Colleen Clinkenbeard, Brandon Potter, and Matthew Mercer from One Piece Movie: Crimson

One Piece Movie: Crimson is the most recent movie within the long-running One Piece franchise, due for English dubbed launch on the 4th of November.

The story of Movie: Crimson focuses on Uta, the long-estranged childhood good friend of Luffy and the adoptive daughter of Shanks. Uta has turn out to be a world-famous idol, and the straw hats arrive at her live performance alongside her 1000’s of followers as Gordon, her teacher, and father determine in Shanks’ absence, watches from the perimeters.

We spoke with Luffy, Shanks, and Regulation’s voice actors, the very proficient Colleen Clinkenbeard, Brandon Potter, and Matthew Mercer, concerning the manufacturing, their performances, and their components within the story of One Piece Movie: Crimson.

Interview with Colleen Clinkenbeard (Luffy), Brandon Potter (Shanks), and Matthew Mercer (Regulation)


The primary query for everybody, right here. Nearly how have your voice kinds type of modified through the years engaged on One Piece? And what particular type of diversifications do you usually make for feature-length movies like this?

That is query. I am going to begin on the smaller scale. Not a lot the standard or timbre have had changes to Regulation’s voice, extra that I’ve now had extra rising alternatives to point out totally different sides of him. And in lots of instances, the extra emotionally pissed off and loudly sad with different characters’ facet of him, you realize, began very cool and picked up he is unraveled as time goes on, simply within the proximity of the Straw Hats. In order that’s undoubtedly his journey.

It is a lengthy journey, this present may be very, very lengthy. So you realize, asking this explicit query with this explicit present, we have been at it for years and years and years, Colleen’s executed what, like 1000 episodes, 16 years? My voice performing has modified, I’m unsure that this present modified it however by nature of being a human who grows and adjustments, yeah, it’s a bit of bit totally different now. In all probability the primary factor is that, personally, I’m just a bit bit extra relaxed once I go right into a sales space simply because I’ve been in additional of them now. So I simply really feel extra comfy than I did once I began all these years in the past. And with this character particularly, even with this film, with One Piece movie: Crimson, particularly, you get to know extra concerning the character, and also you get extra humanity revealed about them. So they are not just a few towering pirate legend, you realize, there is a human being there that has like an actual previous and in actual connections with individuals and has made choices which have actual penalties. So simply by nature of being within the sales space, and, you realize, listening to the Japanese and getting so as to add my very own voice, you’ll be able to’t assist however have a extra rounded notion of the character and a extra rounded voice for it. So I believe, simply by advantage of this factor, being so lengthy, and so expansive, and so full, there’s just a bit bit extra humanity to it and a bit of bit extra ease, I’d say.

Clearly, Luffy’s voice has modified, and my voice has modified each pretty considerably, some purposefully and a few circumstantially, it has been 16 years. So he began off so much increased, nonetheless gruff, however so much increased. After which, as he is aged, we have tried so as to add in some decrease resonance to him. And I really feel just like the gravel has additionally eased a bit of bit, I used to be attempting so laborious to make it possible for it was very gruff and the place they wished it to be initially. And I’ve sort of eased into it. And so it is much less piercing, I believe, in numerous the battle scenes. However then additionally simply, I’ve aged, so my voice is decrease naturally, and may’t take the abuse that it may once I was younger, I used to have the ability to do that for six hours a day. And now I can do two hours a day if it is heavy-duty yelling, and I believe it makes it extra three-dimensional that we’re rising collectively. So I am glad that that is occurring naturally and in a means that’s natural to the present as a result of it will be dangerous if he was staying the identical and I used to be not.


Yeah, that is simply the factor with such a long-running present what is going on to occur and simply off the again of that, particularly on this film, but additionally in the remainder of One Piece, particularly for you, Colleen. How do you make a few of these noises with Luffy? I am pondering extra particularly, the seasick noises or when he is rolling round within the bubble. How does that come out generally?

I imply, numerous it’s listening to the Japanese voice actor and attempting to tug in cuz she’s so humorous and particular, and I need to attempt to do a homage to her numerous the time, so I am going to gear it after that a number of the time, however anytime Luffy goes underwater as a result of we get loads of these and so they’re all the time hilarious. It is me going *makes a drowning noise along with her finger in her mouth*. That’s it. There’s no underwater filter.


I find it irresistible. Now for Matthew, about Regulation. Seeing Regulation hear Uta’s music and seeming so disinterested and unmusical and unfazed by it, irritated by Bepo’s presence and love for it, do you suppose by the top of the film, he has some place in his coronary heart for music and particularly Uta’s music and the way it adjustments individuals all through the run of the film?

I believe, undoubtedly so although he’s a personality who has constructed his complete life and persona on not exhibiting different individuals how he feels, that is how he stays alive. That is how he stays forward of the sport. , which is why I believe he’s so pissed off generally with Luffy is as a result of it is a character that consistently forces him to point out his hand at occasions, he is like, “What are you doing?!”. Yeah, what I really like about Regulation is that there’s a very deep effectively of humanity and emotion to him and his fixed battle to maintain it at bay for the aim of the issues he desires to attain. And regardless of himself, he can not help however constantly encompass himself with individuals he cares about, individuals that might logically be a weak point, you realize, to the issues he desires to do, to the issues he feels he has to do as a result of these are all liabilities. These are individuals which might be potential issues that can be utilized towards him, and I believe his journey by the collection and the stillness, that’s a part of his sort of delicate arc over time, is you get that sort of laborious coronary heart melting a bit and the way fastidiously you’ll be able to attempt to not present it an excessive amount of regardless of all the kids that constantly appear to encompass him.


Fast follow-up to that on the kids’s half, once they’re fleeing from Uta, do you suppose Regulation appears like a babysitter to Luffy and Bartolomeo?

Matt’s been saying that each one day!

Oh yeah, the whole vitality is the chaperone that did not select to be there, however everybody else wasn’t accessible, and so I assume he has to do it, you realize, it is that begrudging dad or mum. I do that as a result of I really like you, youngsters, you realize, that sort of vitality, and it is an excellent comedic foil for all the joy and vitality that everybody else has surrounding regardless of the story, and I believe you want that each for the comedic beat and for individuals and lots of mother and father on the market who’re like “Yep, that was me final week.”.


Subsequent one I’ve for Brandon, was really from good friend of mine, who’s a large fan of the collection and, particularly, shanks. Already being Uta’s father and Luffy’s function mannequin, and type of a father determine inside the One Piece universe additionally, type of a legendary determine, how in your voice performing methods, and having executed the function for fairly some time, how do you stability the type of aura Shanks offers off at being a stunning father determine, however on the similar time, the deadliest and strongest factor within the One Piece universe?

, it is fascinating to make use of the phrase stability as a result of generally it is not a stability; really, it is extra like a lightweight change. So when you’re doing the loving Father factor, simply do this, don’t be concerned about being a terrifying badass who can be a loving father, simply be a loving father. After which when it is time to be that type of imposing determine, go forward and do this, don’t be concerned about being the tender loving father whilst you’re about to do some homicide, like that simply does not make any sense. With each of these mild switches, it is actually vital to have simply individuals that you just belief which you could bounce concepts off of, and the administrators for One Piece have all the time been actually good, you realize, like Mike McFarlane or Anthony, they’re all terrific, they know the characters, they love the present all of that. So anytime I’ve one thing that I am like, “Ooh, possibly this really is that sort of excessive wire factor.”, doing it, letting them hearken to it, after which listening to what they must say about it, you realize, are we attempting this once more? Or does that strike the proper chord? Am I on the proper change? Am I strolling the tightrope? Am I doing the factor or not, you realize, so it turns into about, you realize, making a transparent selection? After which when the selection is not clear, leaning on the director and your pals, you realize, in order that they can assist information you.

Yeah, the collaboration is so vital. I do not suppose sufficient dialog occurs round that, we’re pleased to be performers there, however we do not know the whole tapestry of the story that is being informed right here. The administrators must maintain that in thoughts the whole time and sort of stability between every of us to create the ultimate product the place it sounds even after which full of life and actual. And we’re very fortunate that we have now such proficient and passionate administrators on these tasks as a result of we have now to depend on them in numerous instances, particularly me, who’s far faraway from a lot of the forged within the manufacturing right here like I undoubtedly must lean on them, and so they’re great.

We’re the colours they’re portray with.


Only a fast follow-up to that one. Brandon, particularly concerning the singing half, the lullaby to Uta, did you get pleasure from that? Did you must practice for that? Did you must do a lot for that? Or was it simply enjoyable?

I spent my complete profession coaching for that one second! It is humorous as a result of I keep in mind that actually, actually clearly. When generally inspiration strikes, Lewis, generally it does, and once I was watching it, and I used to be listening to the Japanese, and it was, like, pretty and humorous, you realize, sort of all on the similar time I used to be watching, I used to be like, I do know what to do. , such as you breathe in, and it instantly is in your head. , generally you must depend on methods. Generally you bought to, you realize, depend on the administrators, however generally you simply sort of know what to do. And in that one little scene, I used to be like, I do know what to do right here, and I knew I might executed proper when Anthony could not reply as a result of he was laughing so laborious. And I used to be like, okay, that is good.

I believe we did that effectively. We did the good things right here. Excellent. All proper, shifting on.


Laughter is all the time telltale signal. Okay, one final query for Colleen concerning the story. Do you suppose Uta instantly leaving Luffy at such a younger age had an influence on his persona? Or do you suppose Luffy is so headstrong that he was gonna go the way in which he did it doesn’t matter what?

That is query as a result of I wish to say that Luffy lives totally within the second and is not caught up in his previous or his future. It is one in every of my favorite issues about him. However does that apply to the childhood as a toddler? And I do not know that I do know the reply to that. However she’s not the one expertise he has with that sort of factor. I imply, he had brothers who did the identical factor, he had Shanks who did the identical factor. So he has numerous characters who’re sort of transitory in his life. And he, I believe, on this world has simply turn out to be accepting of the truth that that’s the means that real-life relationships work on this world of pirates. You have got individuals in your life to show you and to coach you and to offer you’re keen on and experiences, and enjoyable, and you’ve got to have the ability to allow them to go as a result of they’re their very own individuals and so they’re gonna stay their very own lives, after which be ecstatic once they come again, and also you get to see them once more like he’s with Uta and Shanks. It is implausible that they are again. That is nice. However he does not appear tremendous caught up in the concept that they’ve to remain collectively now. When he sees her once more, he appears prepared to let her go stay her life once more and to go stay his personal. So I really feel like that is simply turn out to be a side of his persona that he is able to coping with, which is means more healthy than the remainder of us stay our lives.


Last Ideas

Listening to instantly from the actors actually helps us to grasp the method of creating a personality for the display screen. What did you consider this interview? Are you excited to see One Piece Movie: Crimson in theatres? Tell us within the feedback!

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