Grand Theft Auto 5 voice talent includes real gang members

Rockstar writer and producer stresses the importance of authenticity

Grand Theft Auto 5 will feature the voice talent of real world gang members, according to a writer and producer working on the project.

In pursuit of authenticity, Rockstar contributing writer, producer and former radio host Lazlow Jones says the studio employed real gang members to contribute voice acting.


"When we record all these ambient characters we go towards authenticity," Lazlow told Chicago radio station WGN.

"In the game there's these rival gangs. There's Black gangs, Latino gangs... we recruited a guy who gets gang members, actual real gang members, like El Salvadoran gang dudes with amazing tattoos, one of which had literally gotten out of prison the day before."

According to Lazlow, scripts would be abandoned if the voice actors suggested they were off the mark. "There's a lot of sessions where we would just throw the script on the floor," he said.

Recruiting gang members is preferable to employing an actor, Lazlow continued. "There's nothing worse than that, so just go find the terrifying people and say 'can you come in here please?'"

Rockstar released a series of new GTA 5 screenshots overnight, ahead of the game's global September 17 launch for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Two weeks later Rockstar will roll out GTA Online, a multiplayer component which we described in an exclusive preview as "the most exciting development in GTA history".