It was a victorious day for us and Mad Max fans the world over when Avalanche CEO Christofer Sundberg Tweeted
that the fans had been heard and their forthcoming Mad Max game would feature an Aussie accent for the titular character.
You would think such a win would be all we need to sleep well at night, and you'd be right, because that's what we thought too, until yesterday when Australian director Jamie Blanks (Urban Legend) exclusively contacted us alongside Mel Gibson's FREAKING BROTHER Donal Gibson, with an expressed interest in putting Donal forward as the man who takes up the Max voicing mantle for the game.
Honestly, I had to do a double-take on the email alone, but there it was, and in tow they also had a voice demo backed onto a decidedly post-apocalyptic audio track. It gave me chills. This is as close (literally and figuratively) as we could get to Mel reprising his role but film and family proximity aside, Donal's tone and delivery are just... Max
. It can't be said any clearer than that.
Casting Donal would make a lot of sense for Avalanche beyond the obvious. For one, he's actually a professional voice-actor having voiced characters in the Justice League cartoon series (among much more), he is also a screenwriter and has appeared as an actor in numerous films and TV shows over the years. It's also not out of the norm for siblings of big-name actors to take on characters they've played, in smaller form -- Tom Hanks' brother almost exclusively voices characters for the small screen his brother has played on the big screen (such as Woody from Toy Story).
It's important to point out, however, that Donal is in no way officially attached to the project, yet, and Avalanche hasn't been open about any casting for the role since declaring that fans would get their Aussie-sounding Mad Max, but we simply couldn't let this lay dormant. Hopefully if we (and you) build enough of a supportive groundswell, Avalanche will be willing to entertain the idea of keeping Max in the Gibson family, or more importantly, in the hands of someone who has a very clear and passionate respect and reverence for the iconic Australian character.
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