Roger Craig Smith has revealed that he chose to step away from voicing Sonic the Hedgehog, and was not a result of SEGA decision-making.
In an interview with Voices from Krypton, the voice actor – whose other roles have ranged from Batman to Assassin’s Creed’s Ezio Auditore to Bugsnax’s Snorpy Fizzlebean – said that he felt he had naturally given as much as he could to SEGA’s blue-blur mascot. The timing simply felt right for him to step away and explore new roles, he suggested.
Asked about the reason for his departure, Roger said, “I think my response would be “it’s just one of those things.” It’s a time in looking at the way things are being handled and the way that you are, where you’re at, and what you kind of want to deal with, and do. And I found myself going, ‘I think it’s time. I think it’s time to be done.'”
Of course, when news broke of Roger Craig Smith leaving the role of Sonic (which we originally reported on here), many commentators believed that he had been fired by SEGA as part of an overall cast change. The actor addressed this as well.
I know people are sort of surprised and shocked by it, and it was like “yeah”, and I’ve seen all the speculation that were like, “voice actors don’t walk away, he was fired!
It’s interesting the perception that people have, and we get this all the time; like, it’s amazing how all the experts that are out there that have nothing to do with this industry that make all of these assumptions, you know, ‘this is how this works and this is what this does’…
You know, after a while you do things and start going ‘I think I’m very pleased and I’m very proud and I’m very happy with what has happened there,’ and I think it’s time to say, ‘I don’t want to keep doing this.’
Some people would be like, “why?” and it’s like, “it doesn’t have to make sense to you.” It’s perfectly good sense to me and it was the right thing to do, and I’m happy to have done it.’
You will be sorely missed, Roger! If you haven’t checked it out already, give our recent opinion article a ‘spin’ which celebrates Roger Craig Smith’s ten-year tenure as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog.