Del Toro used his daughter’s wiles to talk Valve into lending him Ellen McClain’s voice.
You may have heard Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming science fiction epic Pacific Rim features robots versus giant monsters in a battle to save humanity, but there’s a fun fact you may not be aware of. One of the robot’s AI programs has a very familiar voice, as del Toro has persuaded Valve to lend him GlaDOS for just a short while.
The reveal came during a New York Comic Con interview. “I’m a big fan of Valve,” del Toro said, adding “Portal and Left 4 Dead have been instrumental family experiences at my house.” When Del Toro made the call to Gabe Newell, del Toro used his daughter’s influence to seal the deal. “Like a complete geek,” according to Del Toro, she – he didn’t specify which of his two children it was – let her love for Valve shine through, and helped clinch it. “My family was instrumental,” del Toro beamed.
The video interview can be found here. Colossi-versus-Kaiju fest Pacific Rim – featuring Ron Perlman and Idris Elba among others – has a July 2013 release date.