Another Anime Convention hosted a panel of actors from “Fullmetal Alchemist” on Saturday who shared various stories about their time working on the show.
J. Michael Tatum, who voiced the character of Scar from “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” described himself as a “fanboy” of the show. He said that after he got the part, his early line readings for the series would be him reading the line as Scar followed by giggling over the fact that he got the job.
“I’d be skipping home because I got to be in ‘Fullmetal Alchemist,’” he said.
Stephanie Young, who voiced the character of Olivier Armstrong, said that she would get into the tough as nails character by wearing flat boots.
“They made me feel a little tougher,” she said.
Young said it took some getting used to having all the guys call Olivier “Sir.”
“I thought it was strange at first, but I got to really, really like it,” she said.
Christopher Smith, who voiced Gen. Peter Soyuz in the film “The Secret Star of Milos” and Judeau in an original video animation for “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” said that he is often cast as really snarky bad guys, and that director Mike McFarland would ask him to ramp up the jerkiness level when in the booth.
“I’m not inherently that (jerky),” he said.
Chris Cason, who voiced Gluttony in both series, said that one of his favorite embarrassing stories from voice actor’s time in the booth involved voice actor Aaron Dismuke, who voiced the character of Alphonse Elrich when he was 12 years old. The story, which involved the antsy actor getting stuck in the small booth when he tipped over on his stool, got the biggest laughs for embarrassing moments.
“He was wedged between the stool and the wall,” he said.
Tatum said that the show has an emotional resonance for its fans, telling stories about three dimensional characters that are in relationships that we can all relate to.
“You don’t see anyone dressed up as a plot twist,” he said.
“Fullmetal Alchemist” and “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” can be viewed on the FUNImation website.