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Episode #19 – Dan Donohue, Part 1: Shriv from Battlefront II

Talking about his Shakespearean roots, The Lion King, becoming Shriv and the Star Wars role he DIDN'T get

Dan Donohue is the accomplished actor who brought one of BattleFront II’s breakout characters, Shriv Suurgav. He has been a member of the Oregeon Shakespeare Festival for 11 seasons and played Scar on Broadway and in the national touring production of Julie Taymor’s The Lion King. Dan has recently been seen on television in the CBS All Access series, Strange Angels and the Amazon Prime Original, For All Mankind. While Star Wars fans know him for his video game work as the cantankerous Duros, Shriv, he has also played roles in Skyrim (as Teldryn Sero), Wolfenstein II, Fallout 4, Halo 5 and Spider-Man. A character actor, he’s appeared in Chicago P.D., Fear the Walking Dead and Scream Queens.

On this first part of a two-part episode, we dig into his early acting career, his time in the Lion King and how he was inspired by Star Wars to become an actor. On an episode that often is interrupted by absurd humor and laughs, Dan also shares what went into becoming Shriv, how he got the role and the benefits to having a “pleasantly unpleasant” voice. He even shares info on a Star Wars role he auditioned for but didn’t get.

2:30 Shakespeare calling
5:45 Scar in The Lion King
10:45 Zazu and Threepio
12:30 The Star Wars role he didn’t get
16:00 Classic actors in Star Wars
20:30 The importance of story
24:00 Dan’s first time … seeing Star Wars
26:45 Exploring the rich history of an Expanded Universe
33:45 Now he’s IN the Universe
37:30 Becoming Shriv
44:00 Getting to know Shriv and the rest of Battle Front II
46:00 Meeting Mark Hamill
47:30 Voice acting vs. On-Camera
49:30 Benefits of the “Creepy” pleasantly unpleasant voice
55:15 Creating Shriv and Shriv fans

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