There's nothing more annoying than an O.G. being voiced by the wrong kind of actor and taking you out of the gangsta experience. Rockstar has avoided that problem by employing real-life gang members to voice their street gangs in Grand Theft Auto V.
"When we record all these ambient characters that are in the world we go towards authenticity," producer Lazlow Jones revealed during an interview with Chicago radio station WGN. "So in the game, part of the element of the story is that there’s these gangs, these rival gangs."
"There’s black gangs, there’s Latino gangs, and we recruited a guy who gets gang members, like actual gang members, real gang members. I mean, El Salvadorian gang dudes with amazing tattoos and one of which literally had gotten out of prison the day before.
He continued. "And we brought these guys in to record the gang characters because, you know, you don't want a goofy LA actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member. There's nothing worse than that. So just go find the real, terrifying people and say, ‘Can you come in here please?’ And they look at the lines and they say, ‘I wouldn’t say that. If I was upset at another gang, I wouldn't say that.’ So, well, then say what you would say. Authenticity, you know?
"There’s a lot of sessions that we would have where we would just throw the script on the floor and be, like, 'This thing we wrote is irrelevant, let’s actually work out something real.'"