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


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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Matt MacFarlane

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Posted July 01 2002 - 09:56 AM

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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#2 of 25 OFFLINE   Coressel

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Posted July 01 2002 - 10:07 AM

The voice-over artist who does most of them is Don LaFontaine.

#3 of 25 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted July 01 2002 - 10:21 AM

"In a world..."
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Posted July 01 2002 - 11:07 AM

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#5 of 25 OFFLINE   Damin J Toell

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Posted July 01 2002 - 11:18 AM

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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Posted July 01 2002 - 01:00 PM

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Posted July 01 2002 - 01:33 PM

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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. Posted Image
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#8 of 25 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted July 01 2002 - 01:49 PM

I actually like his voice, it's the moronic text they give him that drives me up the wall Posted Image

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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#9 of 25 OFFLINE   Mark C Sherman

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Posted July 02 2002 - 08:23 AM

Check out Pablo francisco and his TAKE on this guy. Hands down one of the funniest things you will hear.
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#10 of 25 OFFLINE   MikeM

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Posted July 02 2002 - 08:58 AM

Miguel Ferrer also does quite a few as well.

#11 of 25 OFFLINE   Alan Benson

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Posted July 02 2002 - 09:36 AM

"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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Posted July 02 2002 - 05:14 PM

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.

#13 of 25 OFFLINE   Kirk Tsai

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Posted July 02 2002 - 08:44 PM

Mark is absolutely correct, Pablo is hilarious when he turns to Mr. Trailer.

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Posted July 02 2002 - 11:30 PM

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#15 of 25 OFFLINE   Coressel

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Posted July 03 2002 - 01:32 AM

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Miguel Ferrer also does quite a few as well.


Wow, I didn't know that. What are some of the trailers he's on?

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Posted July 03 2002 - 01:44 AM

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#17 of 25 OFFLINE   Vince Maskeeper

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Posted July 03 2002 - 02:06 AM

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:
Claims he can do nearly 80 voiceover jobs in a day.
Has been doing voiceover work for over 40 years.
Has worked on more than 3500 films, television shows and other projects.
His is the voice you hear on the majority of the trailers/previews at movie theaters nationwide.
Has recorded as many as twenty-five Voice-over sessions in a single day, and over 100 seperate spots in a day.

He comes up every couple months around here:
http://www.hometheat....threadid=30522
http://www.hometheat....&threadid=6205

And here's an article about him:
http://www.fadeinmag...aye/feature.htm
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Posted July 03 2002 - 05:18 AM

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".

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Posted July 03 2002 - 05:26 AM

He's also the announcer, a.k.a. "Mr. Voice," for the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40. Posted Image
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Posted July 04 2002 - 01:18 AM

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! Posted Image 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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