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INTERVIEW: Michael Antonakos Stars as Alexios in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey

Born in Athens, Greece and raised in Lake Louise, Alberta, actor Michael Antonakos is the voice of Alexios in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey, the latest game in the blockbuster series released last month. From theater, to film and television, to voice acting and motion capture– Michael has done it all! His voice can also be heard in Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, Dead Rising 4, Mass Effect Andromeda and many more. Read about his journey into acting below.

Hi Micheal, thank you for doing this interview with Defective Geeks! Tell us about Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey and your character, Alexios. What is it like being the voice of a video game franchise that so many people love?

You’re very welcome! Thank you for chatting with me.

Well, it’s a hell of a game to say the least. It all takes place in Ancient Greece around 431BCE, the beginning of Western Civilization, and the height of the Peloponnesian war between Athens and Sparta. You (the player) get choose to be a male (Alexios) or female (Kasandra), a mercenary (Ancient Greek: misthios) who can fight for both sides, while on a quest to unite their family and uncover a malign cult called the Order of The Ancients.

It was pretty cool to be a part of this incredible franchise. It comes with a lot of weight to it, but I’ve been very honored to be a part of such a massive game.

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Kevin Conroy, The Batman is Coming to Comikaze Expo

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Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is right around the corner — as in, it’s this weekend (ahh!) and we are once again, really looking forward to it. This year, the holy grail is finally arriving at the convention. His name is Kevin Conroy and we’re going to stalk the heck out of the guy (apologies in advance?). If you have ever read this blog or listened to our podcast, you are aware of mine and Gizzy B’s love for Batman: The Animated Series. No other actor has played Batman longer than Kevin Conroy and although Batman’s face changes in animation, the voice will always be the same for me. To this day, I get really excited when I hear his voice playing Batman in either a new animated movie or the video games.

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Ep. 154 Jasmin and Wesley

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Wesley Marshall and Jasmin Turner Evans joins us for our first guest podcast in 2014! Wesley and Jasmin are both voice actors in the making and they are currently taking classes to pursue a career in voice acting in animation. They talk about the VA community today and what it takes to step into the industry. Also, silly voices included.

Voice Acting in Anime and Video Games – Comikaze Expo Panel

I truly admire voice actors for what they do. It’s a hard job and it is often underappreciated in entertainment. To do it well requires a greater range well beyond good theatrical acting since one is limited only to the voice and with so many restrictions on it and many “normal” actors can get quickly overwhelmed by the process.

Voice actor panels at conventions are chances -more rare for some more than others –  to have a frank conversation going between the actors and their fans. It is a cool opportunity to hear actors of all sorts speak about their experiences and personal thoughts but I find it even more intriguing when it involves actors that most fans know more by how they sound like than how they look like.

 

Some familiar faces….. 

The voice actor panel at Comikaze was a great way to start that Sunday morning.  It is not often that one can get   Stephanie Sheh (Orihime Inoue), Wendee Lee (Faye Valentine),  Spike Spencer (Shinj  Ikari), Christopher Smith (Tenchi Masaki),and  J. Patrick Lawlor (Bean Bandit) in the same room.

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San Diego Comic Com 2009 – Report Part 3

On Saturday, I attended a Nickelodeon panel for The Penguins of Madagascar because one of my favorite voice actors of ALL TIME would be there, Jeff Bennett. The cast did an episode read out loud which is always great to see for someone who appreciates voice acting like I do. My inner child burst into happy sparkles at the chance of witnessing Mr. Bennett do his voice acting magic.

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After the panel, I quickly went up to the table to say a few words to Mr. Bennett; but when my turn came, I promptly bursts into tears.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen… flirting with celebs is easy as pie for me, but when it comes to the people who worked on my favorite cartoons growing up, I turn into a giant, weeping mess! It was quite embarrassing and I’m pretty sure Mr. Bennett was really turned off by it… oh well, it’s not the first time I’ve done this. I cried at the POSSIBILITY of meeting Tom Ruegger (creator of Animaniacs… and it never happened- which could be a good thing since I can’t seem to keep my composure around these people!). I didn’t quite cry as hard when I met Rob Paulsen, but just got extremely teary eyed.

Jeff Bennett was truly a favorite of mine growing up though, and I followed his work for many, many years. I admired him and even had a little voice “crush”! I wished I had conveyed to him what meeting him really meant to me, how for many years my cousin and I didn’t speak of anything else but hoping to meet the man behind our favorite voices on television! Instead, I just managed to make him feel really uncomfortable. I totally suck!

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Needless to say, I was emotionally charged and weepy for the rest of the day after that. I know… I’m a big loser. Ha!

Although, I have to mention that the people of Nickelodeon were so sweet to me. Especially one guy who was very, very nice to me at the end of the panel and gave me some goodies to try and console my crying. Whoever you are, I’m sorry I didn’t get your name but I am so grateful! Thank you!

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