Denny Delk is a voice-over actor who has been involved in many Lucasfilm projects. He has done voices for the Star Wars movies, played a Police Sergeant in More American Graffiti, provided the voice of Wicket on the second season of the Ewoks animated series, played a sergeant in Howard the Duck, has played Stormtroopers, and has most recently done voices and some acting for a lot of LucasArts video games (including Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island 3, Tie Fighter, Full Throttle, and Jedi Knight) - but you'll probably best know him from several commercial on television and radio: He is the guy who says 'Got Milk?' in those hilarious milk commercials!
The questions were made up by Aaron Snyder and me, Michael Streeter. Please don't post the text below on your page or use it anywhere else. Special thanks to Mr. Delk himself for doing this interview with me (and for correcting my grammar (see below))
Q. How did you get involved in so many Lucasfilm movies and projects, and LucasArts games? Are you a good friend of George Lucas or someone from Lucasfilm?
A. LucasArts is located just outside of San Francisco, and early movies and projects brought work to the Bay Area. I had the chance of working with the team early in the development of projects, and we have a good time working together. The folks at Lucas are very thoughtful and ask me back
Q. You provided the voice of Wicket in the second season of the Ewoks animated series, and lots of people hate Ewoks. How do you feel about the Ewoks?
A. The Ewoks were fun to play, and I still have a couple of shows on tape that I look at. I'm not a big fan of cute, but they are that. And the work that went into developing the culture and the language has to be appreciated.
Q. How long did it take to record an episode of the Ewoks show, and how long did it take to do all thirteen episodes?
A. Each show was two (sometimes three) stories. We usually completed a story in about an hour and a half, unless there was something especially tricky. We'd do two or three stories in a day, and record every week or so.
Q. You were also a police sergeant in More American Graffiti - what is your opinion on American Graffiti (it being a lot different from the original one)?
A. It was my first movie role after coming to California. What it tried to do was tell the story of the same characters a little more matured. The story was good, but I think it lacked something in the execution. That seems to happen in serial stories. Try reading a trilogy sometime. The first one is great, the second is so-so, and the third is pretty good. I guess I'm waiting for Still More American Graffiti.
Q. Have you been involved in any of the Star Wars movies at all?
A. Only in post-productions. What we call looping or ADR. When the sound isn't good or the voice doesn't match the face, they let me come and play.
Q. How does video-game acting work? Is the set any different from a normal movie set?
A. I don't do much of the on-camera stuff. But it can be hard because so much of it is shot in front of blue-screen. There really isn't a set, but you have to act like one is there. I got to play on Silicon Graphics virtual studio in Santa Monica a while back, and the new technology is throwing up tougher challenges for actors. The voice stuff is like doing cartoons, except you don't interact with the other characters. They are recorded separately.
Q. Do you play the LucasArts games yourself a lot?
A. Absolutely. I tend to like twitch games (Rebel Assault, Tie Fighter), but that's just me.
Q. Have you done any other voices for other cartoons?
A. Yes, we had one called Spiral Zone, but most of the cartoon work is done in Los Angeles, and I live near San Francisco. That's a long commute.
Q. How long did you spend filming Howard the Duck, and what was your impression of it before it bombed?
A. I guess I spent about a week on the project. It was interesting to watch the process. But it didn't bomb. It was "youthenized". The original comic book (which I loved) was aimed at the baby-boomer generation. The movie tried to change the focus to a younger audience. The movie lost the character's focus. The marketing guys killed it.
Q. What movie or project that you have done are you most proud of?
A. You mean "What is the movie or project of which you are proudest?" ( I was an English major.) I guess that I'm proud of anything that makes people laugh or entertains them. I've been with a group of improv performers called the National Theatre of the Deranged for more years than I care to mention. When we work in front of a live audience, its is a thrill.
Q. What projects are you currently working on, and what can we expect from you in the near future?
A. I don't know. In my business, you get a call at 9:00am for a job at 2:00pm and you've forgotten about it by dinner. Those big projects come along only occasionally. It is said of actors that at any given moment, 97% of them are out of work, or as we like to say, between engagements. I'm not doing anything for another hour and twenty minutes.
Thanks for the interview!
Also be sure to check out Denny's own homepage - at www.ddelk.com.
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