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.
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.