How Phil LaMarr came up with Vamp’s voice

In an interview published on website Alternative Nation, Phil LaMarr talked a bit about his role as Vamp in the Metal Gear Solid games, who he voices in the English versions of MGS2 and MGS4.

LaMarr was brought in by casting director Kris Zimmerman to audition for a couple of different roles. She explained that Vamp was ‘a very strange character’, and they had a bit of trouble finding the right actor for him. After she described the character, Phil LaMarr could understand why they were having difficulties. “Vamp’s maybe sort of European but not really a distinct accent. He may not be a real vampire… it’s all very vague.. And there’s this vague sexuality about it, and I just sorta focused on the vampire-ness.”


LaMarr tried to think of a voice for someone who doesn’t breathe air. “I tried to take as much oxygen, as much air out of the voice as I could. […] So it was very, low, and very creepy…” The team was immediately convinced that this was the voice they were looking for.

Phil LaMarr also said he auditioned for Metal Gear because he really loved the first game.

Source: Alternative Nation, via

  • ThreeMadFrogs

    Big fan of Phil LaMarr. Great voice actor and funny comedian. Loved Mad TV. And he takes a bullet to the face like a champ.

    • In MGS2, yeah. In Pulp Fiction, not so much. 😛

      • bullet to the face? Pulp Fiction? w-wha…


        I just realised who he is, and my mind is a bit blown o_o

        vamp is one of my favourite characters btw

      • cardboardbox engineer

        wow! i didn’t know he’s marven,,, so what do you make of all this?

        • ThreeMadFrogs

          Man, I don’t even have an opinion.

          • VNWK

            LOL I lost It to your comment!!!! X’DDD

      • César H. Sandoval

        Hahaha we was so young in that movie, I saw it again a couple of months ago and only then realized it was Vamp in there with Sam Jackson and Travolta.

      • Big_Boss88

        Whaaaat :O?! I had no idea he was that guy in Pulp Fiction, even though it’s one of my all time favorite movies lol 😀 ! Thx Nyx 🙂

        • decoyF0XX

          He was also Samurai Jack, if you watched that.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet


    • Hina

      Don’t forget Futurama mon!

    • WhatTheJuicay

      I was so surprised back when I found out this was vamp.. hah. surprised and impressed. Its Like being a well endowed short guy.

  • PrinceHeir

    Yeah i love his voice in MGS2. Very mysterious, yet so sleek and deadly.

  • ShogunTake

    He’s super talented it isn’t even funny. Huge fan of the guy and I hope he has a place in TPP somehow.

    lol I know that sounds generic as hell but seriously the guy is just too good an asset to leave out.

  • Big_Boss88

    Love that voice ;D and he did incredible job imo with Vamp. The voice just fits his character perfectly.
    Phil ftw 😉 !

  • Alex

    Met this guy at a convention, along with Flynn and Hale. He was probably my favorite out of the three. He’s got ridiculous range.

  • Le Guy who drowned quiet


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