Whenever Peter Cullen gives an interview we all listen. And here is another recent interview where he discusses season 3 of Transformers: Prime (Beast Hunters). The story arc has come full circle from the first episode.
One of the reasons this fan site came to fruition was because someone had to pay homage to Peter Cullen. Just read the below interview. Everything that a role model should be – Peter Cullen is. He understands the huge responsibility of what Optimus Prime has become.
MTV Geek: You have a couple generations who know your voice acting as Optimus Prime. What goes through your mind as you’re processing that?
Cullen: I would have to say a mixture of feelings. Certainly, it’s an honor and I never forget that fact. It is staggering when you isolate a thought like that and think about it. But there’s responsibility to it, there’s gratitude, there’s that sense of awe that it could actually happen.
When you really do think about it, you ask the same questions: “How did that happen?” and “Who do I thank?,” “Who are the many, many people and the many ingredients that were necessary to allow all that to happen, where does the gratitude actually go?” But I do take it quite seriously, as you can tell. (laughs)
Geek: What has changed for you as Prime over the years, and even since doing The Hub show?
Cullen: Well, I think the ingredients changed, but certainly not the good versus evil, and the way we approach that. That seems to be always relevant and predominant. We’re going into Season 3 and it really is kind of exciting because it’s not just Autobots and Decepticons. We’re getting into something else … just the hint of the name, Beast Hunters. That’s a prequel to what’s going to happen imaginatively. We’ve done that before, we dealt with it in Dinobots, and things like that. But this is huge. This is much, much bigger, and it takes it to a new level.
Geek: Has your approach to voicing Prime changed over the years or it is very much the same as in ’84?
Cullen: It’s exactly the same. And, you know, the ingredients that I used way back then are the same ingredients that temper my interpretation and my feeling, and in the end result, the expression of it. It’s a feeling. It’s a feeling that I have when I put all the ingredients of his character together. It’s what comes out of me that comes from other places, and my past, and my life, my upbringing.
Everybody’s going to approach a character differently, depending upon what they bring to it on their own intellectual level or their feelings from their heart and soul. And this just happens to be mine, and it just stays with me. I can’t stray from it, it comes up because that’s the way I feel it and that’s the way I interpret it. I always will, I always try to stay very true to what he says, and I fight for his character traits because sometimes there are written-down lines that I would take exception to because I would say, “in my gut, I don’t think he’d say that.” I’m sure that goes for a lot of other characters as well; people want to fight for maintaining that integrity that they’ve had since the beginning.
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