You may not know the name Garrick Versio yet. If you have seen the trailers for the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II, than you likely remember him for the unforgettable line “The Emperor is dead.” These four words are what fans of Star Wars have been waiting to hear for years. They are the sparks that ignite the entire story campaign for the upcoming game.
In Star Wars: Battlefront II, sure there will be many hours to be spent in multiplayer online mode, but personally I am looking forward to the prospect of playing an unknown chapter in Star Wars history. What happened right after the death of the Emperor in Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi? Star Wars: Battlefront II’s campaign will tell the story of Iden Versio (Janina Gavankar), a soldier in the Galactic Empire, but her father, is Admiral Garrick Versio. It is this man, played by actor Anthony Skordi, who convinced me I needed to give this sequel my attention.
I was recently lucky enough to be able to speak with Anthony Skordi. On a chilly and rainy afternoon, I sat in my car and called the Admiral himself. I love my job.
ElectricBento (EB): “Thank you so much talking with me this morning. I see you have been doing voice acting in video games for some time now, you got started with God of War III?
Anthony Skordi: “Oh I don’t remember to be honest. If we are talking specifically games, yeah, but I was doing voiceover work on commercials before that.”
EB: “I see before that even, you were doing television and movie roles, and you still do. How did you transition into video game voice work?”
Anthony: “A friend of mine, Lew Temple, another actor, referred me to his agency. In the UK, we really don’t consider a person to be a commercial actor, a film actor, or a stage actor, you’re an actor.“
EB: “Do you have a preference though? Do you prefer voicework or tradition acting?”
Anthony: “In voice acting you will usually find yourself in a booth without anyone else. It’s the same for audio plays, I also narrate the John Sinclair audio plays. In doing Star Wars: Battlefront II it was a different ballgame, I had already worked on another game, Sleeping Dogs, where I had done some motion capture before, but working with Tom (Keegan), the director, and Janina, we had the production crew, a rehearsal date, we would go in and shoot and work on the script. So it was completely different.”
“I want to say it was a cross between theatre and film. We had Mitch Dyer, the writer, Mark Thompson, the campaign game director, everyone was really open to new ideas and working with Janina was just a dream. It was just a different process working on Star Wars: Battlefront II, Tom Keegan, the director, who I can’t sing his praises enough, made sure we were all connected before we even started working every day.”
EB: “Do you have a favorite role from your work in games?
Anthony: “I would have to say Admiral Versio. *laughs* No, I mean it sincerely.”
EB: Are you a fan of Star Wars?
Anthony: “I am a lot bigger fan now, than I was at the beginning of the process of making Star Wars: Battlefront II. I wasn’t really a big fan of the movies, but then again I was a layman. But now I can tell you some of my favorite movies in the series, and I have to say that, playing an Empire character, I have a newfound love of The Empire Strikes Back. And of course I loved watching, The Force Awakens, and seeing what John Boyega and Daisy Ridley bring to the franchise. I enjoyed Rogue One with Mads Mikkelsen, one of my favorite actors. I am now excited not only for the next movie but the whole trilogy.”
EB: Well I am glad you were able to join the fandom after being a part of it.
Anthony: “Yeah, absolutely. It was so interesting bringing this character,, Admiral Versio to life, to give him this humanity. It’s not that I don’t want to play an evil, or what would be deemed a villain character, it’s not that I need to justify that to myself, if it still comes across as a rotten person, than to me as an actor, I justified my actions in that role. I still have to like the character.”
EB: That’s very important, You have to play the part. I think just because a character is a villain, doesn’t mean fans won’t love them, look at Darth Vader.
Anthony: Funny enough, when I was a young kid, I suffered from asthma. A doctor sent me to a gym, and the nearest gym, back in those days was owned by a guy named Dave Prowse. I was like, looking at this guy, knowing about Star Wars and in awe, and just me and him in this gym. Now it feels like it’s gone full circle. Thats my fandom story.” *laughs*
“But with the Empire you have remember, we don’t think of ourselves as the bad guys, we follow the rules and are the law. They are called the rebels aren’t they? They are rebelling. Rebels aren’t always correct. I say that as Garrick Versio.” *laughs* “I’m not a bad guy. Teenage kids rebel, but the parents are usually right.”
EB: Was it intimidating joining such a huge fandom? Knowing all these fans are going to know you now?
Anthony: “No, Janina (Gavankar) carries the whole thing, I can wear my glasses and walk down the street and no one will care.”
EB: I think that will change after Star Wars: Battlefront II hits. Thank you so much again for talking with me today. It was a pleasure.
Anthony: “Thank you Chris, and thanks for the opportunity as well.”
EB: I can’t wait for this weekend to play Star Wars: Battlefront II.
Anthony: “I honestly can’t wait either, my FIFA 18 disc is going to be all like “What are you taking me out for?””
There you have it folks, Anthony Skordi, Admiral Garrick Versio himself, giving his football game the boot for Star Wars: Battlefront II. I expect many games will lose that spot around the world this weekend as we all find out what happens after “The Emperor is dead.”
Star Wars: Battlefront II will be released Wednesday November 15th with the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition, and Friday November 17th for the standard edition. Check back here at Electricbento.com soon for our full review!