I am Aaron LaPlante and I did the voice for The Duke in Resident Evil Village. Ask me anything.

1 : Anonymous2021/07/29 15:32 ID: otzrj6


Topics you can ask me about: Anything.

In addition to The Duke, I’ve been lucky enough to voice some other cool characters in my career so far. Look me up on IMDB to see if you recognize any of them.

Some key talking points could be: Resident Evil Village and my involvement with it, horror movies, horror toys, old horror movies, new horror movies, food, Seattle, dogs, favorite charities, model building, pizza, not politics, classic movies, 80s movies, 80s toys, the 80s, horror history, history, my hopes and dreams, voice work, Genndy Tartakovsky’s PRIMAL, Los Angeles, cooking shows, etc.

Those are just some ideas. I will answer really any question about any subject. But if the questions are dumb, mean spirited, or if they strike me as inappropriate, then I won’t. Pretty standard stuff.

You can find me on: INSTAGRAM: @dooder3 TWITTER: AaronLaPlante5 IMDB: Just type my name into the search bar. YOUTUBE: Just search my name and see what comes up. There are a bunch of interviews, short films, sketches, and probably some embarrassing stuff.


2 : Anonymous2021/07/29 15:53 ID: h6yvznh

Did the writers give you any more info on the Duke then we got in game? Don't spoil it for us, but I'm kinda curious if they had any further ideas on the character they wanted to reflect in your performance.

3 : Anonymous2021/07/29 15:52 ID: h6yvwdg

Will you ever consider playing RE Village and/or RE4 to personally experience the two RE merchants in the franchise?

4 : Anonymous2021/07/29 15:58 ID: h6ywqk7

Do you wish the Duke could have ended up being a boss fight?

5 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:14 ID: h6yz41z

Since you bring up horror, I'm guessing you're a fan. Was that a factor in bringing you to Resident Evil? And what's your favorite horror genre?

6 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:57 ID: h6z5bb6

How does it feel portraying one of the best characters in the game?

The Duke felt like a VERY sketchy ally, but the ending with him and Ethan was touching. Your performance was fantastic.

Bonus Question: What weapon would The Duke give your character from Primal?

7 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:30 ID: h6z1byg

Did you have your own backstory for the duke and why he wanted to help Ethan?

8 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:36 ID: h6z28ld

How was voicing with the other VAs and working for Capcom?

9 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:48 ID: h6z406l

Coolest thing the Duke has ever bought or sold?

10 : Anonymous2021/07/29 15:47 ID: h6yv5lt

What do you think the Merchant and the Duke talk about or do when they hang out?

11 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:47 ID: h6z3vv1

Which lines were the hardest to do when voicing, The Duke?

12 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:52 ID: h6z4ngh

No questions here just wanted to say your awesome.

13 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:43 ID: h6z3bso

Do you think (just MAYBE) the Duke went to save Ethan after Ethan blew up the village? Perhaps we’ll find out in RE9?

14 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:55 ID: h6z50sv

Hey Aaron, its great to have you on the sub.

The Duke really did Ethan a solid by cooking him some hot meals during Village. If I dropped by with some of my buddies, what kinds of dishes could you make to impress us?

15 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:48 ID: h6z3yki

Did you have a lot of fun voicing The Duke?

16 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:48 ID: h6z43iw

Did you take any inspiration for The Duke's voice?

17 : Anonymous2021/07/29 15:49 ID: h6yvhku

Is the character of the merchant based on the Spice King from GoT? That's who his mannerisms and figure reminded me of.

18 : Anonymous2021/07/29 15:50 ID: h6yvl3g

How's it going man?

19 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:01 ID: h6z5xdj

There was an idea at one point that we'd see what life was like in the village in the Mediaeval Period. Did you record any lines for this version? A popular fan theory is that the Duke is centuries old.

20 : Anonymous2021/07/29 19:12 ID: h6zp3sy

Were there any characters you auditioned for other than The Duke?

21 : Anonymous2021/07/29 15:55 ID: h6ywdc9

Were there any characters or actors you drew inspiration from to flesh out The Duke?

22 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:23 ID: h6z0b7g

How did you find out about the role and what made you want to audition?

23 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:52 ID: h6zdkqt

what are you, truly, boaiyin'?

24 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:59 ID: h6zemak

What's it like as a voice actor in LA?

25 : Anonymous2021/07/29 19:35 ID: h6zsg7u

If Duke had been a boss for Ethan to beat, what kind of area would you imagine to be “his level”? And what kind of boss fight would it be?

26 : Anonymous2021/07/29 19:42 ID: h6ztdlp

Did the first visual you saw of the character help shape the voice?

27 : Anonymous2021/07/29 20:07 ID: h6zx268

Pizza. That is all

28 : Anonymous2021/07/29 20:42 ID: h7023h6

What shows/cartoons did you enjoy growing up?

29 : Anonymous2021/07/29 20:53 ID: h703qfu

Are the Duke and RE4's merchant actually friends?

30 : Anonymous2021/07/29 20:57 ID: h704crw

What’s your favorite aspect of The Duke?

31 : Anonymous2021/07/29 21:04 ID: h705b8m

Wait did he answer any questions? Or is this just advertisement/gathering questions for he IG live tomorrow at 6 (pst, est?)

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Lol I think so. The only thing I can think of is he’ll take the questions he likes most and show them in text on his live feed while giving a verbal answer. Still, really odd

32 : Anonymous2021/07/29 21:06 ID: h705ls2

What are ya buyin?

33 : Anonymous2021/07/29 21:18 ID: h7077ck

Do you have your own personal head canon for The Duke's early life?

34 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:01 ID: h6yx5ax

Do you have any tips and tricks for aspiring voice actors?

35 : Anonymous2021/07/29 15:55 ID: h6ywak4

will the duke be in re9?

36 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:13 ID: h6yyxgt

Have you played re4 and if so, what do you think of the merchant and do you like him more than the duke or less?

37 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:23 ID: h6z0dsj

Who’s your favorite video game merchant of all time?

38 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:28 ID: h6z11si

What ideas led to giving the Duke a sort of ironic, self-aware personality right off the bat. He seems like he’s really enjoying seeing Ethan wreck havoc, and is always making cheeky remarks or gushing over the remains of the lords. Do you think he knows something everybody doesn’t, or isn’t native to the land?

39 : Anonymous2021/07/29 16:53 ID: h6z4r3x

What should I have for breakfast? Tochitura de Pui or a bagel?

40 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:07 ID: h6z6ulm

Did you do motion capture for The Duke or was it just voice work in the booth? Did you ever get to meet Todd on set?

Also, what's your favorite food?

41 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:08 ID: h6z711f

Hey Aaron, I loved your performance for the Duke! Who are your favorite female characters from the Resident Evil franchise?

42 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:09 ID: h6z76ql

The Duke is by far my favorite character from Village, big part being your fantastic voice acting for his amazing voicelines.

Some questions:

1: Did you do any mo-cap for him, and if so how did that work with his unique physique?

2: Did you also make the startled and breathing sounds from his idle mode?

3: What is your favorite line from Duke?

Lastly: What's the name of your robot butler?

43 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:21 ID: h6z8y4x

Favorite dish from the Duke?

44 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:24 ID: h6z9ddn

If you had the chance to would you like to return to the RE franchise to voice act another character or the Duke again if he ever comes back around?

45 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:26 ID: h6z9n21

Do you play video games and if so which is your favourite

46 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:27 ID: h6z9r5v

Hey Aaron! Your portrayal of the Duke was so funny and memorable. My question is, if you were able to VA another RE character but in the Duke's voice, who would it be?

47 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:28 ID: h6z9voq

Thank you for your performance as The Duke, your character definitely made Village a lot more enjoyable to me and other people, he’s definitely a worthy legacy to Merchant from 4! As for the questions: Did you record your voice lines alone or did you interact with Todd Soley (Ethan’s VA) while making the dialogue? 🙂

48 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:34 ID: h6zavao

Was the version of the Duke that you recorded for the same as the original take on the character once you got involved?

I'm just curious if the way the character was presented to you morphed after your involvement, like maybe you were initially told his role would be different?

49 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:35 ID: h6zb0my

What was your favorite piece of dialogue as The Duke?

50 : Anonymous2021/07/29 17:41 ID: h6zbup6

Was here any particular inspirations for your portrayal of the Duke's voice/accent?

Also any hints from the Capcom higher ups about bringing you back to reprise the Duke for some of the future DLC expansions for the game? The Duke is easily my favourite character from Village so would love to see him come back for some future content, loved your performance as him!


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