Reuben Langdon

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Reuben Langdon
Born (1975-07-19) July 19, 1975 (age 46)
Alaska, U.S.
Occupation
  • Stuntman
  • voice actor
Years active1996–present

Reuben Christopher Langdon (born July 19, 1975) is an American stuntman and voice actor.[1] He has provided the voice and motion capture for video game characters including Dante in the Devil May Cry series (starting from Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening), Ken Masters in the Street Fighter series (since Street Fighter IV) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Chris Redfield in Resident Evil - Code: Veronica, Resident Evil 5, and Resident Evil 6.

Early life[edit]

Reuben Christopher Langdon was born in Alaska on July 19, 1975, and grew up in Georgia.[2]

Career[edit]

Langdon began acting in Japan in B-Fighter Kabuto.[3] Some action scenes from the show were reused in the US show Beetleborgs Metallix. Langdon moved to Hong Kong, where he continued to work on films.

He had a cameo role in Power Rangers Time Force in 2001 and performed a number of stunts in Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy and Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue. Langdon has done stunts for television including CSI: Miami and Dexter. Besides these, he has done stunts in movies such as The Medallion, Spider-Man 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Night at the Museum 2, Ant-Man, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Avatar.

Langdon's sound performances are done mainly in Capcom video games. He first voiced Dante in Devil May Cry 3 and reprised the role in Devil May Cry 4, Devil May Cry 5 and Marvel vs. Capcom series (since Marvel vs. Capcom 3). Langdon dubbed characters in the English Devil May Cry anime series. In addition, he voiced Ken Masters, the narrator of Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind.

For Devil May Cry 3, Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 5, Langdon also did the motion capture for certain scenes.[4] During the development of Devil May Cry 3, Langdon found that doing the motion capture of Dante was difficult to the multiple moves the character makes. Langdon often discussed with the staff about Dante's characterization that was different from the original one as they wanted "a different spin." Eventually, Langdon decided to do his own rendition of Dante as he was confused with the staff's suggestions. In retrospective, Langdon finds Dante "the most difficult, frustrating and yet rewarding character" he has ever played and stated he grew attached with him.[5] Langdon was told to make Devil May Cry 4's Dante similar to his Devil May Cry 3 persona albeit more mature. Despite the staff's concerns for the difficulties of such portrayal, Langdon had no issues after choosing Roy Focker from the anime series The Super Dimension Fortress Macross as his character model and noting he had almost the same age as Dante during production of the game.[6] Langdon's performance as Dante in Devil May Cry 3 and Devil May Cry 4 received praise by GamesRadar for being the character's best voice actor noting that the two previous actors did not fit the character well.[7]

Langdon has also done stunt work for the Uncharted series and The Last of Us (including stunt-work for its companion game Left Behind) where he played the character James, both games working opposite Nolan North. Through his work with the motion capture studio Just Cause Productions, he has been a part of the motion-capture process for many games developed around the world, such as the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3.[8]

Langdon also stars in Shuta Sueyoshi and ISSA song music video called Over "Quartzer", which also serves as Kamen Rider Zi-O opening theme song.

While filming a documentary in Guatemala in February 2019, the car Langdon and Steve Copeland were in was shot at.[9][10] The gunman then tried to break into the vehicle and opened fire again as the pair sped away.[11]

Recognition[edit]

GamesRadar called Reuben Langdon Dante's best voice actor (in Devil May Cry 3 and 4), noting that the two other actors did not fit the character well.[12] Anime News Network agreed, saying that it made the character far more likable in the anime series despite flaws in its writing.[13] IGN concurred, finding Langdon a better actor than Toshiyuki Morikawa due to his experience with the series.[14]

Controversy[edit]

In 2019, Langdon received criticism for comments he made during a guest appearance on a live stream.[15] Discussing the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, he said, "These movements get sort of hijacked when the motives start going a little too far, and then logic goes out the window, and you start getting people talking about being sexually harassed because of a hug. [...] Some people are going to take this the wrong way, but we need to let go of the past."[15] He then stated that he did not believe the multiple sexual harassment allegations against fellow voice actor Vic Mignogna,[15] and falsely claimed that there was "still no evidence" of the collusion between the Russian government and then-U.S. President Donald Trump, stating, "I'm not a Trump supporter or hater, I look at the evidence."[15] Around the same time, it was revealed that he also believed in the far-right pro-Trump conspiracy theory known as QAnon,[15] which has been widely debunked.[16][17][18] In response to an article on the controversy by Newsweek, he accused Newsweek of bias against him, claimed that they cherry-picked quotes from his live stream appearance, and said that they made up "a narrative to serve [their] clear bias" in discussions on QAnon; he also took issue with them reporting on his controversies instead of the incident in which he was shot at in Guatemala.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Langdon claims to have had his first UFO sighting in the late 2000s, which sparked his interest in ufology and the paranormal.[20] He has since spent time researching extraterrestrials, and is the creator and host of the web show Interview With E.D. (Extra-Dimensionals).[20][21] In 2013, he co-produced a five-day event called the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event brought together over 40 people, mostly ex-government and military, to testify in front of six former U.S. Congress members in a mock congressional hearing about the possibility of aliens interacting with humans.[20] He has claimed that this event is the most comprehensive body of evidence and testimony delivered to the public on the subject of aliens.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Stunts in film and television
Year Series Notes Source
2006 Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Pilot episode
2007 Drive-Thru
2007 Dexter Stunt double for Michael C. Hall
10 Episodes
Uncredited
2009 The Butcher Stunt double for Eric Roberts

Television[edit]

Acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes Source
2008 The Medallion Henchman Credited as Reuben Christopher Langdon
2008 Ninja Cheerleaders Sailor Uncredited
2011 The Green Hornet Crackhead
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Ken Masters (voice) Cameo [22]
2012-2013 Kickin' It Zeke's Man, Mailman
2015 Ant-Man Lab Guard
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Onslaught (voice) Uncredited
2017 Sleepless Passenger

Animation[edit]

English dubbing performances in animated series
Year Anime Role Notes Source
2008 Devil May Cry: The Animated Series Dante Credited as Justin Cause
2009 Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind Ken Masters
2010 Monster Detective Zanda Ep. "The Monster's Afterimage"

Video games[edit]

Year Videogame Role Notes Source
2003 Grand Chase Azin
2005 Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Dante Also Motion Capture [22]
2008 Devil May Cry 4 Also Motion Capture [22]
2008 Street Fighter IV Ken Masters English Dub [22]
2008 Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy Motion Capture for Jason Bourne
2009 Resident Evil 5 Dave Johnson Also Motion Capture for Chris Redfield [22]
2010 Super Street Fighter IV Ken Masters English Dub [22]
2010 Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes Date Masamune English Dub [23]
2011 Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Dante English Dub
2011 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Dante English Dub
2012 Street Fighter X Tekken Ken Masters English Dub [22]
2013 The Last of Us Unnamed soldier, James, clicker [22]
2013 Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population
2016 Street Fighter V Ken Masters English Dub [22]
2017 Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Dante [22]
2018 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Ken Masters English Dub [22]
2019 Resident Evil 2 Additional voices English Dub [22]
2019 Devil May Cry 5 Dante English Dub
Also Motion Capture
[22]
2019 Teppen Dante English Dub [24]
2020 The Last of Us Part II Mike
2021 Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster Dante English Dub [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powell, Mike (8 January 2015). "Action Figure". Grandstand. Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ https://reubenlangdon.com/reuben-stars-in-b-fighter-kabuto/
  3. ^ "Interviews with MvC3 Voice Actors". Capcom. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. ^ Wesley Yin-Poole (14 January 2013). "Gamer Chat Weekly Episode 27". URGaming. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ Willoughby, Shane (27 August 2011). "Dante Speaks! An Interview With Reuben Langdon". The Gaming Liberty. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ Langdon, Reuben (14 January 2013). "DMC4 Nero". Youtube. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  7. ^ Fanelli, Jason (4 April 2013). "Losing your voice - 10 characters that changed actors". GamesRadar. Archived from the original on 31 July 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  8. ^ Gude, Roger (31 May 2009). "A Q&A with Reuben Langdon". Blast Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  9. ^ https://ww.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156999033114493&id=710679492
  10. ^ https://www.eventhubs.com/news/2019/feb/17/voice-actor-ken-masters-and-devil-may-crys-dante-uninjured-nearly-killed-car-robbery-attempt/
  11. ^ "Here is a little more detail on what happened in regard to the shooting. #shiftoftheages #VOTA #visionoftheagespic.twitter.com/GkJ2Pjwxy6". @ReubenLangdon. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  12. ^ Fanelli, Jason (4 April 2013). "Losing your voice - 10 characters that changed actors". GamesRadar. Archived from the original on 31 July 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Devil May Cry DVD - Complete Box Set". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "Devil May Cry Level 3 Review". IGN. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d e Asarch, Steven (March 18, 2019). "'Devil May Cry 5' Voice Actors Deal With Controversial YouTube Videos". Newsweek. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  16. ^ Hernandez, Salvador (August 15, 2018). "Russian Trolls Spread Baseless Conspiracy Theories Like Pizzagate And QAnon After The Election". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  17. ^ Hall, Ellie (August 2, 2018). "What Is QAnon? Here's What You Need To Know About The Baseless Mega-Conspiracy Theory: For the most part, the nonsensical conspiracy theory's adherents were largely confined to fever-swamp corners of the internet. That is changing, and things are getting dangerous". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  18. ^ Itkowitz, Colby; Stanley-Becker, Isaac; Rozsa, Lori; Bade, Rachael (August 20, 2020). "Trump praises baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, says he appreciates support of its followers". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  19. ^ Baculi, Spencer (March 19, 2019). "Devil May Cry V Actors Joey Camen and Reuben Langdon Under Fire For Controversial Videos and Opinions". Bleeding Into Comics. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  20. ^ a b c d https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0486047/bio
  21. ^ https://interviewwithed.org
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Reuben Langdon (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  23. ^ Capcom. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes. Capcom. Scene: Ending credits, 0:21 in, CAST.
  24. ^ "CREDIT | TEPPEN -Official Site-". teppenthegame.com. Retrieved July 5, 2019.

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