Kratos' gravel-guzzling voice is the work of Christopher Judge, who has played the role since 2018's God of War. The actor himself has a naturally deep vocal range, and hearing the Ghost of Sparta's intimidating growls is always a treat. However, while warming up to Kratos' voice, Judge went through some training, where some wires were clearly crossed.
He recounts an amusing story during the above interview with IGN. Asked about how he found the character's voice, Judge says "the voice found me", and tells a little-known story.
"I actually went and did vocal training for months before we actually started, but it was with a British accent," he recalls, saying there must've been a "miscommunication" somewhere. Attending these sessions a couple of times a week for several months, Judge went to the first shooting day armed with a very deep, but very British, take on Kratos.
"Our first day on set, we were doing our first take, and I see people whispering and talking. Then Cory [Barlog] walks over to me and says, '...Was that a British accent?' I said, apparently not a very good one, if you have to ask me!"
Kratos has always had an American accent, so it would've been a very extreme change to have him speaking a completely different way. Obviously it didn't get any further than day one of filming, but just imagine it for a second — it's pretty funny.
Sammy barker got a better chance at hooking up with taylor swift than Christopher judge having a British accent in god of war games 😀😄.haha.word up son
Lol reminds me how British Hogwarts legacy is. There cups of tea everywhere
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@Americansamurai1 Coffee is far more popular here these days, unless it's your nan or Les the bloke who's redoing your fascias and guttering.
A British kratos would have been spiffing old chap! Eating crumpets too regain health 🤣
@jrt87 I didn't know that. I thought tea was still very popular there, guess times change
I guess it depends where you are. Across the majority of the country I’m very confident that tea is still far more popular. Perhaps some areas of London, those with more European migration rather than South and East Asian anyway, might have coffee as more popular, but I’d have trouble thinking of anywhere else.
Unless you just mean amongst teens and people in their 20’s when not at home. Starbucks is obviously ubiquitous.
There's no such thing as a "British'' accent.
"Wound up" how very American.
When you say British, do you mean the typical London stereotype that Americans think all of the UK is, or a scouser, mancunian, londoner or leedser?
@jrt87 unless you work on the railway. Tea is our saint and savour.
@Americansamurai1 tea is still extremely popular here. It's only the yuppies and gen z daddy pays for all types who are obsessed with coffee. You can see them all outside the coffee shop Prat
I guess we have a British accent as much as they have an American accent. Admittedly our accents can be more densely packed, but I couldn’t think of two more varied accents than a Texan and someone from California perhaps.
There is no such thing as a British accent. I'm a South londoner (not chav, proper London accent), and this is one of 87 different dialects in this country. Every county or town you go to outside the M25 and the accent is different. We do not all speak like Mary Poppins. Last time I looked she didn't say 'ey up fam give me your phone you get me love' or somewhere along those lines.
@Americansamurai1 except nobody talks like that apart from the royal family ,I hate the main characters accent ,might have been ok ,if he could actually act ,absolutely dreadful
@thefourfoldroot1 no, I agree, there's no such thing as an American accent either. I'd love to hear a Brummie Kratos though.
"dow go finkin jus coz y'am quiet, I aye gutted". I can see it now.
Perhaps Judge should have played Frey and Balinska should have played Kratos and it all would have worked out, lol.
"Death can have me, when it earns me init"
"Do not be sorry, be better fam"
"You, Atreus, are not ready my g"
Ok I'm done.
Chavs make me cring, even in written form.
@Atreus97 Delete this lmao. I can literally hear Kratos saying that in my head and it's so cursed.
@nookie_egg eh Boy mek us a cup o tay
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@Bricktop33 Black Country. Differences are subtle. But I'm sure 99% of the users of this site wouldn't have a bloody clue what I've just written.
They just removed my chav impression lmao.
@nookie_egg Would love a peaky blinders style GOW game
I want to see someone use whatever accent that older guy used in Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm show. No one could understand him.
Crazy part is that he would have fit in here where I live. Some folks here in the Deep South US cannot be understood by human ears. I have to read their body language.
Even better, Kratos with an Afrikaner English accent.
Sharlto Copley should have played Kratos lol.
@Smiffy01 I'm in!
@OrtadragoonX haha yeah it's a common thing here (from as little as an hour or so down the road), some people speak like they're from middle earth or something. Have to gauge what is being communicated by repeating things S L O W L Y and often pointing.
Yam alright aww kid
American accents just seem wrong in fantasy settings. ESO is a classic case has a lot of good accents, such as Ayrenn & Emeric, but the American ones just jar - especially the "Tales of Tribute" shouty one.
Any accent from Britain is a British accent so yes there is such a thing. Classically trained actors, particularly ones cast as sands n sandals characters, tend to have the pronounced British accent aka the posh one. I'm assuming Teal'c went with that.
I could accept Kratos with a gruff northern accent. Maybe Jason Isaacs (loved him as Zhukov in Death of Stalin).
My favourite English accent for any role though is Sean Bean. Not Sheffield. Not South Yorkshire. Just...Sean Bean. Somebody please do a cut of God of War but with the audio of Sharpe calling everyone a b****rd ❤️
It's kind of funny there's any debate about an American vs British accent used for a GREEK god though....innit?
@sanderson72 They probably had good British voice actors, but then they all took arrows to the knee.
@Wolfie_Pie One does not simply cast Sean Bean....
They need to get Ray Winstone to play Kratos. Or Danny Dyer.
@JohntheRaptor No, it is not a British accent. It is whatever accent it is ie if in Liverpool its scouse or sucking in air after every sentence.
Just pictured Kratos saying "init" at the end of every sentence
@Bricktop33 I can already hear Kratos / Danny Dyer saying "gert aaatta ma pab" (which I apologise to any Londoners reading that).
I've lost my quasi-Geordie accent that I had from childhood as I've lived in Yorkshire for 35 years. These days it's just 'northern'.
Now trying to think of a video game character that does have a Northern English accent ... hmmmmm
A little extreme is fine, but a very extreme is where I draw the line.
Guess he would of still been good with the knives sigh
Geezer of War!
In the directon of deer, Lad!
If there's no such thing as a British accent, then there is most definitely not an American one either.
Most fantasy settings are based of the medieval ages and back then the "British" accent would have been very similar to a modern "American" accent. Many Americans are descended from British colonizers and they kept their original accents while native Brits had their accents evolve over the centuries. So funnily enough American accents in the middle ages would ironically be more historically accurate.
@PegasusActual93 see comment #16. There isn't, you're right.
Let me try let me try
“Are you not entertained?!”
You have to imagine the accent though
Why did nobody think to use a Greek accent?
The same nobody who forgot to hire Scandinavian actors for the Norse gods!
In fact, Kratos himself stayed in Lindisfarne for some seasons before going north.
Not gonna lie though I absolutely loved Odin being basically a New Englander Mob Boss in both voice and personality.
So the new dlc is called God Of War: Black Monday, The Getaway?
@Atreus97 Roadman Kratos needs to be a DLC
Liverpool accent would've been silly and great for the memes.
@Bricktop33 Generally when people thought of a British accent, it was the queens English, but now its "Blud" "Bruv" "Mandem" etc...
@BubaMan They could have done with Ubisoft did with Assassins Creed Revelations. Altair had an American accent originally, but they gave him an Arabic one in Revelations
@Ludens92 Zeus is a wasteman real talk 🤣
I hate chavs.
@CieloAzure yeh but coming back and finding your boat on bricks wouldn't be a good playing experience
giving Kratos a british acent, would sound so forced, like Zelda voice in Breath of the Wild
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