I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that / RIP Douglas Rain

Reply Mon 12 Nov, 2018 01:20 pm

Douglas Rain, the Canadian actor best known as the voice of ship’s HAL 9000 computer in the Stanley Kubrick sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died aged 90. Rain died from natural causes in hospital in Ontario.

Rain was not the first actor cast in the part. Kubrick had originally asked Martin Balsam to provide the computer’s voice, but changed his mind at the last minute, explaining in a 1969 interview that “Marty just sounded a little bit too colloquially American, whereas Rain had the kind of bland mid-Atlantic accent we felt was right for the part”.

Rain had provided the voiceover for a 1960 Canadian science documentary called Universe, which profoundly impressed Kubrick who, according to Rain, watched it almost 100 times. Originally hired to produce voiceover narration, which was later abandoned, Rain recorded the dialogue in 1967 in nine and a half hours, including making 50 different versions of the celebrated Daisy Bell singing sequence that plays as HAL is being disconnected.

  • Topic Stats
  • Top Replies
  • Link to this Topic
Type: Discussion • Score: 6 • Views: 1,742 • Replies: 2
No top replies

Reply Tue 13 Nov, 2018 05:32 am
He voiced some very haunting words.
0 Replies
Reply Tue 13 Nov, 2018 08:44 am
The story of Hal was the high point of the movie for me.
0 Replies

Related Topics

José Saramago, R.I.P. - Discussion by tsarstepan
Brittany Murphy: RIP - Discussion by djjd62
Raquel Welch Dead at 82 - Discussion by jcboy
R.I.P. Madame Secretary Albright - Discussion by jcboy
Sidney Poitier - Discussion by jcboy
Dame Diana Rigg, Deceased at 82 - Discussion by Sturgis
Farewell George H. W. Bush - Question by ehBeth
  1. Forums
  2. » I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that / RIP Douglas Rain
Copyright © 2023 MadLab, LLC :: Terms of Service :: Privacy Policy :: Page generated in 0.03 seconds on 06/01/2023 at 05:12:32