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Speaking to USA Insider, Boyd discussed the original inspirations behind both the Glen and Glenda voices he did in “Seed of Chucky” as well as his attempts to evolve them upon his return to the character after nearly two decades.
Like most things in creator Don Mancini’s imagination, Glen’s voice was born as an homage to another great storyteller: Charles Dickens.
“I remember way back when me and Don were talking about the character and what we wanted it to be, he had this idea of it being a Dickens' character. Oliver Twist or something,” Boyd explained. “That kind of hit in there with me. I thought, ‘Oh, yeah, I get this. The kind of street urchin who's ended up in an adventure that he didn't ask to be on and he's trying to figure out who he is during this adventure.'”
When it came to Glenda, who took control of their doll body much later in the movie, Boyd explained it was more about attitude than any singular homage. However, he says he drew heavy inspiration from an actress he happened to be working with at the time.
“There were a few things going on at that time. This sort of London street girl was certainly part of it, that decadent world,” he said. “But also, I had just worked with Brenda Blethyn, a wonderful actress from Britain, and I loved her voice.”
Boyd explained he was acting with Blethyn on a project where she had to do a Scottish accent, so he was paying attention to her voice and realized how enamored he was with her speech pattern. So, naturally, it made its way into Glenda.
“At that point, I was working with her and also loving her work. So that accidentally got in there, I think,” he said.
However, “Seed of Chucky” came out in 2004, almost 20 years ago. As Lachlan Watson said about their portrayal of Glen and Glenda as living humans, the characters had to grow in that time. Boyd said he felt that responsibility too upon his return as GG.
“So certainly when I read the script, there's lines in there and thoughts and drives that Glen and Glenda now has that they wouldn't have had in ‘Seed of Chucky,'" he said. "So the voice, I really wanted it to be the old school Glen and Glenda, but with a sort of history to it now as well. You know, twenty years have gone on!”
He added: “There's a lot more knowledge and maturity to the characters now.”
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