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One Piece Film: Red is the newest film in the long-running One Piece franchise, due for English dubbed release on the 4th of November.
The story of Film: Red focuses on Uta, the long-estranged childhood friend of Luffy and the adoptive daughter of Shanks. Uta has become a world-famous idol, and the straw hats arrive at her concert alongside her thousands of fans as Gordon, her instructor, and father figure in Shanks’ absence, watches from the sides.
We spoke with Gordon and Uta’s voice actors, the very talented Jim Foronda and AmaLee, about the production, their performances, and their parts in the story of One Piece Film: Red.
What’s it like working on a movie that had so much involvement from Oda himself?
Yeah, absolutely. That was actually going to be my follow-up question, how does it feel to come into a franchise as big as One Piece on a feature film that’s just absolutely kicked it out of the park in terms of visuals, box office, and everything?
Amazing, and the next thing I was gonna hint at was actually something Jim just picked up on there. You’ve been in the show previously, but what is it like coming back to something that you’ve been a part of before, but not quite on the weekly level to the same point as other people but coming back on such a big piece? At a time like this?
The next question is for you, AmaLee, specifically about UTA. Do you think the people in the One Piece universe were expecting an idol with such a presence as Uta to be revealed as the daughter of someone as infamous as Shanks?
Absolutely, class. I love that. Next for Jim, do you think if Gordon hadn’t lied to Uta about her past, would Uta have rejoined Shanks and gone on to join the red-haired pirates and spent more time with Luffy?
Yeah, that’s the way it goes. Absolutely. Next, how much training did it take to hit the low “Do-Re-Mi” notes for Gordon?
Exactly. Then why stop? Okay, the last one I had for AmaLee, given your background with music and everything, what does it feel like getting to play a character that just carries so much emphasis, weight, and importance on music?
And then I got the call that I was cast, and it was a dream come true because I see so much of myself in Uta I mean, she’s an idol that uses these transponder snails to broadcast her singing across the world, which is a little bit like YouTube, it’s a little bit like streaming, so it was kind of really fun. I don’t think I’ve had a character yet that has really been so close to my actual life, like in that kind of way with music. I’ve definitely sung as a singer before, but not that very close to being a YouTuber. So that was really fun. And I love her desperately. She’s such a fun character, and the songs are awesome. And I really admire and respect her love for music. I think we both love music on the same level. So it was really fun, very easy to play. It’s like method acting. Very easy.
Yeah, it felt like that watching the film, as a follow-up, are you gonna be covering the songs?
Hearing directly from the actors really helps us to understand the process of developing a character for the screen. What did you think of this interview? Are you excited to see One Piece Film: Red in theatres? Let us know in the comments![recommendedPost post_id=’355501′ url=” title=” img=” class=” widget_title=”] [recommendedPost post_id=’344886′ url=” title=” img=” class=” widget_title=”] [recommendedPost post_id=’343804′ url=” title=” img=” class=” widget_title=”] [recommendedPost post_id=’343588′ url=” title=” img=” class=” widget_title=”] [recommendedPost post_id=’343373′ url=” title=” img=” class=” widget_title=”]