“He got so little wrong”: Red Dead Redemption 2 Writer Deliberately Avoided Arthur Morgan Voice-Actor to Preserve His Own Illusion

This is how the writer for this iconic Rockstar game was able to maintain his own 'illusion' about the main character.

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  • Red Dead Redemption 2, a game that came out back in 2018 features one of the best voice-acting performances.
  • The writer for the game revealed how he kept stray of the voice actor in order to save his own illusion of the main character.
  • He also appreciated the efforts put in by the voice-actor, delivering a voice performance never seen before in the studio.
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There is ultimately a lot of effort invested in making a video game, often including a few sacrifices to maintain a high standard of gameplay for the player to experience. A similar incident was revealed by the writer for Rockstar Game’s Red Dead Redemption 2, who mentioned how he avoided the game’s protagonist’s voice actor in order to preserve his own impression.

Official artwork of Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2
Main Cover for Red Dead Redemption 2

Dan Houser, who also happens to be the co-founder of the renowned studio, played a huge role in the success of the title which came out back in 2018. Apart from stating how the game’s final script was over 2,000 pages long, Houser revealed how he avoided Arthur Morgan’s voice actor so he does not end up spoiling his own experience of the game.

How Red Dead Redemption 2’s Writer Was Able To Retain His Initial Impression Of Arthur Morgan

A still of Arthur Morgan in-game
A still of Arthur Morgan in-game

One of the most prominent methods used to bring video game characters to life is by hiring real-life voice actors, who would then re-enact the dialogues and give the title a touch of reality.


However, as stated in an interview via GQ Magazine, Dan Houser, the writer for Red Dead Redemption 2 mentions how he avoided Roger Clark, which allowed him to preserve his own perspective of the main character he had built up until now. Further into the interview, he also appreciated the dedication Calrk put into the game, mentioning the following.

I grew up with my mother as an actress and she was always obsessed with accents, but the dude says 20,000 or 30,000 lines of dialogue in the game and there is not one where he drops it. He got so little wrong. What he gives to it is fantastic. It’s not really like people have seen in our games before.

The writer disclosed how Clark was able to take up such a big challenge and execute it flawlessly, appreciating the efforts put in by the voice actor. He further mentions how the performance was impressive enough that it turned out to be their finest work, as gamers had not witnessed this standard of voice acting in Rockstar’s games before.


What Should Rockstar Games Keep In Mind While Making Red Dead Redemption 3

Cover for red Dead Online
Cover for red Dead Online

Red Dead Redemption remains one of the studio’s most successful and renowned franchises, and many are awaiting a third installment in the series. However, there is one particular feature that was so underwhelming in the last release, that fans demand for it to be worked upon perfectly this time around.

Multiplayer remains a huge part of a lot of games made by Rockstar, including the massively successful GTA Online made available to the players. Unfortunately, RDR’s online remains ignored by the studio for the most part, witnessing a lack of updates and the addition of content, infuriating the fans. Ironically the game was also able to win the Labour of Love award presented by Steam Game Award 2023, which is a title dedicated to the studio that consistently tries to keep the game up-to-date and engaging for the players.


Red Dead Redemption 2 is available to purchase on Steam.

Aaditya Chugh

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Aaditya Chugh is a Gaming Content Writer at FandomWire. With a passion for everything gaming, he's the one you turn to for the latest insights and reviews straight from the industry. Whether he's diving into timeless classics like the first ever Doom or staying up-to-date with the newest releases like Helldivers 2 and Stellar Blade, he provides whatever you might need to stay in the loop.