Gilbert Gottfried voicing lead in GTAV?

Controversial comedic and avian voice specialist said to be cast in primary role for Rockstar's next Grand Theft Auto; totally bogus.

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Source: Gaming blog The Noble Eskimo.

What we heard: It's been nearly three years since Grand Theft Auto IV became an international sensation, and with Rockstar offering not even the slightest hint on what the next installment entails, anticipation is rapidly reaching a fever pitch. It comes as no surprise, then, that the rumor mill has begun churning, beginning earlier this month with word that the game may be set in Los Angeles.

In all fairness, Gilbert Gottfried probably wouldn't be a bad choice for a GTA game.

Yesterday, a doozie of a detail appeared to emerge, when low-profile gaming blog The Noble Eskimo reported that Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin, Problem Child) had been cast to lend his notoriously grating voice to the lead role for Grand Theft Auto V. The source of the information, according to the site, was Gottfried himself, who purportedly updated his Twitter feed with the news.

"Just found out I'm voicing the lead in grand theft auto 5! also I hate japan lol," the tweet reportedly read. The Noble Eskimo claimed to have spotted the tweet before it was deleted.

The information appeared to have an air of truth to it. If there's a common link between Rockstar Games and Gottfried, it's a shared irreverent streak. Gottfried himself is coming off a round of negative press, after comments he made on his Twitter feed resulted in him losing his job as the voice of insurance-company Aflec's iconic duck.

Further, Gottfried has a background doing voice work for games. Most notably, he voiced Iago (of Aladdin fame) in Square Enix and Disney's crossover role-playing franchise Kingdom Hearts.

The official story: The problem here, of course, is that the entire thing was a joke. "I didn't realize this story would make such a splash," The Noble Eskimo told GameSpot. "Everything I write is fake and for kicks, including the Gottfried article."

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus.

Discussion

172 comments
kevidinho112
kevidinho112

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danielcanas7
danielcanas7

Why do they always chage the cities' names: Los Angeles becomes Los Santos, New York is Liberty City? It bothers me. Don't you think it's annoying?

Inuzan
Inuzan

I don't care if it is bogus or not. I don't pay much attention to the retarded lead character anyways. I wish we had a system like The Sims, where we could create our own character. Either that or a system like the 2D gta games had where we could choose a character from a list Rockstar made.

McDog3
McDog3

V V V SPOILER ALERT V V V

Derr90
Derr90

@TevoxZI They post articles even if rumors are bogus to tell people that the rumor is bogus. Its that simple. You have to realize this is journalism, and IMO the journalists want you to read their WHOLE article that they painstakingly worked on. Hence the whole misleading headline. Its like your saying John Steinbeck should have called his book "George Kills Lennie" instead of "of Mice and Men".

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

Why the hell do you bother post an article if it's bogus? It's like saying: PS4 COMING IN 2015. *gets all the people to read it* "Bogus or not bogus? Bogus." Forgive me, but I seriously don't get it. I mean, I'd understand if there were rumours saying he's the voicelead and this was to confirm he's not by saying "Gilbert Gottfried is not the voicelead" as the , rather than make people read it to get to know that. No, I'm not lazy, this is just an idiotic way to get the people to read your news.

008Zulu
008Zulu

I dunno, Gottfried stringing together a series of explitatives as main character is gunning down the enemy, would be hilarious.

Stec13
Stec13

Thank god this is a joke his voice is like nails on a chalkboard YUCK!

oneligas
oneligas

why not Charlie Sheen for the next GTA Lead character actor voice over roll

msudude211
msudude211

I got real scared before I saw this was bogus. :P

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

As Charlie Sheen would say... "Gilbert, you're a troll!"

megakick
megakick

meh least Gilbert got some press. what has he been doing :/

TheTrainer1980
TheTrainer1980

This can't be good... he was only good as the duck and the parrot in Aladdin.

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

@blackace I Loled to, but I do feel a little guilty about it :/

blackace
blackace

This is what he tweeted. Gottfried tweeted: "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now." lol!! That's funny, but definitely in bad taste. Joan Rivers was defending him, which is kind of funny, as she's just as tasteless at times. She said this is what comics do and the jokes are to make people laugh and forget about the devastation in Japan. This a right place and a wrong place for that though. I could never see Gilbert Gottfried as a voice in GTA. He could be a sniffling weasel in the game maybe, but that's about it. Never a main character,

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Gottfried is a tool and does not deserve to be in game news. His voice is annoying and his jokes don't bring the funny.

szewei85
szewei85

i still think GTA 3 VC SA has the strongest cast line up ever in video games...the 4th one i dont know any of the casts at all...i hope the 5th one will bring back all the A-list stars like the previous 3 games b4 the not so good GTA 4 haha

bandit7319
bandit7319

Good thing this is fake... this would've been a deal breaker before the game even came out for me. He's got the most annoying voice in the world. Props to Gamespot though lol "The official story: The problem here, of course, is that the entire thing was a joke" hahahaha

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I've never heard of this guy but he seems like a cock

mamelon2012
mamelon2012

He has a Gottfried article, and a twitter account... and he managed to lose his job as an Aflac duck. And this makes him suitable as a voice over in a GTA game how?

pH347m3
pH347m3

Here's to hoping his character gets shot early on in a gang gunfight or something.

Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

I can only hope that this is the biggest joke since the rumor of 50 Cent doing the voice of Epona in Twilight Princess

Hazzerz
Hazzerz

Heh, would have been interesting.

NobleEskimo
NobleEskimo

@vasgko2 I bought nothing! My exceptional wit and charisma got the publicity for me.

Solamon
Solamon

I love Gilbert Gottfried! :-D Was anyone really fooled into thinking he'd be tapped to play the lead?

eastwoodmaniac
eastwoodmaniac

So some person I've never heard of is NOT going to be in a game that's not out for ages yet anyway. Now THAT'S what I call news. Amazing...

iTs-Sneak
iTs-Sneak

Wow, if he were to actually voice the lead character for GTAV... I definitely wouldn't buy it.

firehawk998
firehawk998

I want charile sheen to voice the main character"s drunken, womanizing uncle :) and kids remember the drug charlie sheen is on is called Charlie sheen.

vasgko2
vasgko2

"The Noble Eskimo" bought himself great publicity. great. one more turd in the big pile of internet

erix43
erix43

I, for one, love this guy and his old show on USA Network "Up All Night" with ole Gilbert. Go Gilbert! I love ya man, if it's true.. I also miss "Up All Night With Rhonda," yowza! Good times...Good times. I hope it's true, for his sake...somehow.

SnakeEatinBeans
SnakeEatinBeans

I would love to hear Charlie Sheen rant in one of the commercials in the game or even as a studio guest. I'm tellin' ya a mission wouldn't begin until after Charlie's segment is over.

rbereczki
rbereczki

It's obviously fake. Nobody in their right mind would make him voice a lead character. He's alright in supporting roles though, but one can only take so much of his voice.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

How could anyone take this seriously? The "I hate japan" part was clearly meant to give it away, as comments he made about Japan recently led to his being fired as the Aflac Duck.

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

Haha, actually wouldn't mind him being one of the story's antagonists. I would get enjoyment after the dispatching of a character with such a pestering voice. However... Bogus.

Nicobarese
Nicobarese

@CobraKai83 Charlie Sheen for every voice in every video game from now on.

CobraKai83
CobraKai83

charlie sheen for the brucie role in gta5

Pete5506
Pete5506

Glad to hear that this is Bogus

the_requiem
the_requiem

@mglas72: I think there is scope. Many complained how GTAIV was better looking but stripped down version of GT:SA. So, they can do a GTA:SA type game with GTAIV graphics. In fact I won't be surprised if R* uses the facial animation tech being used in LA NOIRE to add new gameplay features to GTAV.

milan4554
milan4554

thumbs up for Kevin Butler lol :)

FOBlO
FOBlO

cant stand his voice. i hope he has only 1 line.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

he was pretty funny in the roasts in comedy central i respect his comedy