For some time, I firmly believed that David Lucas (Spike's VA) and Steve Blum were the same guy.
In the interests of finding out the facts, I sent Steve Blum a letter (I couldn't
find an address for David Lucas, or I would have sent him one instead.) This is
the e-mail that I got in reply:
My friend Steve Blum just passed on a letter you wrote to his agency and asked
me to respond. First of all, thanks for all the kind words. Yes, I know we sound
alike, so much so, that sometimes I forget what shows I've worked on, hear his
voice on TV, and think it's me! It happens all the time. Steve and I are good
friends - have been for years, but there is a big problem with you or anyone else
putting our names and/or pictures together... You see, Steve is a union actor.
I am not. Even with the hundreds of shows I've recorded, I've not yet been able
to get a card. It's fine. I make a good living and I keep my anonymity. Steve,
on the other hand, does some pretty high profile stuff and if the union even thought
he were taking non-union shows (which he doesn't), he could lose his card, his
status and his livelyhood. So I must ask a personal favor. Please do not participate
in any forums comparing our work - and pass this information on to all of your
friends that might be spreading this now rampant rumor. I have never authorized
the use of my picture anywhere and my lawyer is advising me to go after anyone
that uses Steve's picture to represent me.
I'm sorry to be so elusive, but early on in my career, overzealous fans threatened
my security and that of my family. It got so crazy that I had to stop going to
conventions. Bebop only made it worse. I wish things were different. I hope you
Please do pass on that I am very grateful to you and all the fans for supporting
my work. Bebop is by far the best show I've ever worked on and it's nice to know
that folks are enjoying it. As long as this problem stays under control, you'll
be seeing a lot more of my stuff out there soon.
Thanks and have a happy, healthy holiday!
I hope this clears up the misinformation that I have helped to spread. Mr. Lucas
was also kind enough to answer a few of my questions. Maybe I should have asked
him more or better questions, but I didn't want to bug him too much . . besides,
I blanked. ^_^; Anyway, here are the questions I asked, and his answers:
- Q: How does one become a voice actor?
A: A lot of luck, good timing and a good sense of rhythm. Make a tape and
start sending it out. Get some feedback.
- Q: How did you become a voice actor?
A: All of the above!
- Q: Have you worked on any anime lately? If so, which ones?
A: Tons! "GTO" and "Kenshin." But you probably know the shows better than
[readers: I don't, actually. I was a stolid purest before Cowboy Bebop . .
. I hated all English dubs. Though since CB, I've been hearing David Lucas,
Wendee Lee and Beau Billingslea everywhere. ^_~]
- Q: What were your impressions from working on the Cowboy Bebop dub?
A: Best damned thing I've ever seen out of Japan. I'm really proud of that
one. Great cast, great Director, great Writer!
- Q: Have you done any American animated series?
A: Nah. All union.