BRC: It seems you rather like more comic character types, to which Commander Shepard obviously doesn’t belong to. What was it like to act as him? Have you faced any difficulties?
Mark Meer: I do a lot of comedy, it’s true. Specifically, I do a lot of improvisation. However, I’m no stranger to dramatic theatre work — here in Canada, I received an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best Supporting Actor for my work on Helen’s Necklace, a play about war in the Middle East, which was most definitely NOT a comedy... That said, I did enjoy being able to take a break from Commander Shepard now and then during recording to play comedic characters like Blasto or the Biotic God Niftu Cal.
BRC: Your work in Mass Effect is amazing! Will your voice gladden us in the coming Dragon Age: Inquisition? And in Mass Effect Next? Maybe in any other gaming projects?
Mark Meer: I’ve already done some work for the new Dragon Age game... I’m also about a dozen different characters in the upcoming Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced Edition from Overhaul Games (I also played several characters in the first Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition). And I’m happy to announce that I will be playing the lead role of the player character Will MacKenzie in THE LONG DARK, a new first-person post-disaster survival simulation from Hinterland Games. It’s a realistic survival simulation set in Canada’s north. We just launched the Kickstarter campaign this week, and at the time of this interview we’re already over 30% of the way to our goal of $200,000.00. Here’s a link to the Kickstarter campaign: