Gilbert Gottfried claims he's voicing the lead in Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar responds cheekily

According to The Noble Eskimo, a now-removed tweet from actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried claimed that he's been picked up by Rockstar as the lead voice in GTA 5.

According to the site, the piezoelectric-toned actor tweeted, "just found out I'm voicing the lead in grand theft auto 5! also I hate japan lol." When contacted for a statement, Rockstar North apparently responded with a poster for the 1990 film 'Problem Child,' which Gottfried appeared in.

Gottfried's comment about Japan was in reference to an earlier tweet about the recent earthquake, which many deemed insensitive. He later tweeted that he "sincerely apologized" if his attempt at humor offended anyone.

Gottfried seems pretty unlikely for the lead role in GTA V (which, by the way, hasn't been officially announced, but does it really need to be?), but we could see him taking a side role for comedic effect. A 'source,' however, has apparently told The Noble Eskimo that Rockstar will be taking a more serious tone in GTAV, and was impressed by Gottfried's portrayal of Iago in Disney's Aladdin. Ha ha?

Perhaps Rockstar's reference to Problem Child is an indication that it is working with Gottfried, and that his recent controversial statements have made the film's title a fitting moniker for the actor. Perhaps watching the film will reveal more clues? I hope not, because I sure as hell don't want that beat.

It's just as likely, however, that the tweet was a joke, and that Rockstar demanded its removal before rumors began circulating. Too late. Thanks for the silly article, Gottfried, Rockstar, and The Noble Eskimo!


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[Source: The Noble Eskimo]

Mar 21, 2011





  • SirNinja - March 25, 2011 4:04 a.m.

    @sfh121993 The next generation of consoles is still a long ways away. Plus, if the Elder Scrolls 4 and 5 can be on one generation, then GTA 4 and 5 can :P
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - March 23, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    The more serious tone taken by GTA 4 made it boring and bland and now GTA 5 is goung to take an even more serious tone, remember when GTA games used to be fun?
  • Japanaman - March 22, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    Hi, I'm Gilbert Godfried and you're watching USA... UP... All Night... with commercials by AFLACK!!! Oh, geez. Why? Is RockStar trying to kill their fanbase? Couldn't this have been an April Fool's announcement?
  • e1337prodigy - March 22, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    what i find more disturbing is that an actor would actually tweet "also I hate japan lol." and would love to know what his earlier tweet was "Gottfried's comment about Japan was in reference to an earlier tweet about the recent earthquake, which many deemed insensitive. He later tweeted that he "sincerely apologized" if his attempt at humor offended anyone." I don't see what is humorous about it at all.
  • 435 - March 22, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    I hope the GTAV protagonist is female, and Gilbert voices one of your potential suitors.
  • AGENTJORRRG - March 22, 2011 5:06 a.m.

  • KarateJezus - March 22, 2011 2:17 a.m.

    Doesn't Gilbert have a condition that makes him squint at everything?
  • Shagnasty - March 22, 2011 2:16 a.m.

    I came upon a 7 year old too.
  • Im2awesome - March 22, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    Whats with the update? Please tell me I didnt just get trolled into watching that clip, cause I need the 3:48 of my life that I wasted back.
  • palaeomerus - March 22, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    Noble Eskimo does game news parody don't they? Sort of like a wanna-be Onion for video game news. They were the same people who did mock stories on bubonic plague turning up at PAX East. The whole thing is them doing a joke about Rockstar courting controversy.
  • Spybreak8 - March 22, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    Hehe he's got an unique voice work that's for sure.
  • blakebeauchamp - March 22, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    Gilbert has an off air voice (thank god) but honestly I would be fine with either. He should be (or would be) and interesting character.
  • oddprophet - March 21, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    Well it IS april the first...Soon...
  • therawski - March 21, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    Admit it! In a Disney movie he made you laugh as a child as a Talking Parrot!, Grand Theft Agrabah!
  • Redeater - March 21, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    Also @sfh121993 Normally I would agree but with rumors of a 2015 date for the next gen consoles......I'm willing to recieve another GTA on this console rather then wait for 3+ years. :)
  • Redeater - March 21, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    I lol'd at this. I really want to hear a soundclip with him saying TEETAYS.
  • Cleanser247 - March 21, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Who really knows? I can't wait to see who it is though : )
  • tiben36 - March 21, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    lolwut i heard snoop dogg voicing the main character's brother, who's the whitest kid on the street
  • sfh121993 - March 21, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    I still dont think GTA V should be released this gen. it needs to wait another generation like all of the other official installment (numbered). It should be a GTA: (insert location here) if you ask me
  • RODTheMaster - March 21, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    Apparently the man has a "normal, off-air voice," a voice that Howard Stern refers to as a serial killer voice. Doesn't sound so bad to me.

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