‘Detective Pikachu’ Team Tested Danny DeVito’s Voice by Using His ‘It’s Always Sunny’ Character

IndieWire | 3/19/2019 | Staff
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In 2012 when the movie “Detective Pikachu” was first announced, 51,144 people from around the world signed an online petition to convince the team behind the film to hire Danny DeVito as the voice of the eponymous Pokémon. At the time, the petition seemed like a joke, but visual effects producer Greg Baxter has confirmed to Nerdist the petition somewhat worked. The “Detective Pikachu” creative team took audio of DeVito from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and tested it as Pikachu’s voice before Ryan Reynolds was cast in the role.

“We really tried a range of actors,” Baxter said. “Different pitches, different sounds of voice…big, small, everywhere in between. And really, once you put a voice to an animated character, something just amazing happens, not what you expect. But once Ryan Reynolds went in, it was kind of game over. That was amazing.”

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Reynolds was one of many names the “Pikachu” team brainstormed to cast as the Pokémon character. Each actor in the running was tested by putting audio from one of his films or television projects into a scene as the voice of Pikachu. For DeVito, the audio came from “It’s Always Sunny” and his character Frank Reynolds. The...
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