C-3PO in Peter's favorite Droids episode, The Great Heep.

The following is an interview from ITHOR by Jordan Drew with Peter van Hoof. Peter did the voice of C-3PO in the Dutch dub-overs of the Droids episodes, as well as many other shows. They aired on Filmnet in Holland several years ago.
Here is the complete interview, re-posted with permission:

darknicclaws askes : How does it feel to be the voice behind a STAR WARS character?

IT FEELS GREAT, WE ONLY DID THE DUTCH VERSION OF DROIDS FIVE OR SIX YEARS AGO AND MY FAVORITE CHARACTER WAS ALL WAYS THREEPIO. WHEN I HEARD THAT THEY WERE GOING TO DUB DROIDS I AUDITIONED FOR THE PART OF C3PO, I HAD TO SAY SOME LINES FROM THE GREAT HEEP... A FEW DAYS LATER THE DIRECTOR CALLED ME AND TOLD ME THAT I GOT THE PART... YAY!

Jordan asks : Are you a star wars/sci-fi fan?

I ALWAYS LIKED STAR WARS, MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE CHARACTERS, I LOVE C3PO, R2D2, CHEWBACCA ETC ETC MAINLY THE 'WEIRD' CHARACTERS LIKE THE DROIDS, ALIENS, MUPPETS AND STUFF. I ALSO LIKE THE MOVIES 'LOST IN SPACE', 'THE FIFTH ELEMENT', 'ARMAGEDDON', 'GHOSTBUSTERS', 'PLANET OF THE APES'AND 'STARSHIP TROOPERS'.. I ALSO LIKE 'BRAVE HEART', 'PATCH ADAMS', 'THE GAME', 'PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES' AND 'AS GOOD AS IT GETS'. I'M A BIG ROBIN WILLIAMS FAN, HERE IN HOLLAND I'M KNOWN AS 'THE DUTCH ROBIN WILLIAMS'... I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMPLIMENTS THAT I EVER GOT...

Jordan asks : How did you get the part of c-3p0?

UHMM..... I ALREADY TOLD THAT... MY MISTAKE...

Jordan asks : How long did it take to record all the episodes?

6 MONTHS... I DID TWO OR THREE EPISODES A WEEK... FOR INSTANCE ON A MONDAY MORNING... MONDAY AFTERNOON THERE'S ANOTHER VOICE ACTOR ETC ETC EACH DAY THERE ARE TWO ACTORS... ON THURSDAY AND ON FRIDAY THE STUDIO IS GOING TO DO ALL OF THE TECHNICAL STUFF LIKE MIXING

Jordan asks : What is the best / worst thing about being a voice over actor?

BEST THING IS THAT NOBODY KNOWS YOU AND THAT YOU GOT TO BE SOME OF THAT MOST FAMOUS CHARACTERS IN THE WORLD, PARTS WHERE OTHER PEOPLE WOULD KILL FOR. WORST THING IS THAT NOBODY KNOWS YOU... : (

Jordan asks : To where can i send away to get your autograph?

UHM... I DUNNO, MAYBE I CAN SCAN IT AND EMAIL IT TO YOU OR ICQ?

( Editors note: I sent a message back to Peter asking for a street address / P.O. box and he replied " Well, just give me your address, I'll print out a nice pic of Threepio and I will sign it for you. " I am still waiting for the Autograph , but when I get it I would like to post it on the site. )

Jordan asks : Is Dutch your primary language?

YES, I CAN ALSO SPEAK FRENCH, GERMAN AND A BIT ENGLISH

Jordan asks : Do you have an official web page?

NO, SORRY...

Jordan asks : which is your favorite star wars movie ( ANH, ESB, ROTJ, TPM )?

PROBABLY RETURN OF THE JEDI. WHY? BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY CREATURES IN IT.. I LIKE CREATURES.. HAHAHA

Jordan asks : which is your favorite Droids episode?

THE GREAT HEEP, THAT WAS THE FIRST ONE I DID AND THE LONGEST ONE, WE HAD A LOT OF FUN DOING THAT EPISODE.

Jordan asks : Have you meet anyone involved in the star wars movies?

I'VE MET THAT GUY IN THE CHEWBACCA SUIT, KENNY BAKER AND JEREMY BULLOCH, BUT THEY ARE NOTHING COMPARED WITH SIR ANTHONY DANIELS!!!! I HAVEN'T MET HIM... : (

( Editors note : the guy in the Chewbacca suit was Peter Mayhew. Jeremy Bulloch played Boba Fett and Kenny Baker played r2-d2 )

Jordan asks : What star wars merchandise to you have?

I HAVE A LOT A C3PO ACTION FIGURES, A C3PO COSTUME WITH MASK, PRESS PHOTOS, PRESS SLIDES, PRESS INFORMATION BOOKLETS, STANDEES, THE VIDEO'S, A LOT OF ACTION FIGURES FROM KENNER, OLD ONES AND ONES FROM THE SPECIAL EDITION, SOUNDTRACKS, KEY CHAINS, PINS, BUTONNS, REALLY A LOT OF STICKERS, OTHER KIND OF SLIDES, STAR WARPED CD ROM ETC ETC

Darth Celt asks : Where there any slang translations from english to Dutch that gave you problems?

YOU MEAN IN DROIDS? I DON'T THINK SO...

Jordan asks : What other projects have you done since DROIDS?

UHM LET'S SEE, I ALREADY MAILED YOU THAT... IF YOU DIDN'T GET THAT EMAIL, LET ME KNOW, I WILL TELL YOU AGAIN, SEND THE LIST TO ME ANYWAY, SO I CAN UPDATE IT AND THAT I CAN SEE WHAT I FORGOT TO MENTION..

( Editors note : the list that I was sent was : The Little Mermaid, Smurfs, Droids, Thumbelina, The Lion King, Aladdin, Darkwing Duck, Hercules, The Muppets, Dinosaurs, The Simpsons, ET, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Beauty and the Beast, Calimero, The Real Ghostbusters, My Little Pony, Snowwhite, Anastasia, Quest for Camelot, The Prince of Egypt, The Secret of NIMH )

captian solo asks : Have you ever meet antheney Daniels?

NO, I WOULD LIKE TO... "HEY, I AM YOUR VOICE!"

captain solo asks : are you a celebrity in holland?

WELL... IN CARTOON LAND... IN VOICE OVER LAND I'M A CELEBRITY... I DO NOT USUALLY ACT IN LIVE ACTION THINGS...

Chris Orton asks : What did you think of the voice that Anthony Daniels created for C3P0?

I THINK HE IS GREAT, I THINK IT IS MORE GREAT THAT LUCAS ASKED HIM BACK FOR TPM, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT MOVIE, IT'S A SHAME THAT ANTHONY DANIELS DID SO FEW THINGS ON ACTING GROUND... HE DID SOME PLAYS, THE STAR WARS TRILOGY AND THAT'S IT...

Chris Orton asks : Did he try to emulate Daniels' performance?

DOES THIS 'HE' REFER TO ME? WELL, I HAD TO TALK INTO THE MICROPHONE WITH A PLASTIC BOARD BETWEEN ME AND THE MIKE, SO THAT WE WOULD GET THAT METALLIC VOICE.

( Editors note : sorry bout that. )

Chris Orton asks : Did he do the voice in the original films, and is he providing C3P0's voice in the new films?

I DIDN'T DO THE VOICE OF THREEPIO IN THE MOVIES, WE DON'T DUB FILMS.. THAT'S NOT A PRETTY SIGHT BELIEVE ME...

Denise Mills asks : What's it like to be a threepio's voice?

GREAT! I HAVE FANS NOW!

Jordan asks : Did any thing really funny happen behind the scenes of dubbing Droids?

WELL, WE GOT REALLY TIRED SOMETIMES... SO THEN YOU GET A LITTLE FUNNY ... WE LET C3PO SAY THE MOST FILTHY STUFF WITH THE MOST STUPID VOICES .... THEY STILL GOT THAT TAPE SOMEWHERE IN THE STUDIO ...

captain solo asks : Whey are the polish called poles and the hollanders aren't holes?

UHM.... I DUNNO.... WHY AREN'T THE PEOPLE IN HAMBURG CALLED HAMBURGERS??

( Editors note : I apologize to anyone who takes offense to that )

jordan asks : was the show Ewoks ever dubbed in Holland?

NO, THEY NEVER DUBBED THE EWOKS, MAYBE IN THE FUTURE, BIT I THINK IT IS A LITTLE OLD, DON'T YOU THINK...

Jordan asks : If you don't dub movies in the Holland than how did they expect a star wars cartoon show to succeed?

WELL, THAT'S THE KIND OF THING YOU SHOULD ASK THE PRODUCERS OR THE DIRECTOR... DROIDS IS A CARTOON, SO.. MORE KIDS WATCH CARTOONS, AND FOR A LOT OF KIDS WATCHING AN ENGLISH CARTOON WITH SUBTITLES IS VERY HARD, SO WE DUB CARTOONS, SOMETIMES WE ALSO DUB MOVIES, LIKE ET, FLUBBER, INCREDIBLE JOURNEY ETC ETC.

Jordan :what is your favorite television show?

WELL I LOVE THE SIMPSONS, THAT'S MY FAVORITE, I DO THE VOICES FOR KRUSTY THE CLOWN, MOE THE BARTENDER, BARNEY THE DRUNK AND TROY MCCLURE, I'M ALSO A BIG FAN OF FRASIER, SEINFELD, 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, FRIENDS, ROSEANNE, MILLENNIUM AND DINOSAURS

Jordan asks : In that case , what is your favorite episode?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN? DO YOU MEAN MY FAVORITE EPISODE OF THE SIMPSONS? WELL, I LOVE THE EPISODES WITH (OF COURSE) MY CHARACTERS IN IT, BUT I HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR THE X-FILES EPISODE, THE JERRY SPRINGER EPISODE AND THE EPISODE WHERE HOMER TELLS MEMORIES 'MAGGIE'S FIRST WORD', 'HOW I MET MARGE', 'HOW I MARRIED MARGE' ETC ETC.


C-3PO and his trusty companion R2-D2

Princess_kennessa asks : is it hard to imitate someone with a british accent?

WELL, IT IS NOT DIFFICULT. IF WE WANT A BRITISH ACCENT IN A DUTCH VOICE /CARTOON, YOU ONLY HAVE TO TALK REAL POLITE DUTCH, KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

kyosa asks : how is it to be part of the star wars phenomenon

GREAT! I MEAN, C3PO WAS ALWAYS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER IN THE MOVIES, AND NOW I'M HIM! I ALSO TRY TO COLLECT ALL MERCHANDISE OF C3PO, BUT MR. LUCAS IS MAKING SO MUCH MERCHANDISE, IT IS HARD TO COLLECT EVERYTHING... I'M VERY CURIOUS OF C3PO IN THE PHANTOM MENACE, I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE EPISODE ONE....

Jordan asks : Have you ever read the comic "DROIDS" published by DARK HORSE COMICS in 1994 ?

NO, I'VE NEVER READ THEM, BUT I WANT TO! I'M LOOKING EVERYWHERE FOR THOSE COMICS AND PAPERBACKS.... COULD YOU GUYS TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS COMIC? HOW MANY ARE THERE?

( Editors note : for more info on the DROIDS comics or other STAR WARS comic books visit DARK HORSE COMICS online at http://www.darkhorse.com )

Jordan asks : How did you get into the business of Voice Over.

WELL, I STARTED TO WRITE A LETTER TO A TV SHOW. IN THAT LETTER I TOLD THAT I COLLECTED EVERYTHING OF CARTOONS, I WAS ELEVEN OR TWELVE. ONE OF THE STAFF MEMBERS OF THAT SHOW DID THE VOICE OF HOMER SIMPSONS AMONG OTHER CARTOON CHARACTERS AND WROTE TO ME IF I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HOW DUBBING GOES... I WENT TO THAT STUDIO, AND GOT A LINE IN THE DUTCH VERSION OF THE SIMPSONS, I BELIEVE IT WAS A CLASSMATE OF BART... I KEPT ON COMING EVERY WEEK AND EVERY WEEK I WAS APPROVED TO DO A LINE OR TWO. IN THE MEAN TIME I FOLLOWED ACTING LESSONS. THE LINES BECAME MORE AND MORE, WEEK AFTER WEEK. THEN , SADLY, SOMEONE DIED OF THE DUTCH SIMPSONS CAST, AND I GOT HIS PARTS. I GOT TO PLAY KRUSTY THE CLOWN, BARNEY THE DRUNK, MOE THE BARTENDER AND TROY MCCLURE. 'CAUSE I HAD ALMOST THE SAME VOICE AND TEMPERAMENT AS THE OTHER ACTOR. THEN I GOT PARTS IN THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, MY LITTLE PONY AND A LOT OF OTHER SERIES. THEN CAME THE BIG ONES: THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LION KING ETC ETC AND MAIN CHARACTERS IN SERIES.. NOW I ALSO DO COMMERCIALS, RADIO SPOTS, VOICE-OVER FOR DOCUMENTARIES AND COMPANY MOVIES.

Jordan asks : What cartoons did you watch when you where younger and which one was your favorite?

I WATCHED HE-MAN, INSPECTOR GADGET, THE SMURFS, THE SNORKS, THE GHOSTBUSTERS, HECK I WATCHED HALF OF THE CARTOONS THAT I WAS A PART OF.... I WAS A KID WHEN I DID MY FIRST VOICE-OVER JOBS SO... BUT I THINK MY FAVORITE CARTOONS WERE AND ARE THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS AND THE SIMPSONS.

Jordan :When did you learn to speak english?

WELL, HERE IN HOLLAND IT IS NORMAL TO HAVE ENGLISH AT YOUR SCHOOL, I'VE STUDIED ENGLISH FOR NINE YEARS NOW, ONE YEAR I EVEN WENT TO A SCHOOL TO BECOME AN ENGLISH TEACHER... BUT IT IS REALLY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, SO NOW I'M AN ACTOR / VOICE-ACTOR AND A TEACHER FOR KIDS WITH BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS

Jordan asks : How old are you

WELL I'M 22, TURNING 23 IN AUGUST (1999)

copyright June 25 1999 by Jordan Drew

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