Duke Nukem Voice Actor Turned Down Job for Top GOP Presidential Candidate
[UPDATE] It might have been Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.
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[UPDATE] St. John has now clarified his original comments, saying he may have been referring to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. "I should have written 'a leading GOP candidate for president.'" he told The Verge. "It might have been Trump or Cruz. Either way, I would not have done it."
The original story is below.
Jon St. John, the voice actor behind Duke Nukem, says today that he turned down a job for the leading Republican presidential candidate on the basis of preserving his ability to sleep at night. Writing on Facebook, St. John said he doesn't like to turn down gigs, especially high-profile, well-paying ones, but he drew the line at endorsing an unnamed politician--believed to be the controversial Donald Trump.
"I don't like to turn down jobs...especially when it's a national ad campaign that pays pretty well. But I have a conscience and could not accept a gig to be the advertising voice of the Republican party's leading candidate for president," St. John explained (via Polygon), without naming any names.
As of January 12, Trump held a double-digit lead over the Republican field in a national CBS poll. It's all but certain that St. John was referring to the business magnate-turned-politician in his Facebook post.
"Thanks for the kind offer, but I will sleep just fine at night knowing I made a choice I can live with," he went on to say.
St. John added: "Meanwhile I'm happy to be recording a new video game today."
He didn't say what that game was. St. John started with the Duke Nukem series back in 1996 with Duke Nukem 3D; he most recently voiced the foul-mouthed action hero in 2011's Duke Nukem Forever. A "head-turning" new Duke Nukem game is currently in the early stages of production, though it's unclear if the game St. John referred to is this one or another project.
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