Read our exclusive on Bryan Cox’s audition experience for the highly anticipated Steven Spielberg movie, “The Transformers”.
Like all VO guys I get up in the morning and check the email as I have that first cup of coffee. I noticed an email from an agent in Atlanta. She told me that she had been working on getting this certain client for 6 months and had even sent him a watch as a special gift.
Anything to grease the wheels of Hollywood I guess.
Where was she going with this? The email ended with the words more to follow but get ready to jump on this. A few days passed, then the email, she want me to audition for 3 parts for, get this Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay. This was for an movie that the two were working on set for release in 2007. It was called The Transformers. I thought to myself, ‘Wow Steven and Michael… this has got to be a mistake and what the heck is a transformer… is this a movie about an electrical device?’
It wasn’t a mistake.
They sent me a script with 3 parts Ratchet, Iron Hide and Jazz. There was a short description and picture of each character but nothing about how they should sound. The instructions went on to say that they wanted to hear 2 different voices for each part. I was beside myself with excitement.I got on the phone with the agent and asked if this was true. She assured me that it was. Now with this info I got back on the phone calling all my friends and family telling them what had happened.
I sat down in front of the mic and started in on this amazing project. Every syllable, in every voice had to be perfect. It took me about 4 hours to come up with 6 distinct voices. I was done and sent them in for the powers that be to sit and listen. Now the waiting game. I got an email saying 60 plus voices were in the running. My heart sank, but then another email saying I made the short list. They are down to 15 guys.
I’m resolved to the fact, even if I don’t get any of the parts, it’s just nice to know that my little talent has been heard and sits on the shelf of Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.
So I sit and wait… oh is that the phone? I gotta go.
P.S. Bryan was cast! View the Transformers voice cast here.