Which witch is which?
Last week, the original voice actress for Bayonetta, Hellena Taylor, claimed she was only offered $4k to reprise her role in Bayonetta 3, proposing a widespread boycott for the upcoming PlatinumGames developed threequel. Since then however, a report from Bloomberg has suggested that there may be more to the story than we thought.
Hellena Taylor has now responded to the report from Bloomberg, seemingly creating an even bigger mess for herself in the process. She now says PlatinumGames’ initial offer was $10,000, with that number being pushed up to $15,000 after consulting with Hideki Kamiya. It goes without saying that this is a major contradiction. After turning down the role, the voice of Bayonetta was recast to Jennifer Hale. Taylor claims she was later offered a $4000 flat fee to voice a cameo in the game, but she turned down that offer as well.
In a thread posted to her personal Twitter account on Monday, Taylor went on to say that Bloomberg’s reported $4,000 for 5 sessions offer is a “total fabrication,” and that she never asked for $250,000 as rumored. “I am a team player. I was just asking for a fair, living wage in line with the value that I bring to this game.”
Check out Hellena Taylor’s full response below. Whichever side you choose to take, just remember to please always keep things civil.
It has come to my attention that some people are calling me a liar and golddigger. I feel the need to defend myself and my reputation in the industry.
As I posted on part three of my video thread, I explained that their first offer was too low. That offer was 10,000 dollars total. Remember, this is 450 million dollar franchise, (not counting merchandise.) I then wrote in Japanese to Hideki Kamiya, asking for what I was worth. I thought that as a creative, he would understand. He replied saying how much he valued my contribution to the game and how much the fans wanted me to voice the game. I was then offered an extra 5,000!
So, I declined to voice the game. I then heard nothing from them for 11 months. They then offered me a flat fee to voice some lines for 4,000 dollars. Any other lies, such as 4,000 for 5 sessions are total fabrications.
There were not “extensive negotiations.” I’ve also been informed of ridiculous fictions, such as I asked for 250,000 dollars. I am a team player. I was just asking for a fair, living wage in line with the value that I bring to this game.
I was paid a shockingly low total of £3000 total for the first game. A little more for the second. I wanted to voice her. I have drummed up interest in this game ever since I started on Twitter in 2011.