I think we have all heard about the controversy surrounding Bayonetta 3 at the moment, but for those that don’t know, Hellena Taylor – the voice of Bayonetta in Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 – released a statement calling fans to Boycott the release of the latest release due to them giving her a pretty “insulting” offer of $4,000 dollars to voice the character.
A few days later, Bloomberg released an article stating that PlatinumGames in fact offered Taylor between $3,000 and $4,000 per session for at least five sessions, leaving fans questioning her honesty.
Here’s what Hellena Taylor had to say about the situation:
It has come to my attention that some people are calling me a liar and golddigger. I feel the need to defend myself and my reputation in the industry.
As I posted on part three of my video thread. I explained that their first offer was too low. That offer was 10,000 dollars total. Remember, this is 450 million dollar franchise, (not counting merchandise.) I then wrote in Japanese to Hideki Kamiya, asking for what I was worth. I thought that as a creative, he would understand. He replied saying how much he valued my contribution to the game and how much the fans wanted me to voice the game. I was then offered an extra 5,0000! So, I declined to voice the game. I then heard nothing from them for 11 months. They then offered me a flat fee to voice some lines for 4,000 dollars. Any other lies, such as 4,000 for 5 sessions are total fabrications. There were not “extensive negotiations.”
I’ve also been informed of ridiculous fictions, such as I asked for 250,000 dollars. I am a team player. I was just asking for a fair, living wage in line with the value that I bring to this game. I was paid a shockingly low total of £3000 total for the first game. A little more for the second. I wanted to voice her. I have drummed up interest in this game ever since I started on Twitter in 2011.”
Interesting, right? Bayonetta 3 is set to release later this week.
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