Part 7: Voice Actor Spotlight: Antony Del Rio (Pit/Dark Pit)
Antony is a relative newcomer to video game voice-acting, but you wouldn't be able to tell from the quality of his work. He's most recently played a younger version of Kratos during flashback scenes in God of War: Ascension, but his biggest role outside of Kid Icarus is probably still Big Boss's young Costa Rican guide Chico Libre in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. He'll be reprising the role in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
Five Fun Facts about Antony:
- He started acting at age 13
- He got his first big break in voice acting doing a cartoon show (The Super Hero Squad Show) alongside Tara Strong and Steve Blum
- Nintendo gave him a free copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising, but didn't give him a 3DS to play it on; he had to kidnap a friend's 3DS to play it
- He's memorized Pit's song from the beginning of Chapter 13
- He's currently playing a recurring character on ABC Family sitcom Bunheads
Written interview with Nintendo Life
NL: How aware were you of the NES title, or how much did you know of the 3DS game, before voice recording started?
ADR: I didn't know anything of the NES title or even of Pit for that matter until Super Smash Brothers Brawl. As far as the 3DS game goes, I didn't even know I was recording for Kid Icarus: Uprising until the first day we started. Everyone is very secretive and careful with the information they let out to the public, even to their actors.
NL: What were your thoughts on the script when you first saw it?
ADR: I never saw the script before hand. I would get the parts of the script I'd be working on that day just a few minutes before we started, and I was given some time to look it over briefly. Then I would have to just trust the director to steer me in the right direction as far as what my intentions were in each scene.
NL: Did you record your parts on your own, or were you in the studio at the same time as voice-actors on other parts?
ADR: For half of the game I recorded alongside Ali Hillis who voiced Lady Palutena. Then our schedules made it hard for us to be in the studio at the same time so we started to record everything separate. She was the only one I recorded with during this process though, everyone else I either had to listen to a recording or the director would read their lines for me.
NL: Were there any particular highlights throughout the whole recording process for the game? We found the script between yourself and Ali Hillis (Palutena) quite entertaining!
ADR: Thank you! Ali is amazing, I learned so much from her. I think a lot of the highlights for me are what happened behind the scenes. The team was so amazing to work with, and there was so much material that could have made the gag reel if there was one. As far as in the game goes, I really enjoyed singing Pit's song.
Uprising Video Interview (super-low framerate warning!):
Chapter 15, "Mysterious Invaders" Playthrough with Antony Del Rio commentary: