Jonny Cruz Panel at Game On Expo 2018

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    While attending Game On Expo over the weekend, I was able to attend a panel where Jonny Cruz talked about his life and how he came to be the voice actor for the character of Lucio off the first person shooter game, Overwatch by Blizzard. He was slightly interviewed by a Twitch Streamer called 505gamergirl and then questions were opened up for the audience to ask. This blog is a rundown of the highlights that happened during the panel.

    505: How close is Lucio's personality compared to your own?

    JC: We're both good party boys, so he is basically me

    505: How did you take the success of Overwatch and your character Lucio?

    JC: I never expected the success of Overwatch and was very excited when I found out I became a part of that.

    505: What were the hardest voice lines for you to do and how long did it take you to get them the way that you and Blizzard wanted?

    JC: The Portuguese voice lines were the hardest but Blizzard got him a coach to practice the lines. It took him a few months to get the pronunciations down and then when recording he was coached as he did several recordings until it was what Blizzard wanted.

    505: Which of Lucio's vocal lines are your favorite?

    JC: "Can't Stop, Won't Stop!"

    505: If you could create your own lines for Lucio, what would you like them to be?

    JC: I would like more singing or musical lines for Lucio, like beatboxing.

    Audience: What advice would you give to people who want to act/voice act?

    JC: Just try. Don't worry about the outcome of it all. Have fun and try. Your attitude toward it is everything!

    Audience: What dreams did you have to become an actor?

    JC: I wanted to work with Robert Rodriguez. I found there was a casting call for the lead role in Matador and tried out for it. JC was told they would call him back but something happened and he wasn't called. JC got in contact with them about the role and they had him come in again for the role of the brother of the main character. JC got the part for the brother and got to live his dream of being able to work with Robert Rodriguez.

    Audience: What is Lucio's drink of choice?

    JC: High-end tequila

    Audience: With all the fans you meet, what was your most awkward experience?

    JC: At a con in Florida, there was a girl standing in line waiting to meet him for an autograph. She was wearing a corset and while he was signing she ended up fainting in line. He went over to her and made sure she was going to be okay. As she came to, she saw that it was him and he smiled at her and commented: "Time to heal up!"

    The panel was fun and Jonny was a blast. I look forward to seeing more Overwatch Voice Actors in the future. Until next time, Ugeek On!

     

     

    Also, a bonus! Fun YouTube video of Jonny Cruz with a few Overwatch characters at Blizzcon!

     

     

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