The change of the voice actress of Bayonetta 3 is becoming more and more of a mud fight. After former spokeswoman Hellena Taylor spoke of underpayment, opposing voices are now appearing.
Bayonetta 3 is in full swing with Jennifer Hale replacing voice actress Hellena Taylor. In an emotional series of videos, Taylor justified the move by saying she was offered less than $4,000 for the voice role in the third installment of the game and was therefore unwilling to reprise the role. Taylor had even called for a boycott of the game.
Her successor Jennifer Hale has now also spoken out, albeit quite moderately, since she is under NDA. She advocated fair pay for voice actors, but reminded that a boycott would harm Platinum Games’ hard-working employees. Executive Director Hideki Kimaya hinted quite bluntly that Taylor is lying.
Reports from Bloomberg and VGC now suggest that Kimaya may be right. Their unnamed sources claim that the developer wanted to hire Taylor for “at least five” four-hour sessions, with each session costing $3,000 to $4,000. Bloomberg claims that Taylor’s negotiating partners were instead seeking a six-figure sum and a bonus payment, with VGC again only talking about a bonus payment.
For her part, Taylor, in private messages shared by VGC, insisted that claims she was offered more than $4,000 for the role were “categorically untrue,” calling the $15,000 sum rumored by sources “a absolute lie and a complete joke”. Taylor is also pretty fed up and would like to put the “whole damn series” behind him. You told the truth.
What is really true, we may never know. The bickering is unsightly, however.
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