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How did Troy Baker become Pagan Min?

Okay, let’s start at the beginning.  Troy Baker is a voice actor who has voiced several amazingly prolific bits of gaming history.  Bits like The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins, Booker in Bioshock: Infinite, Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Hawkeye in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.  He is also Pagan Min in Far Cry 4, as completely given away by the title of this article.

The interesting part of this all isn’t that he’s Pagan (although I find Pagan very intriguing… and kinda scary), the fun part is how he actually got the part.

According to Troy, he was sitting in the room thinking over how this was going to happen when a casting assistant came in to make sure that the room had enough water and coffee for everyone scheduled to be in there.  At this point, Troy had decided to try channeling Christoph Waltz’s character in Inglourious Basterds, Colonel Hans Landa.  For those that have not see the movie, Landa is a complete and total nazi sociopath and psychopath with strong violent tendencies, in short.

Anyway, the assistant walks in and suddenly has Troy’s attention.  He turns to her, fully into this character that he’s created and says, “I’m sorry, who is this? Who is this walking into this room right now? N-n-n-no no no no, don’t leave. Sit down, have a seat. Please. No no no no, just make yourself comfortable. Would you like some coffee that you brought in, it looks very delicious. Now, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to murder her right in front of you.”

It doesn’t end there.

He continues that he is going to “peel your face off and put it on my own”, as well as a few other icky and inventive phrases that probably made that poor casting assistant want to run screaming in terror from the room… but the casting director?  He loved it.  And if you’ve ever met Pagan, you get why.

Yeah, it seems kind of deranged.  But, it’s brilliant, and he deserved the part if for no other reason than he came up with the character, the personality and the lines right there on the spot, to make everyone in that room sure that he was completely loony enough to play the man that they needed.  Bravo, Troy.