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GTA V features voiceovers from real-life gang members, confirms Lazlow Jones

on 3 September 2013

Grand Theft Auto V writer and popular talk show host Lazlow Jones has revealed that the next chapter in Rockstar’s crime saga will feature dialogue voiced by real-life gang members.

Speaking to WGN, Jones revealed that the former gangsters were recruited for GTA V for authenticity purposes, including one chap who was released from prison one day prior to recording.

"When we record all these ambient characters that are in the world we go towards authenticity," he said. "So in the game, part of the element of the story is that there's rival gangs.

"There's black gangs, there's Latino gangs, and we recruited a guy who gets gang members, like actual gang members, real gang members. I mean, El Salvadorian gang dudes with amazing tattoos and one of which literally had gotten out of prison the day before. And we brought these guys in to record the gang characters because you know, you don't want a goofy LA actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member. There's nothing worse than that."

As such, Jones feels the answer is to “find the real terrifying people and say, can you come in here please.

“And they look at the lines and say, ‘I wouldn’t say that. If I was upset at another gang, I wouldn’t say that.’ So…say what you would say. Authenticity, you know?

“There’s a lot of sessions that we would have where we would just throw the script on the floor and be like, this thing we wrote is irrelevant, let’s just work out something real.”

Elsewhere, Jones confirmed that GTA V will feature contributions from celebrities, though wouldn’t elaborate any further.

Lazlow Jones has portrayed an exaggerated version of himself in the GTA series since 2001, where he hosted GTA III’s Chatterbox FM. He also hosted Vice City’s ‘V-Rock’ and returned in GTA IV on Integrity 2.0, though his in-game role for GTA V remains unclear.

Jones has written much of the dialogue for NPCs throughout the series, and co-written/produced all radio stations in past games.

GTA V is scheduled to ship for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17.