Raccoonstars Team :
(found Greg Smith/Inezh)
(Found Eric Pirius)
Interviews and translation by fred_derf
For the 25th Anniversary of Resident Evil/Bio Hazard
the original voice actor Pablo Kuntz narrates the
Wesker Report, enjoy !
THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO THE BIOHAZARD /RESIDENT EVIL LIVE ACTORS AND THEIR FANS,THE QUOTES ARE FROM THE ACTORS,AND THE FANS WHO FOUND OUT THE ACTORS ARE CREDITED.
EVERYTHING IS DONE WITH THE ACTORS CONSENT. PRIVACY IS RESPECTED IF NEEDED.
PLEASE CREDIT THE BLOG WHEN USING INFOS FROM IT.
CHRIS REDFIELD IS CREDITED AS CHARLIE
FOUND BY A FRIEND OF CHARLIE ON LATE AUGUST 2017.
REAL NAME CHARLIE KRASLAVSKY
QUOTES FROM HIM THE 8TH OF OCTOBER 2017.
Fred : "Charlie, would you agree to share with the fans what you remember from the filming, any detail is worth it."
"I was very excited to be cast as Chris Redfield in Capcom's Resident Evil Biohazard. I never got to see the footage until recently, when a friend of mine who is an avid gamer happened upon it by accident on youtube, and he forwarded it to me. At the time I was an actor in Tokyo, from 1990 to1996, it was very difficult to get production companies to make a VHS copy and mail it to you. It's not like today, where they can just email you a link.
Anyway, that was a really fun shoot, with super cool costumes, and much more fun than most of the acting work I was doing at the time. That was over 20 years ago, and my memory of the other actors and other details are fleeting, but I am happy to share with you what I remember:
At the time I was represented by I.M.O. (Inagawa Motoko Office) in Tokyo. I am pretty sure that all the actors on that shoot were hired from I.M.O. I actually also worked for I.M.O. as a casting agent. This agency hired bilingual foreigners to work in the office doing castings, taking talent to auditions and film and tv shoots, to act as their manager and translator, as well as being talent ourselves. It was a unique business model, that allowed the agency to leverage our acting and language skills at the same time. Many foreigners would come and register at this agency, and they supplied actors and background talent to countless Japanese films, tv shows, and commercials. I did not work on any other projects with any of those other actors from Biohazard, except Eric, who played Wesker. Eric was a regular that would often go to auditions, and acting jobs with me.I remember he used to always ride his bicycle around Tokyo like a crazy man, running red lights. I remember feeling like someday he would get in an accident with a car, but as far as I know he was fine. Sorry, I don't remember his last name. As for Inezh being a high school girl, and complaining about bug bites, and wanting to finish early, that all sounds correct to me. I don't remember much about Linda or Jason. I do remember thinking Jason looked just like the sketch of his character,. Greg was really fun, and I know you already have been in touch.
I remember seeing the sketches of the characters at the audition, and how cool the costumes looked. They asked me permission to dye my hair, which is naturally very dark brown, almost black, and they also asked me to grow some stubble. I remember the stylist having a very strong opinion that the character would never grow stubble, that he would be very disciplined about shaving, while the director felt very strongly that I would have stubble because we would be on the mission for several days. When they dyed my hair, they used straight peroxide, which turned my hair almost a red color. That red hair with my almost black beard stubble looked ridiculous, so they decided the character would be clean shaven.
I recall shooting the majority of the scenes in an abandoned warehouse, and the surrounding area that was overgrown with bushes. That is where Inezh would have been complaining about the bugs, and working late into the night. The director told us to imagine we were being attacked by dogs, and I think for the interior scenes he described giant werewolf type creatures. I know you said the director was later quoted saying the acting skills were not very good. I would agree with that, but I would also say that his talent as a director, and the overall production value was also very poor, but I think all of that adds to the charm of this video, especially the cheesy Japanese pop music on the soundtrack. For the scenes where we are sitting down and resting from the battle, and I am smoking (seems like I was constantly smoking) were shot at a different location. I don't remember exactly where it was, but probably somewhere on the outskirts of Tokyo. I think it was an office inside some sort of commercial real estate area. I remember that before we started shooting that scene the director said my white shirt was much too clean, because this was supposed to be after we had already battled. I remembered that the parking lot outside was unpaved, it was dirt and gravel, and there were some puddles from recent rain. I offered to go outside an roll around in the dirt to get the shirt looking dirty and worn, and they thought it was a great idea. I rolled around in the dirt and came back. The stylist was horrified, and thought I was too dirty. The director said that I was not dirty enough, and so I went outside and rolled around some more. Looking at the video, I think the shirt is still too clean. Really it should have been much more dirty, and maybe a little bloody too.
The very last frame of the video is a close up of my eye, just before the creature kills me. We shot this in one of the hallways at the abandoned warehouse. I remember the director saying, "when the camera comes right up to your face, open your eye as big as you can in terror". I did as he asked, but my eyes are kind of small to begin with, and did not look big enough for him. So we tried it again, and he told me to wait till the camera got close in, and then use my fingers to open my eye even bigger. I remember at the time thinking that surely they will see my fingers in the shot, but it looks like it worked OK in the end...
are they going to make any more Resident Evil films? I had a quick look on IMDB, but I did not see any plans for a new movie... I live in Los Angeles now, and I still do acting work sometimes, and I was thinking how fans like you would love it if I could get a cameo in their next film...
Anyway Fred, it is a strange and very new phenomenon to me to have fans! And I am very grateful...
Fred : "Would you say that it was filmed during summer or fall 1995 ?
Charlie : " Sorry Fred, I️ don’t remember exactly, but I️ think maybe it was in the fall or winter... "summer is very hot in Tokyo, and I️ remember it was not so hot, not so cold..."
" Fred: Do you remember anything about Inezh and do you have some leads that coud help us out ?"
Charlie : "About Inezh, I don’t really remember much, until I heard the name I did not even remember it, but it sounds right to me. I really don’t know, but I feel it probably was her first name, and probably her real name, not a stage name. Around that time there were many young Aussie’s and Canadians in Tokyo, because there was a popular work/study visa for those under 26 years old, if I remember correctly. There were also many Russians in Tokyo. If she was Russian, they had their own school, I think it was inside the Russian consulate. When I lived in Tokyo, the Russian consulate was right next to the American Club, near Kamiya-cho, which is not too far from Tokyo Tower. If she was Canadian or Aussie in high school as we think, then she probably went to ASIJ, or one of the other international schools...
Charlie Kraslavsky (AKA Chris Redfield)."
"J'étais trés content d'avoir le rôle
de Chris dans le RE/BH de Capcom.
Je n'ai jamais pu voir le résultat final
jusqu'à il y a peu, lorsqu'un un ami qui est un
fan avide de jeu vidéos est tombé sur une
des vidéos par hasard sur Youtube, et m'a envoyé
le lien.A cette epoque j'étais acteur à Tokyo
entre 1990 et 1996, et il était trés difficle
d'obtenir une copie du rendu final de son travail
en vhs de la part des compagnies de production,
aujourd'hui cest beaucoup plus facile en envoyant
simplement le lien d'une vidéo par e-mail.
Dans tous les cas, le tournage fut plaisant et les
costumes trés cool, bien plus marrant que mes précédents
boulots d'acteur, cela s'est passé il y a une 20aines
d'années et mes souvenirs des autres acteurs et des
détails sont flous.Mais je serai ravi de partager
mes souvenirs avec vous.
A cette epoque j'étais representé par by I.M.O.
(Inagawa Motoko Office) à Tokyo.Je suis quasiment
sur que les autres acteurs venaient aussi de cette
boîte, J'y ai aussi bossé comme agent de casting.
Cette agence enrolait des étrangers bilingues
pour travailler au bureau lors des castings,et pour
accompagner les modèles aux auditions,tournages de films et
pub tv, en tant que manager et traducteur et
aussi acteur.Une méthode assez unique qui nous permettait
de développer notre expérience en acting et en
linguistique.Un bon nombre d'étrangers ont
travaillé comme acteurs dans un nombre incalculable
de films japonais, spots tv, et séries.
Je n'ai pas travaillé avec les autres acteur de Biohazard
dans d'autres projets, à part Eric, qui a joué Wesker.
Eric était un habitué des auditions et des roles d'acteur
avec moi.Il avait l'habitude de toujours rouler comme un
dingue dans Tokyo sur son vélo, en brûlant les feux rouges.
Je me disais qu'un de ces quatre il aurait un accident avec
une voiture, mais de ce que je sais, il n'en a pas eu et allait
bien, désolé je ne me souviens pas de son nom de famille.
En ce qui concerne Inezh, le fait qu'elle était lycéene, voulait
en finir au plus vite, et se plaignait de piqûres d'insectes
ça me semble authentique.J'ai peu de souvenirs de Linda et Jason
Il me semble que Jason ressemblait pas mal aux dessins du personnage.
Greg était sympa, je sais que tu as pu lui parler il y a peu.
Je me rappelle d'avoir vu les dessins des persos pendant mon
audition, et à quel point les costumes avaient l'air cool.
Ils m'ont demandé la permission de teindre mes cheveux qui
sont naturellement châtains foncés, quasiment noirs, ils m'ont
aussi demandé de me laisser pousser une barbe de 3 jours.
La styliste disait que Chris Redfield n'était pas le genre
de personne a avoir une barbe ,c'était le genre à être bien
rasé, à avoir une discipline, elle ne voulait pas en démordre face
au réal qui lui insistait pour que le personnage ait cette barbe
puisqu'il est en mission depuis plusieurs jours.
Ils m'ont teint les cheveux avec du peroxyde, j'étais pratiquement
devenu roux, cette chevelure rousse combinée à mon bouc noir avait
un rendu ridicule, donc au final j'ai fini rasé de près.
Je me rapelle avoir tourné la plupart de mes scenes dans un
entrepot abandonné, entouré de buissons.C'est la qu'inezh a du
se plaindre des insectes et de bosser tard la nuit.
Le réal nous a demandé d'imaginer qu'on était attaqués par des
chiens, et pour la scéne en intérieur, par une sorte de
loup garous géants,Tu as mentionné le réal qui
a critiqué le jeu d'acteur, je suis d'accord avec cela mais il faut
aussi préciser que la compétence du réal ainsi que le budget
de la production étaient également faibles, cependant je pense
que le coté surjoué/theâtral ajoute un certains charme à la scéne,
surtout avec la musique japonaise pop ringarde en fonds.
Pour les scénes de fin où on se repose aprés cette aventure,assis
en fumant (J'ai l'impression que je fumais constamment) *rire*
Elles ont été tournées dans différents endroits.
Je ne me souviens pas exactement ou, mais probablement dans la banlieue
de Tokyo.Peut être un bureau situé dans une zone de locations.
Je me souviens qu'avant de commencer la scéne le réal ma dit
que mon t-shirt blanc était trop propre,ce qui semblait illogique
aprés tous les événements du jeu.Le parking n'étais pas goudronné
c'était juste de la terre et du gravier, avec des flaques formées
par une pluie récente, j'ai proposé au réal de me rouler dessus pour
salir la tenue et lui donné un coté usagé, ils ont adoré l'idée,
donc je vais me rouler au sol et je reviens, le styliste était
horrifié, mais le réal ma demandé de recommencer car ce n'étais
pas assez crade à son gout, et j'y suis retourné.
En revoyant la video je pense que la tenue est encore trop propre,
elle aurait vraiment du être plus sale, et tâchée de sang.
Dans la vidéo d'intro de l'écran titre du jeu on peut voir un gros plan
de mon oeil, just avant d'être tué par la créature, on a filmé
ça dans un couloir de l'entrepôt abandonné; Le réal m'avait dit
quand la camera arrive directement sur ton visage, ouvre tes yeux
aussi grand que tu le peux avec une expression de terreur.
Je me suis executé, mais pour commencer mes yeux sont plutôt petit
et de plus ils paraissaient encore trop petits pour le réal,
on a recommencé et il m'a demandé d'écarter les yeux en utilisant
mes doigts, je me suis dit qu'on les verrait dépasser du cadre
mais au final ça a marché.
Est ce qu'ils vont produire d'autres films RE ? Je n'ai rien
vu de tel sur Imdb, Je vis a L.A et il m'arrive encore de jouer
des rôles, je me demandais si les fans comme toi aimeraient me voir
faire un cameo dans un prochain film."
C'est un phénomène étrange et nouveau de savoir que j'ai des
fans!J'en suis trés reconnaissant.
Fred : Tu dirai que ça à été filmé en été ou automne 1995 ?
"Ah désolé je ne me souviens pas trop, surement automne ou hiver
l'été est trés chaud a Tokyo, je me souviens qu'il ne faisait
ni trop chaud ni trop froid."
CREDITED AS GREGORY
REAL NAME :GREG SMITH
FOUND BY DR RAICHI
THE 8TH OF SEPTEMBER 2017
quotes from him on 14th september 2017
Fred : I would like to know if you remember the names the of the japanese TV shows where you played.
Greg :" I was in a comedy call Vocabilar Tango, a soap opera called Tell Me that You Love Me and a few TV ads for Disney Land."
Fred : How have you been casted for Resident Evil ?
Greg :" I was picked walking down the street in Tokyo.They drew the video character of Barry and
then went out to find someone who matched the drawing. Hair cut and beard trim and I was Barry."
Fred :"Do you remember anythting from the other actors,some guy pretended that she was russian but
the person never replied to back up this info.
Greg : "I remember Charlie well as we spent a lot of time together rehearsing and talking.
The girls i dont remember too well."
They were both american , Charlie was a Russian born American.I was the only Australian
but they did dub my voice."
Fred : Were you aware about people like me trying to find the Resident Evil actors ?
Greg : "No I wasn't aware that people were looking for me."
Fred : Do you remember roughly the lenght of the filming , did you like the experience ? Do you have some trivia or anecdotes about the filming ?
Greg : "We filmed for three days I think.2 days in a studio Helicopter scenes.
1 very long night from 5pm until 5 am the next day by a river about 30 min from Tokyo.
The days were long, however they were fun and we really enjoyed the experience.
I can remember that there was a lot of time sitting around between takes."
Fred : Just in case you haven't seen it yet, this is the brief making of that was the only piece of media featuring the actors besides the games.
Greg : "I have not had the opportunity to see the clips before, I loved them."
Fred : How are you these days Greg ?
Greg : "I am very well and retired from being a school principal and Resident Evil.There is a little bit of Barry in me still as I am a Harley Davidson rider and lead motorcycle tours to the USA, Bali and Nepal. "
Fred : Thanks so much for your time Greg !
FROM RESIDENT EVIL DATABASE
POSTED THE 19TH DECEMBER 2017
Hello Greg! First of all, thank you so much for accepting to give us this interview! Were you aware that fans have been looking for you for 21 years, since Biohazard/Resident Evil was launched? If so, how come you never appeared publicly to talk about this amazing work?
I had no idea that the fans of Resident Evil were looking for me. I only realized that there were people trying to track me down after I received an email from Frederic.
I have never been given the opportunity to speak about Resident Evil until this interview.
We know it has been a while, but can you tell us a little bit about the shootings of Biohazard videos? First, how did you get involved in it?
It was a long time ago when I was living in Japan. The shooting took two days. One day in a studio for the helicopter scenes and all night shoot by a river in an area about 20km outside of Tokyo.
There was also one or two days being made into Barry, getting fitted out for the clothes, rehearsing and hair cuts etc.
I was found by one of the producers while walking down the street in Rappongi in Tokyo. I was living in Tokyo teaching at the time on a one year exchange from Australia.
We know the videos have been recorded in Japan. How did the shootings occurr? When and where? Is there any fun fact you can tell us about it?
Yes that’s right it was all done in Japan, the actors were from the USA and Australia.
The shootings were all planned and rehearsed and directed so as they matched up with the game.
The shooting took place in August / September 1995.
Not to many fun facts, it was great fun shooting the action parts of running through the long grass shooting guns etc at the wild dogs.
The dogs were Doberman and they were super friendly in real life. They spent most of the time sitting on our laps being patted. They were lovely animals.
Barry only got to fire his gun two or three times as the firing mechanism broke and it wouldn’t work. I was really disappointed that my gun stopped working.
Were you aware that you were involved in a videogame project? What were the expectations for its launch back then?
Yes we were aware at the time that we were going to be part of a video game but we really didn’t have anything to do with it once filming was finished.
After they paid me I never heard from them again.
The launch happened without any interaction from me as Barry.
CAPTAIN ALBERT WESKER
CREDITED AS ERIC
REAL NAME : ERIC PIRIUS
FOUND BY SAM SCOTT
THE 21TH OF OCTOBER 2017
Eric : "Wow that's a blast from the past, yes that was me.it was hot, humid and dark. We weren't sure of what was going on. We didn't have a solid idea of the story board. We were told to run in a direction and look terrifed. There were some loud bangs but no dogs or helcopters of course. It was 20 years ago so my memory was hazy."
Fred : "Wearing sunglasses at night that is very cool but were you able to see anything?"
Eric : "Rough outlines there was a lot of smoke and lights. We were running around it was pretty confusing"
(Maybe more later...)
CREDITED AS LINDA
REAL NAME :LINDA X
FOUND BY FRED DERF
THE 18TH OF MARCH 2019
Fred : "Hello Linda, I'm contacting you because I believe that you are one of the uncredited actress who played the character
Rebecca Chambers in the japanese videogame Known as Bio Hazard and Resident Evil overseas, the filming occured in Tokyo, during the year
1995.You can check out the making of and live cutscenes there.You will remain anonymous as long as you wish it, and keep your
privacy.Thanks very much for your time !"
Linda: "Hi Fred! What a surprise,you know, I’ve never seen this so it was so nice to finally get a chance to see it! I was really young when
I did the shoot and never saw half of my work. So thank you!"
Fred : "Could you tell us what you remember about the filming
and how you got the job ?"
"I will tell you one thing, the job was loads of fun!
Back in the day this kind of stuff was still fairly
advanced and high tech.I remember going to the shoot
and they had these amazing man made machine Dobermans.
They were really lifelike. I also was blonde!!
My hair wasn’t the right color for the job so they dyed it!!
They spray painted it some pinkish brown color:))
I remember the staff being very kind. It was a nice job. Easy.
The Japanese are generally extremely kind. Being a foreigner,
white blonde, skinny with blue eyes in the 90's was dreamy.
I won’t lie, you get a lot of attention and people just love you!
So I felt very happy in japan. Life was easy. I went to 10-15 casting
everyday. So I have no idea when I saw them or if they went directly
with our agency and only choose model with our agency.There was a
casting sheet in the model van We would drive around from morning till
dawn every single day.. usually from 10 until 8 pm.. going on castings
auditions.The sheet would be very basic. 10:00 lingerie. 12:00 magazine:
13:00 commercial for morinaga and so on.. There were regular clients
and huge cattle calls. Hair jobs. Catalog jobs."
Fred : "Very interesting insight.The director of the game said that during the
filming by night near the Tama river,Inezh
the other actress was supposed to have been stung by mosquitos,
do you remember this ?"
Linda :"I don’t remember the mosquitos. Generally mosquitos aren’t such a problem
in Japan but in parks I guess so."
Fred : "Do you remember the season ? Fall ? Charlie told me that it could've been
filmed during fall but it's hard to remember for sure."
Linda : "It was a nice day. Sunny. Not too cold. So it was either the beginning of
siding or the end of spring. Maybe beginning of fall.I was outside and it
Fred : "You have a good memory ! Do you remember anything about Jason and Inezh ?
Maybe you remember their accent,I guess everyone was talking in english on set,
I mean the actors talking with each other."
Linda "I think it was American.They were nice.I was a lot younger so I remember
them looking like adults compared to me. I had smaller bones. I was thin.
She was taller.I was still very young.I felt they were older and our
roles were different so much in the shoot we weren’t together."
Fred : "Did you know that this videogame became a huge and popular franchise, one of the
best selling worldwide ?(This question is dedicated to the people who still call
us stalkers and creeps)."
Linda : " I had no idea. I didn’t even remember that I was in it until you showed up 😅I went in to do other jobs.So many jobs.Sony.Toshiba.Car commercials.
But i loved my time in Japan.Best years of my life."
(Maybe more later...Will ask your questions if I get the chance to talk to her again, this interview was really a lightning in a bottle.)
Inezh is in this japanese commercial, thanks to Sam Scott for the heads up.
(Still wrongly credited as Jason Wool on Imdb)
Thanks to Sam Scott for spotting it.
CONFIRMED VOICE ACTORS
JILL VALENTINE -????
CHRIS REDFIELD/NARRATOR - RAMSAY SCOTT McCULLOCH
JOSEPH FROST - ???
ALBERT WESKER - PABLO KUNTZ
Sergio Alarcon was wrongly but understandably credited as Wesker's voice for years, he was mentioned by Lynn Eve Harris as one of the voice actors and he said yes when he was asked if he voiced Wesker, but he also mentioned recording radio transmissions dialogues.In fact Pablo Kuntz did the voice of Wesker and confirmed it too.Pablo's voice is the one that was used for Wesker, it is a no brainer, just listen to him :
THANKS TO DR RAICHI FOR FIXING THIS ONE.
He came to Japan in 1992
You can visit his website at/ http://new.uniquejapan.com/home/
BARRY BURTON - BARRY GJERDE (Oddbjørn Egil Gjerde)
REBECCA CHAMBERS/TRIGGERING SYSTEM VOICE - LYNN E.HARRIS
BRAD VICKERS - SERGIO ALARCON
Sergio recalls that he voiced a character talking during radio transmissions.
He mentioned it during an interview there :
This detail makes him the best candidate for Brad.
RICHARD AIKEN - CLAY ALARCON (To Be Confirmed)
ENRICO MARINI - DEAN HARRINGTON
"RESIDENT EVIL" ANNOUNCEMENT CHARACTERS NAMES - WARD SEXTON
Birth Of Biohazard vhsrip with correct ratio :
In 2006 I've contacted Lynn E. Harris and asked her about the voice and live actors.This is an autograph she sent.Lynn
was helpful because she provided few names from the voice
acting team, she is very hard to reach these days.
You have once again entered the world of survival horror.
Good luck !