How many actors can convincingly play a school nerd, a distinguished old owl, a stoned alien, and nine other roles — all in the space of a few minutes?
Phil LaMarr certainly can, but then he has an advantage: he’s a voice actor. One of the most gifted around. His résumé includes Futurama, Family Guy, Justice League, and the title character in Samurai Jack. In this enlightening video from Vanity Fair, he puts his vocal (and improv) talents to work by bringing 12 different characters to life — with only single drawings for inspiration.
LaMarr’s highly entertaining performances double up as a meta-commentary on how he develops characterization. In a few cases, he plays the character as both a goodie and a baddie, changing his delivery accordingly.