Borderlands 3 Adds Ice-T As The Voice Of An AI Trapped Inside A Teddy Bear

Ice-T voices a very unique character in the PS4, Xbox One, and PC game.

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Key Points:

  • Borderlands 3 adds a celebrity voice actor with Ice-T.
  • The Law & Order actor plays the character BALEX, who is an AI trapped inside the body of a teddy bear.
  • Ice-T first teased a role in Borderlands 3 back in March.
  • The Borderlands 3 release date is September 13 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

As rumored, the actor, rapper, and heavy metal band co-founder Ice-T is voicing a character in Borderlands 3. Ice-T plays the character BALEX, an AI who is trapped inside of a teddy bear.

It's all very strange, which is in keeping with the over-the-top and humorous themes of Borderlands 3. Check out the video above to see the section of Ice-T in Borderlands 3.

Ice-T is a longtime fan of the Borderlands franchise. Back in March, he himself started an internet rumor that he would voice a character in Borderlands 3. The game's official Twitter account posted a joking reply, so it just a matter of time before this all became official as it now has.

It's not immediately clear how prominent a character BALEX is to Borderlands 3's story. GameSpot played a demo recently that introduced BALEX and saw players helping him take down his ex-wife, another AI.

One of the Borderlands franchise's most recognizable characters, Claptrap, is now voiced by Jim Foronda (Dragon Ball Z Kai) after the original actor, David Eddings, left Gearbox amid a bitter dispute with his former employer.

Ice-T has been in the Law & Order: SVU cast in a recurring role since 2000. He also co-founded the heavy metal band Body Count.

He frequently tweets about his passion for gaming. He plays Destiny 2 on rainy days; he explores the world of Far Cry 5 while waiting in his SVU dressing room; and he believes the console wars are stupid. At E3 2011, Ice-T appeared alongside Cliff Bleszinski to hype Gears of War 3 and premiere a new song titled, you guessed it--"The Gears of War."

Borderlands 3 launches on September 13 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The PC edition is exclusive to the Epic Games Store until April 2020.

For lots more on Borderlands 3, check out GameSpot's brand-new preview, "Why You Might Want To Play Borderlands 3 More Than Once."

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"...an AI trapped inside the body of a teddy bear..." -- When I first read that part on my RSS feed, the very first thing that came to my mind was the excellent series Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio. You'd know EXACTLY what I mean if you've seen it.

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This feels like an homage to his role in Tank Girl.

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@gatsbythepig: hahaha OMFG I literally watched that two nights ago, so true.

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This feels like an homage to the Ice-T dog that Key and Peele did.

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So they can afford ice T but not afford to pay the original claptrap voice actor

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@dacontag & @dragoonmike:

Well, not necessarily. He IS a gamer and a big fan of the franchise AND he apparently even asked for a part. So he could be doing it for free or even just a small "tip" (get it).

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@dacontag: people do stupid things for famous people

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cue the SVU theme song

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@shadowwarrior4: in the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In NY City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit.

These are their stories...

*Pong pong*

"Ba-dum tee too doo doo doooooo*

*Bowowowowwwwrrrrrrrrrr*