Gabriel Sloyer Talks Voicing ‘Red Dead Redemption II,’ Rockstar and Representation

Variety | 12/24/2018 | Liz Lanier
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While actor Gabriel Sloyer has an impressive filmography, with roles in hit Netflix Original Series “Narcos” and “Orange is the New Black,” and more, perhaps his most demanding role to date is that of Javier Escuella of the Van der Linde Gang in the wildly successful “Red Dead Redemption II,” released in October.

With performances in film, TV, musical theatre, and even audiobooks, Sloyer is clearly in-demand. But, as he shared in a recent interview with Variety, he and his girlfriend both take the time to play “Red Dead Redemption II.”

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Sloyer joked about the surreal experience of hearing his own agitated voice coming from another room in his home, only to find that his partner was having much more fun pestering Javier then working to complete the in-game objective.

Sloyer talks about that anecdote in good humor, but it relates to another point the actor makes about Rockstar and the way it created a game which players can enjoy in whatever way they choose.

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“Weirdly, in some ways, Rockstar is God,” Sloyer said. “In that, they’ve created a living, breathing landscape. It exists independently from the player. So when you’re in it, you’ve got choices within choices, options within options, maybe even more options than you have in our quote-unquote real lives.”

Those choices, of course, have consequences meant to reel in the player and align their moral compass to the play experience they wish to have. Ethically questionable choices might make a more difficult experience as a player becomes “Wanted” and a bounty is placed on their head. They can even close off options that would have been open to a player had they made the more socially conscious in-game choice, as nonplayable characters will act differently toward the player depending on their perceived morality.


“So what [Rockstar has] done is given you...
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