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Grand Theft Auto 5's gangs are voiced by real gang members, producer Lazlow Jones has revealed – including one who was released from prison the day before recording.

"When we record all these ambient characters that are in the world we go towards authenticity," Lazlow told US radio station WGN. "So in the game, part of the element of the story is that there's rival gangs.

"There's black gangs, there's Latino gangs, and we recruited a guy who gets gang members, like actual gang members, real gang members. I mean, El Salvadorian gang dudes with amazing tattoos and one of which literally had gotten out of prison the day before. And we brought these guys in to record the gang characters because you know, you don't want a goofy LA actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member. There's nothing worse than that."

Lazlow believes the answer is to "find the real terrifying people and say, can you come in here please.

"And they look at the lines and they say, 'I wouldn't say that. If I was upset at another gang, I wouldn't say that'. So... say what you would say. Authenticity, you know?

"There's a lot of sessions that we would have where we would just throw the script on the floor and be like, this thing we wrote is irrelevant, let's just work out something real."

Despite recruiting gang members to deliver some lines of dialogue, though, Lazlow confirmed that there will still be celebrities involved in the game, but refused to name which.

New information on GTA 5 is expected to be revealed at 5pm this evening, with the game launching in two weeks time on September 17.


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Mrharlem187's Avatar


Trying to get a gang together 2 play online I'm trying to find a loyal group hit my gang up on the rockstar website.. Outlaw immortal
Posted 06:34 on 05 September 2013
Drober12's Avatar


Did they get cops to voice cops too?
Posted 22:57 on 04 September 2013
Bloodstorm's Avatar


They must be but they must also be extremely careful with the dialogue.
Posted 12:25 on 04 September 2013
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FantasyMeister@ Bloodstorm

I wonder if Rockstar were aware of that?
Posted 12:21 on 04 September 2013
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Put it this way, consultants ended up dead after some of the more hardcore Mexican mafia gang members weren't happy with the way that they were portrayed.
Posted 12:20 on 04 September 2013
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FantasyMeister@ Bloodstorm

Nope, do tell.
Posted 12:17 on 04 September 2013
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Do you guys remember a film called "American Me" and what happen after it premiered?
Posted 12:11 on 04 September 2013
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timidmeow@ FantasyMeister

I guess you're right.
I just don't know how I feel about it.
Posted 23:06 on 03 September 2013
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FantasyMeister@ timidmeow

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels had real gangsters in it and it worked ok for them, and seeing as all these guys aren't in jail (just) it only seems fair to give them some honest work.
Posted 23:03 on 03 September 2013
timidmeow's Avatar


On one hand, authenticity.
But on the other hand, different fingers.
No really on the other hand even more glorifying of gang culture, which I see enough where I live. One thing to have gang members as characters in a game, but maybe another thing to allow them to be voice actors for the game...? I don't know. Not that kids are aspiring to be the voice actors for games anyway, at least none that I know of.
Posted 23:02 on 03 September 2013
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Nah, this news came some time before the 5:00 target. I think it might of been a BS rumour all we got were more boring screen shots. Not to worry though, i'm more than sure we have all seen a enough to know how great this game is gonna be. I'm happy to leave it all to the 17th now. I like suprises :-)
Posted 19:51 on 03 September 2013
essex1212's Avatar


And this is news?

There are gangsters in The what honestly.
Posted 19:43 on 03 September 2013
Batmamerc's Avatar


Hope there not unhappy with the characters there voice goes towards then, good that there been authentic though something only rockstar would do.
Posted 19:41 on 03 September 2013
reaver's Avatar


Awesome news! We don't want this to happen right?
Posted 16:55 on 03 September 2013

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Release Date: 18/11/2014
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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