Last month, we reported on the departure of popular Sonic voice actor, Roger Craig Smith. Many speculated whether his leave was a personal decision, or a creative shakeup from the house of Sonic. This week, Roger was interviewed by Voices from Krypton to set the record straight.
When asked about his departure, Roger Craig Smith simply said it was about time, stating:
I know people are sort of surprised and shocked by it, and it was like “yeah”, and I’ve seen all the speculation that were like, “voice actors don’t walk away, he was fired!
It’s interesting the perception that people have, and we get this all the time; like, it’s amazing how all the experts that are out there that have nothing to do with this industry that make all of these assumptions, you know, ‘this is how this works and this is what this does’…
You know, after a while you do things and start going ‘I think I’m very pleased and I’m very proud and I’m very happy with what has happened there,’ and I think it’s time to say, ‘I don’t want to keep doing this.’
Some people would be like, “why?” and it’s like, “it doesn’t have to make sense to you.” It’s perfectly good sense to me and it was the right thing to do, and I’m happy to have done it.’Roger Craig Smith
Despite the rumors and speculation in the Sonic community, it looks like his departure was from his own volition. He was integral to the success of the franchise, and we’ll miss him dearly.
You can check out his full interview on Voices from Krypton.