of the masterminds behind Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and the voice of Chris Griffin on Family Guy. Martin Sheen first enters the Mass Effect universe in the second game as the Illusive Man, leader of Cerberus. Acclaimed films such as Apocalypse Now and The Departed, as well as celebrated political drama series The West Wing, appear in Sheen’s long list of credentials.

How Seth Green Became Joker in Mass Effect

Seth Green and his character from Mass Effect, Joker

By the time Mass Effect came out in 2007, Seth Green had already been doing voice acting work for Family Guy and Robot Chicken. In a 2007 interview with MTV, Green says as a working voice actor (and with plenty of notoriety thanks to Austin Powers) he was frequently approached for new opportunities, though he is picky about his projects. Mass Effect was the first video game role offered to Green that he was interested in.

The MTV interview took place roughly a month before Mass Effect even released. The game was highly anticipated, with its dialogue system being a particular talking point. Green was enthusiastic about his work on the game and seems to think very highly of his character Joker. He compares the work to what he does on Robot Chicken, saying the way dialogue cues and scene background were given was similar, and that it felt like he was part of the creation of a Choose Your Own Adventure novel.

How Martin Sheen Became The Illusive Man in Mass Effect

There seem to be few details on how Martin Sheen was recruited to lend his voice to Mass Effect 2‘s mysterious Illusive Man, but an interview from Kotaku with the game’s director Casey Hudson mentions that Sheen was very enthusiastic about the project. By this time, Sheen had done plenty of voiceover work, and reportedly became quite invested in his portrayal of the Illusive Man, finding it shocking that players would make the choice to defy his powerful character.

Seth Green and Martin Sheen are big names to have attached to a video game, although casting Hollywood actors is becoming more prevalent in the games industry. They both lend their voices to incredibly important characters throughout the Mass Effect trilogy, and the series simply wouldn’t be the same without their contributions.

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Sources: KotakuMTV

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