This was one of my favorite decisions made by the actors and ANet. There was a lot of criticism of Trahearne (some well deserved, some not so much). I attributed much of it to Trahearne being such a Debbie Downer (rather than a Debi Derryberry): things never end well with him, which is exactly the opposite of what you want from a Pact Marshall (even if the dude is conflicted about his own role, he should be confident-ish in front of the troops).
Matthew Brenher agreed to re-record a lot of his bits, as well as do the voices for some of the color dialogue in Silverwastes and the Rebuilt LA. He went from being one of the most disappointing actors in the game (for me) to one of the best. (Example: hang out by LA’s mystic forge and listen for an Asura remarking on the amount of weapons that Zommy is collecting.)
Big thanks to ANet and Brenher for making this happen.
In my opinion, our biggest failings with Trahearne at launch were that his dialog was inconsistent and that we gave him bad direction in the VO booth (my fault, not the VO director’s). Matthew Brenher is a fine actor who has range. His initial deliveries, coupled with some lackluster “first draft” lines, came off as flat. I’m glad we were able to go back and fix some of those things. I’m also happy that we wrote better dialog for him in Season 2 that made him more relatable, friendly.
Thanks for the kind words. Means a lot.
(edited by BobbyStein.2315)