The Last of Us Voice Actors Turn Ending Into a Musical

The Last of Us Voice Actors Turn Ending Into a Musical

The Last of Us had several possible endings before Naughty Dog narrowed it down - but only one of those endings featured Joel breaking out into song.

Voice acting is hard work, especially on a game as character-driven as Naughty Dog's The Last of Us. The game's emotional climax was particularly tough to capture, and after several takes the cast and crew were understandably drained. So how do you raise morale after a long day of performing? If you're Neil Druckmann, creative director and mad genius, you spin the game's dark finale into a sudden, improvised musical. Obviously, since this is the end of the game, the video is riddled with spoilers.

Troy Baker and Merle Dandridge, who played Joel and Marlene respectively, are both talented singers - though the dreary script of The Last of Us doesn't really call for Broadway performances, despite Ellie's requests. Before the final take of the game's climactic scene, however, Druckmann took Dandridge aside and secretly instructed her to belt out her lines in song. Meanwhile, Baker was told nothing but "keep going, no matter what."

What's impressive is that the voice actors didn't even blink as they delivered their lines to an impromptu tune, transforming a sober scene into an inspired, borderline-uplifting act. They played the scene, straight faces all around, through to the end. This, ladies and gentlemen, is why voice acting is more than just talking into a microphone - this is talent.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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That was both really fucking lame, and really fucking awesome :D

Man, voice actors really need more recognition.

This is the best thing I've seen all day. This is glorious. The look on Baker's face when Dandridge starts singing is friggin' perfect.

Was any one else let down in the actual ending just because Joel didn't sing for Ellie? I remember her saying she was gonna make him do if they ever got out of this and he mentions that he'll teach her guitar when they finish. I was kinda hoping for something during the credits.

Also is "voice actor" really appropriate for a game like this? Yes they provide a voice but also motion capture and other games completely changed characters based around actors performances (Vaas). Its like calling Andy Serkis JUST a voice actor despite the fact he clearly does so much more.

This video was awesome! The look of "What the fuck is going on???" on Baker's face... Priceless! Pure gold! And then he rolled with it! This was some amazing stuff. Simply amazing.

This just makes me love the business even more. Hats off to Baker and Danbridge, seriously. :)

In the end... Ellie did hear Joel sing. :')

the documentry on its developement is quite interesting if you want to see more.

Can we get a Broadway version of the whole game as dlc?

I just realized where I'd heard Marlene's voice before. Once I heard the name Merle Dandridge... she played Alyx in Half Life 2. Holy crap.

This seriously should of been the ending for beating the game on the hardest difficulty ala Halo's Legendary endings.

I loved the expressions of them both. Completely straight faced, delivering lines in tune. The fact that Baker at first was confused but then joins in is hilarious.

if the multiplayer is still around for next april fools, would be hilarious if all voices are redone as a musical. The Interrogation mode would be hilarious.

The icing on the cake was when Baker decided to provide his own musical accompaniment.

I was half-hoping Ellie would break out in a chorus of "badum-bum-bum." This is some seriously respectable improvising.

Mad props to Troy Baker for playing along without question. What a truly amazing job these people do for our entertainment.

Soviet Heavy:
I just realized where I'd heard Marlene's voice before. Once I heard the name Merle Dandridge... she played Alyx in Half Life 2. Holy crap.

Ha, me too! I saw her name in the credits after the game I was like "No way!"

Not entirely sure why it's so exciting to see voice actors in other roles, that's kinda what they do after all. But I didn't even recognise her voice in game so I guess it was a shock :P

xD This is pretty good. People should have more fun like this when making games. Maybe even put it into the game as bonus content.

Casual Shinji:
In the end... Ellie did hear Joel sing. :')

:/ Except she was unconscious in that part of the game. >.< Just her luck.

Oh well, :) we all got to hear it at least.

Proverbial Jon:
Mad props to Troy Baker for playing along without question. What a truly amazing job these people do for our entertainment.

Soviet Heavy:
I just realized where I'd heard Marlene's voice before. Once I heard the name Merle Dandridge... she played Alyx in Half Life 2. Holy crap.

Ha, me too! I saw her name in the credits after the game I was like "No way!"

Not entirely sure why it's so exciting to see voice actors in other roles, that's kinda what they do after all. But I didn't even recognise her voice in game so I guess it was a shock :P

It's even more surprising with Merle Dandrige as she's done almost no voice acting at all outside those games.

Troy Baker seems to be the main male actor in every gig which Nolan North doesn't do. (and he's elsewhere in Last of Us)

Oh my goodness, that line,
"You're brain is worth more alive!"

I was cracking up through the whole thing but I almost fell out of my chair when he said that.

I don't know how any of those actors managed to keep a straight face. That was awesome and hilarious and I want to see more.

Damn, that was really hilarious! I absolutely love it when people show off this kind of stuff, kinda like what they do for the Uncharted games. Also, very impressed by how well they both sung. How funny that I just finished watching Les Miserables last night too. Definitely put a smile on my face!

I'm crying right now cuz I'm laughing so hard, great improvisation from everyone. I'm gonna go to sleep now

Kalezian:
This seriously should of been the ending for beating the game on the hardest difficulty ala Halo's Legendary endings.

No man, it should've been an optional joke ending like the UFO/Dog ending in the Silent Hill games.

Great video! Nice to see people having a good time at work.

Soviet Heavy:
I just realized where I'd heard Marlene's voice before. Once I heard the name Merle Dandridge... she played Alyx in Half Life 2. Holy crap.

Yeah, that took me by surprise when I first saw the credits.

Somehow I didn't pick it up while playing. I guess because her character in TLoU is nothing like the generally upbeat Alyx.

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OT: I love how nobody even blinked when Ms Dandridge started belting out the notes. Also, mad improv skills from Mr Baker there.

My crush on Troy Baker has just grown immensely. That was fantastic. It made me giggle the whole way through.

These actors are not given enough credit for what they do. They supply so much more than voice, they're the whole package.

That was the greatest thing ever...

 

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