New details on pay and negotiations surface concerning the Bayonetta 3 voice acting controversy, Taylor responds
The plot thickens...
As you no doubt know by now, Hellena Taylor is not returning to voice Bayonetta in Bayonetta 3. While PlatinumGames originally cited “various overlapping circumstances” as the reason, Taylor later claimed she didn’t return to the role due to a flat-fee for the job that she felt was insulting. Today brings us a bit more insight into the situation.
In a feature from Bloomberg, we learn that Platinum was looking to bring back Taylor for Bayonetta 3, and they were going to pay her roughly $3k-4k per session for five 4-hour sessions. In other words, Taylor would have made somewhere between $15k to $20k for reprising the role. In response to this, Taylor countered Platinum by requesting a six-figure sum and residuals for the game.
From here, the situation seemed to fall apart. Platinum turned down Taylor’s request and started to look for someone to replace her. This led to Jennifer Hale being cast as Bayonetta in Bayonetta 3, although Taylor was offered a cameo in the game for the fee of one session. Taylor turned down this offer as well.
It’s important to note that Bloomberg says the info above comes from “two people familiar with the negotiations,” as well as documentation Bloomberg reviewed. Bloomberg also reached out to Taylor on the matter, who said this account was “an absolute lie,” and said Platinum was “trying to save their ass and the game.” Furthermore, Taylor said she, “would like to put this whole bloody franchise behind me quite frankly get on with my life in the theatre.”
Representatives for PlatinumGames and Nintendo didn’t respond to requests for comment.
I was pretty sympathetic towards Taylor and her story... Until I read about her throwing shade at Hale. That raised my eyebrows and made me suspicious that there was more behind the scenes that wasn't being talked about.
I think this article confirms my suspicions. Taylor was probably a bit too aggressive in her negotiations, and when she got dropped, she "went public" knowing neither the incoming actress nor the studio would be in a good position to refute her side of the story. The attack on Hale now sounds like it may have been done simply to make it harder for Hale to discredit Taylor's version of events without facing backlash.
This is messy, and I encourage people to consider that there is probably a LOT of stuff that still isn't public. Someone is clearly twisting the truth... But who? Hard to say without more concrete proof from either side...