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Netflix's 'The Witcher' Star Took Inspiration From The Games For Geralt Voice

Netflix's 'The Witcher' Star Took Inspiration From The Games For Geralt Voice

When most of us think of The Witcher, no doubt we think of the gravelly tones of Doug Cockle. The American actor provided the voice of Geralt in all three CD Projekt games, and it's fair to say that he managed to embody the role of the monster hunter with every withering retort and gruff reply.

Cockle did such a fantastic job as Geralt, in fact, that I think a lot of us struggled with the news that Superman star Henry Cavill would be playing the character in the impending live-action adaptation from Netflix. That's not to say Cavill is a bad actor, or wasn't up to the task. It's just that Cockle was so note-perfect as everyone's favourite Witcher, it became hard to imagine anyone else in the role.

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After watching the first two trailers for The Witcher however, any concerns I had about Cavill were immediately put to bed. Not only does he look the part, he sounds great, too. While Cavill won't be playing the role with an American accent, he recently revealed that he did actually look to Cockle's iconic performance for inspiration.

In an interview with IGN, Cavill said that he had initially planned to play the role of Geralt with something closer to his natural British accent. The Netflix show is based on books and not the games, after all, and he felt playing it that way would fit better with the language of those original novels.

However, after considering that a lot of the material from those first couple of books were being condensed into an eight-episode series, Cavill decided he needed to find a way to express Geralt's character more efficiently. That's where Cockle's performance and Cavill's well-documented love of the games came into play.

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"When I heard Doug Cockle's incredible performance in The Witcher 3 - which I've heard time after time because I've played the games a lot - I realised that I could utilise something like that, and create [Geralt's] stony exterior," Cavill explained.

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I'd argue that this was the right move for Cavill and the show. Even the harshest critics of Cavill's casting seemed to be won over by the last trailer, with more than a few people praising the way the actor had decided to play Geralt. We just love that stony exterior, don't we?

It's worth noting that Geralt in the games and Geralt in the books, while similar in some respects, are actually quite different from one another. As such, I'm honestly more interested to see where Cavill's performance differs from Cockle's. Even so, it'll undoubtedly be a struggle to not constantly compare Cockle and Cavill as I watch The Witcher when it hits Netflix on December 20th. Speaking of which, look out for our coverage of the show on said day, as we've been watching it already, and we have opinions.

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Still, I remain excited to dive into a fresh take on such an epic fantasy adventure. One that's already been renewed for a second season and could even run for many, many more years. Clearly Cavill is doing something right then, no?

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: henry cavill, The Witcher, Netflix, CD Projekt Red

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.