In order to be more authentic, Grand Theft Auto V will feature voice-acting from real-life gangsters and ex-convicts, according to Rockstar writer Lazlow Jones.
“In the game there’s these rival gangs,” said Lazlow. “There’s black gangs, Latino gangs… we recruited a guy who gets gang members, actual real gang members. Like EL Salvadoran gang dudes with amazing tattoos, one of which had literally gotten out of prison the day before.”
“We get these guys in to record the gang characters because we don’t want a goofy L.A. actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member,” he continued. “There’s nothing worse than that, so just go find the terrifying people and say ‘can you come in here please?’”
According to Lazlow, the voice-actors were more than willing to provide input on the scripts based on their experience as a gang member. “They look at the lines and say, ‘I wouldn’t say that,’ so we say, ‘OK, say what you would say.”
Often, Lazlow admits that some of the prepared scripts don’t even fit within real gangster personas and they would “just throw the script on the floor” during sessions and say “this is irrelevant, let’s just work on something real.”