Troy Baker Says He Didn't Play Rhys in Borderlands 3 Because Gearbox "Wouldn't Go Union"

Troy Baker Says He Didn't Play Rhys in Borderlands 3 Because Gearbox "Wouldn't Go Union"

Baker comments on why he didn't return for Rhys' mainline Borderlands debut.

Borderlands 3 incorporates a lot of the Borderlands mythos, including a few characters from the Telltale Games spinoff Tales from the Borderlands. But while Rhys and others appeared, their voices weren't exactly the same, and recently the original Rhys actor Troy Baker commented on why that is.

It's been known for a while that Baker wouldn't reprise his role as Rhys; Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said on Twitter in April that Baker turned the role down, while Baker replied via OnlySP, saying Gearbox told him he wasn't coming back.

Speaking to VG247, Baker says he Gearbox made it "impossible" for him to do the role, and that the company "would not go about doing it the way that we needed it to be done." When pressed for clarification, on whether this meant scheduling conflicts or something else, Baker says it was a union matter.

"No, it was simply a matter of they wouldn't go union," Baker says. "And I can't do a non-union gig. And without getting too deep into the weeds of that, we had long conversations about this. We always knew going into it, that this was going to be the thing. They were going to take these characters, and put them from the Tales from the Borderlands series from Telltale, into Borderlands proper. I've been waiting for this call. They were like, 'Do you want to do this?' And I said, 'Yes.' They never, because they would never move from that position. I'm not mad. It's invariably a completely different character, but it still stings."

We reached out to Gearbox for comment, but have not heard by time of publication. Baker is a member of SAG-AFTRA, which precludes him from accepting non-union work in order to enforce solidarity. Instead, Ray Chase, voice actor of Noctis from Final Fantasy XV, stepped in for Rhys duties on Borderlands 3.

Be sure to check out guides section if you're playing through Borderlands 3, as we've got all the Shift codes and help you'd need to get good loot. Sadly, none of it will let Baker reprise his role as Rhys in one of Telltale's best series-at least, not for now.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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