Today's a big day for The Hub's Transformers: Rescue Bots. "This weekend, we have a special episode coming up with Mark Hamill," revealed D.C. Douglas, who voices the Rescue Bot Chase (pictured above right). BFTV connected with D.C. last week to discuss today's episode and his experiences in the Transformers universe.
In "What Rises Above" - the conclusion to the story started in last week's "What Lies Below" - the Rescue Bots and the Burns family must work together to escape after being trapped underground. Hamill lends his voice to Uncle Woodrow, Chief Charlie Burns' younger brother, while the legendary Peter Cullen appears once again as Optimus Prime.
Chief Burns, who is the show's main human protagonist and the partner of D.C.'s character Chase, is voiced by none other than another voice-acting superstar, Maurice LaMarche. We couldn't resist asking D.C. about what it's like to work alongside one of the industry's best voice actors. "I've gotten to know Maurice real well over the last couple of years," he told us. "He's wonderful. He's such a gregarious fellow. He's a cut-up in the studio as well."
"That's the beauty of the show. They record a lot of us together for a lot of these sessions," he added. That's a cast that includes Jason Marsden, Lacey Chabert, Steven Blum and LeVar Burton, just to name a few - definitely a great group to be a part of.
From the much-beloved original series to the new Hub shows and the feature films, Transformers is now a huge, sprawling franchise. We asked D.C. about what it's been like for him to be a part of this expansive world. "I was kind of a young adult when I was a kid, so I didn't get to do many of the kid things," he told us. "I always knew of Transformers...I didn't realize, doing this cartoon, that I'd be introduced to this huge world of Transformers fans.
"But now it's fun to go to conventions," he continued, telling us, "I'd expect like moms or kids to come up, but I actually have adults that come up and want my autograph. And that's cool. Even though it's aimed for that young crowd, it is one of those shows you can sit and enjoy as an adult."
He's no stranger to shows that have a sizeable fan following. Both a voice-over artist and an on-camera actor, D.C. has appeared in projects like 24 (as a Presidential aide in Season 6), the Tekken video game series (voicing Raven), Resident Evil (as the voice of Albert Wesker), Mass Effect 3 (multiple voices), and the upcoming Sharknado 2: The Second One. What job would he call the most fun?
"Aside from Rescue Bots, because that's so fun to see the same people every week, I'd say NCIS: Los Angeles," he told us. "That was fun to play a very flighty character that it turns out he's a Russian terrorist." And that reveal meant that D.C. got to enjoy shooting some nighttime action sequences. "That was a blast," he enthused. "That was the closest I'd ever gotten to being in an action movie!"
But that's still not quite as cool as working on Rescue Bots, where his character Chase has his own action figure. Does D.C. have one of his plastic alter-egos? "Yes, I do. That's one of the things that's fun, is I finally have a doll," he said. "It's proudly displayed in my office."
When he's not voicing a sentient robot fighting the good fight, what kinds of shows does he enjoy watching? His taste might surprise you. "I'm a fan of dark things and complex characters," he told us. "The Americans, I think, is a really great show that not enough people are watching. Mad Men is another show that I think everybody should see.
"I'm a fan of talent and there's a lot of talent out there," he continued. "The people in our voice cast, find out what other projects they're working on. Steve Blum does so many shows out there. He's one that I would always follow." And there's plenty worth following about D.C. as well - now you know a little bit more about the man behind this heroic Rescue Bot.
Transformers: Rescue Bots airs Saturdays at 10:30 AM PT/1:30 PM PT on The Hub (check your local listings for specific channel). For more on D.C, you can visit his website (dcdouglas.com) and follow him on Twitter (@dc_douglas).