Troy Baker says he didn't turn down voicing Rhys in Borderlands 3

According to Baker, he didn't play Rhys for a very different reason than what Gearbox's Randy Pitchford stated.

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As you may well be aware by now, Troy Baker was absent from Borderlands 3's voice cast. Previously, he had offered up his voice as Rhys Strongfork in the Tales from the Borderlands series.

Previously, Gearbox chief Randy Pitchford stated on Twitter that Baker had turned the job down, as relayed to him by the game's audio director. When asked by a fan why Baker didn't get to return as Rhys, Pitchford stated the following:

"You’ll have to ask Troy. I was told by the audio director that he turned it down. Fortunately, with how Rhys appears in the game, I don’t think it actually matters at all. You’ll see for yourself when the game comes out and you may disagree with me on that or not."

In an interview with VG247, Baker stated his side of the story.

"So they came to me, and they were like, 'Do you want to do this?' " said Baker.

"Which I said, 'Absolutely.' And then they made it impossible for me to do the role. It had nothing to do with money, it had nothing to do with money. They just simply would not go about doing it the way that we needed it to be done. So then it was like, I never said no."

When VG247 asked him to clarify, Baker said this:

"No, it was simply a matter of they wouldn't go union. And I can't do a non-union gig. And without getting too deep into the weeds of that, we had long conversations about this. We always knew going into it, that this was going to be the thing. They were going to take these characters, and put them from the Tales from the Borderlands series from Telltale, into Borderlands proper. I've been waiting for this call. They were like, 'Do you want to do this?' And I said, 'Yes.' They never, because they would never move from that position. I'm not mad. It's invariably a completely different character, but it still stings."

Instead, voice actor Ray Chase was tapped to play Rhys, who also voices Noctis in Final Fantasy XV. Gearbox has yet to comment on the matter.

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    September 30, 2019 1:25 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Troy Baker says he didn't turn down voicing Rhys in Borderlands 3

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      September 30, 2019 2:02 PM

      Confused: isn't Ashly Burch a SAG-AFRA member as well?

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        September 30, 2019 2:06 PM

        She is (hence why she couldn't do Chloe in the LiS mini-thing due to the strike). But its also hard seeing anyone else do Tiny Tina.

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          September 30, 2019 2:58 PM

          What I'm getting at is why couldn't Troy Baker take a role in Borderlands 3 because of SAG-AFTRA requirements, while Ashly Burch, who is also a SAG-AFTRA member, could. I take it there's some kind of difference?

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            September 30, 2019 3:00 PM

            No, I agree. There's something odd here , at Gearbox. None of these articles have yet to point out the Ashly thing, which is odd, its one of the first things i recalled after reading from Baker. I know that because Anthony Burch is her brother who works and writes for Gearbox is how she got in that role for BL2, but that doesn't explain ignoring Gearbox's union stance.

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            September 30, 2019 3:01 PM

            Apparently Ray Chase who is the guy that did the VO is pro union and has striked so there has to be more to this.

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            September 30, 2019 3:36 PM

            I think this is a case of the "media" not really following up very thoroughly and "reporting" shit too quickly. I'm guessing there was one source for this story that didn't really do a great job and then every other outlet reported on THAT story, and now we have the narrative that Troy Baker wouldn't sign on with Gearbox because they're anti-union or something.

            From what I can gather I think the story is as simple as: Gearbox hires both non-union AND union workers, and the fact that they hired any non-union actors at all would breach some specific rules of Troy Baker's specific union.

            Story is a whole bunch of nothing.

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          October 1, 2019 4:44 AM

          Wait, life is strange, before the storm you mean?

          I haven't fired it up yet. Did they change the voice?

          If so I'll just delete it. I recall them changing Cate Archer voice in nolf 2 and in still refuse to play the game

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            October 1, 2019 5:15 AM

            Yes a different actor plays Chloe in before the storm. Also Santa isn't real

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      October 1, 2019 6:28 AM

      New statement from Gearbox in this https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/10/01/troy-baker-isnt-in-borderlands-3-because-gearbox-wouldnt-go-union/

      Stating that because they are in TX they do not have to respect union membership to hire people. Would potentially explain how they have Ashley and Ray here, but I still think something is off on Gearbox's part.

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        October 1, 2019 7:06 AM

        Am I reading that Gearbox statement wrong or are they claiming that playing Rhys was the role that led to Baker's career taking off?

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          October 1, 2019 7:12 AM

          Nevermind, I forgot that GB did the BiA games.

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