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--James Arnold Taylor, voice of Green Arrow on Brave & the Bold
Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE interview with voice actor Jim Piddock.  Jim is taking on the roles of Calendar Man & Watson in the upcoming Batman: The Brave and the Bold Cartoon.  Jim was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to chat with Legions of Gotham regarding this new role....

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LOG: How did you first cross-over from physical to voice acting? How do the two compare for you in the way of preparing for your role?


JIM: I did my first voice over job, which was a commercial, when I was a young actor doing a play on Broadway. Probably a quarter of a century ago now! Since then, I've pretty much done both. Although I didn't do my first animation job until a few years later.

In terms of preparation, voice over acting obviously demands less time. No lines to learn, etc. But you still need to make a number of choices about the character and the intent of every line.



LOG: How familiar are you with Batman and the various Dc Comics characters? Are you yourself a fan?


JIM:
Not familiar at all. As a kid, I was a huge fan of the 1960's tv series starring Adam West, which we got in England. I had all sorts of Bat toys and even dug a Bat cave in our back garden. And I've enjoyed some of the Batman films. Particularly Chris Nolan's recent ones.


LOG:  You're cast as the Calendar Man and Watson in the Brave and the Bold cartoon. Are there any other roles that you've taken on in the show to date? How many episodes have you recorded?


JIM: I did do some smaller roles in both episodes, but I can't for the life of me remember what they were. But, rest assured, my American accent in those small roles was impeccable!


LOG: What can you tell us about your portrayls in the Brave and the Bold? How did you research each character? What can you tell us about each of them?


JIM: Well, I tend to always try and find the funny bone in most things I do. I definitely went with a traditional Watson, right out of the Holmes/Watson catalogue, but I made him rather more stupid and plodding than usual. Calendar Man was a little straighter, but I still wanted to create a super-villain who really wasn't. My original concept was kind of la British version of Wallace Shawn in Woody Allen's "Radio Days", as the Masked Avenger. But I ended up modifying that somewhat. Or a lotwhat actually. And I think I've just invented a word. Lotwhat. I like that.


LOG: Did you see the Dark Knight film this past summer? If so, what was your take on it? What is your personal take on a light-hearted Batman vs. the more recent dark and brooding Batman?


JIM: Oops, already answered that, haven't I. I like both approaches, evidently.


LOG: Do you have anything you'd like to say to the parents, fans and readers at LegionsofGotham .org regarding the new show?


JIM: Yes, I do. Watch it!  Diedrich Bader is great as Batman and, from what I witnessed in the two episodes I did, there are some wonderful supporting/guest actors who lend their voices to the series. And Andrea Romano, the voice director, does a fantastic job getting the best out of all the talent in the room.
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October 2008 - Jim Piddock (the voices of Calendar Man & Watson)