With the release of Rockstar Games‘ Grand Theft Auto 5 getting closer, some interesting news was announced today by the game’s producer, Lazlow Jones. The gangs spread throughout the game will voiced by actual gang members, even one specifically who went into the voice studio a day after being released from prison.
Lazlow said that the goal was to go for the most authentic experience when crafting the game, so it made sense with the story dealing with rival gangs throughout. There were even sometimes where the gang members told them that the line given for them to read was not authentic to what a gang member would really say in that situation, and it would be changed as a result. Lazlow continued on to say:
There’s black gangs, there’s Latino gangs, and we recruited a guy who gets gang members, like actual gang members, real gang members. I mean, El Salvadorian gang dudes with amazing tattoos and one of which literally had gotten out of prison the day before. And we brought these guys in to record the gang characters because you know, you don’t want a goofy LA actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member. There’s nothing worse than that.
Regardless of this news, there will still be celebrities providing voices in the release, but Lazlow did not give any in this interview. Grand Theft Auto 5 will be available for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on September 17.