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“Thanks for taking the time and I hope your readers enjoy all the work I do.  I truly appreciate their support!"

--James Arnold Taylor, voice of Green Arrow on Brave & the Bold
Welcome to our EXCLUSIVE interview with voice actor James Arnold Taylor.  James is taking on the role of Green Arrow in the upcoming Batman: The Brave and the Bold Cartoon.  James 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: -Mr. Taylor, you have an impressive animation voice-over resume. I first noticed you as Raimundo in Xaoilin Showdown, but you've also had such as Obi-Wan in the Clone Wars tv series and movie and Captain Cold in the Justice League: New Frontier film. How did you get your start in voice acting?


JAMES: At age 16, I started as a Stand-Up Comic.  Within a year, I got into Radio where I had success as a Disc Jockey and a Commercial Production Director, which taught me the skills of copy writing, studio engineering, and voice and mic techniques.  From there, I moved into Syndicated Radio producing over 8000 comedy bits for over 3000 radio stations across the country and produced shows worldwide.  Radio was my learning ground and gave me a good resume to start diverting my career to my real aspiration of Voice-Over.  I created demos, sent them out to LA agencies, and the ball kept rolling from there.


LOG: You've done a number of Dc Comics related voice roles now, the newest being Green Arrow in the upcoming Batman: Brave and the Bold series on Cartoon Network. Is there a reason you gravitate towards these types of roles? Are you a fan of the characters?


JAMES:
Since I was a young boy, I have always been an avid reader of comic books/graphic novels.  In fact, when teaching voice-over for animation, I encourage students to get comic books and read them out loud to learn to create different character voices.  The writing in comic books lends itself perfectly to this and it's, of course, a lot of fun.


LOG: As fans, we've come to expect a high level of acting from your work. What type of research went into playing Green Arrow? Did you pick up any of the comics? What can you tell us about your take on the Oliver Queen character?


JAMES: Again, as a comic book reader/collector, I still have all my old comic books; a large portion of them being Green Lantern/Green Arrow.  They were a great team and I have always been drawn to Green Arrow, as he, like Batman, accomplishes extraordinary tasks as an ordinary human. 


LOG: Can you tell us how many episodes you've recorded as Green Arrow for the Brave and the Bold series so far?


JAMES: A little over half a dozen so far.  Without revealing too much, I think it's safe to say that Batman and Green Arrow have a good time giving each other a bad time.


LOG: Have you been able to see any of the Brave and the Bold episodes? If so, what is your take on the show? How do you feel Diedrich Bader does as the voice of Batman and how is the cast chemistry?


JAMES: I have seen only a portion of one of the first episodes while in an ADR session and I really think audiences will dig the look.  I think Diedrich is perfectly cast in this series.  Originally I, like many other voice actors, came in to audition for Batman and when I was in the waiting room, Diedrich walked in and I said to myself, "Wow, he fits the description perfectly.  I should leave right now."  Of course I'm glad I read, as it may have helped in getting the role of Green Arrow, but again, the role is tailored to his voice, delivery, and perfect timing.  The rest of the cast and guest stars have been excellent as well.  I'm truly blessed to work in voice-over with so many fun, talented people.


LOG: Do you have any other interesting projects on the horizon?


JAMES: There is always something fun and interesting for me to do in voice-over on a daily basis, such as my work on Fox or The Tonight Show.  There is of course the recent release of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars feature film, as well as the new TV series on Cartoon Network, which I've been fortunate enough to provide the voices of two fantastic characters:  Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Plo Koon.  There is also an animated film called Foodfight! that should be coming to theaters soon, as well as some DVD releases within the next year or so, like Drawn Together the Movie and Bionicle.  Commercial work as Fred Flintstone always keep me busy, but to stay the most current, people can always check out my website at JamesArnoldTaylor.com where I try to provide info on all the latest projects.

James also included this note to the readers at Legions of Gotham:

Thanks for taking the time and I hope your readers enjoy all the work I do.  I truly appreciate their support! Best, James
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