Who is the narrator for all the theatrical trailers of movies?

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  1. Matt MacFarlane

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    Every time I see a movie in theaters for, the same person is the narrator for the previews. But I have no idea who it is. Does anyone know who he is?
     
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    The voice-over artist who does most of them is Don LaFontaine.
     
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    "In a world..."
     
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    It seems to me as if LaFontaine's output has declined over the last few years, but maybe not.
    It was a pleasure to hear Keith David do the v/o for John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars. He's been all over the place these days, doing work for UPS, AT&T, TBS, the U.S. Navy....
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    "Destroy it...." , Ok not this again [​IMG]
    I remember there was a doco on him a few years ago, he gets driven around in limo's and everything, and with a voice like that he may just be a hit with the laadies as well. [​IMG]
     
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    I actually like his voice, it's the moronic text they give him that drives me up the wall [​IMG]
    One thing that annoys me is that whoever does the Spanish voice-overs for the trailers distributed in Latin America has taken to somewhat mimicking his tone of voice, with poor results. Anyone with an R4 copy of Titan A.E. can probably see and hear the Spanish trailer there. It's like... "I know I'm 20 years younger and not quite as subtle, but I shall mimic your voice, Mr. American voice-over dude."
     
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    Check out Pablo francisco and his TAKE on this guy. Hands down one of the funniest things you will hear.
     
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    Miguel Ferrer also does quite a few as well.
     
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    "Kill them all!"

    [Edit: My apologies. That's not something the narrator says in every trailer. That's something the villian says in every trailer.]
     
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    Yeah, I remember a story on him a couple years ago. Rides from studio to studio in his limo and only spends 15 or so minutes at each place per day.

    I don't know who those other guys are, but that was a great impression done of him on Mad TV awhile back when the guy turns his first date into a movie trailer voice-over.
     
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    Mark is absolutely correct, Pablo is hilarious when he turns to Mr. Trailer.
     
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    Don LaFontaine also does the whimsical voice for the NBC comedy stuff. The guy actually has an interesting range of character to his voice.
    That "documentary" I think people mentioned was a episode of the TV series DATELINE, which did a feature on Don LaFontaine. He also did a spoof trailer for Dateline where he called Maria Shriver "Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger", just because he's so famous for saying Arnold's name in action trailers...
    He has some trivia listed on IMDB:
    He comes up every couple months around here:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...threadid=30522
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...&threadid=6205
    And here's an article about him:
    http://www.fadeinmag.com/kaye/feature.htm
     
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    I, like a lot of people though, can mimic Don's voice pretty well. But Pablo is phenomenal. I like when he does "Cholo Beach"(the Chicano version of Baywatch). "This week on Cholo Beach, Lupe gets caught in a drive-by."

    I can never get tired of Don's "Movie Trailer Voice".

    "In a world where every movie trailer begins with 'In a world....'"
     
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    He's also the announcer, a.k.a. "Mr. Voice," for the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40. [​IMG]
     
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    I enjoyed The Daily Show take on trailers a few weeks ago. One of the funniest parts was pointing out the use of an explosion to replace a curseword in a sentence.
    "Get those mother..." KABLOOM! [​IMG] So sadly true.
    I really think the trailer makers are just following each other's lead now. I think one person hear's him say "In a world", likes it, and then pictures him doing the same thing for their film.
    Sort of typecasting him for the trailer scripts he gets now. I would expect that if someone would write something different and try to trailer a film differently, he could do it (and would be less of a joke at this point).
    How nice it is to have Cate Blanchett doing the Two Towers trailer (for obvious reasons).
     

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