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Rockstar hires real gangsters for 'Grand Theft Auto V' voices

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Rockstar Games' upcoming Grand Theft Auto V is guaranteed to move units, but the developers aren't resting on their laurels in their attempt to build the most comprehensive crime world yet. Take the voice acting — rather than traditional professionals, Rockstar is using "actual, real gang members" where possible.

"One had literally gotten out of prison the day before."

Contributing writer, talk show host, and in-game DJ "Lazlow" Jones revealed the information on Chicago's WGN radio station, explaining: "We get these guys in to record the gang characters because we don't want a goofy LA actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member. There's nothing worse than that, so just go find the real terrifying people and say 'can you come in here please?'"

Rockstar recruited a person to find the criminals, including "El Salvadorian gang dudes with amazing tattoos, one of which literally had gotten out of prison the day before." Jones says this lets the game get closer to reality than otherwise possible, with the actors often given free reign to improvise. "They look at the lines and say, 'I wouldn't say that,' so we say, 'OK, say what you would say.' Authenticity, you know?"