Ben Schwartz, the Voice of ‘Sonic the Hedgehog,’ Hits the Arcade

He bypassed Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (“Can’t separate the art from the artist,” he said) and instead applied himself to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. He played as Leonardo, the character he voices, defeating foot soldiers as he marauded through a dystopian New York. “Before Giuliani,” Mr. Schwartz said.

His assistant brought a cup of green tea and he left Leonardo to his travails. “We have unlimited coins,” he said, a little wistfully. “We could go forever.”

With his hour nearly up, he attempted a few levels of The Simpsons, playing as Homer, mashing the buttons with impossible speed. “Imagine being able to play your favorite character from your favorite show,” he said, as Homer stole a hot dog from a small child. “Like imagine you could play Elisabeth Moss from ‘Handmaid’s Tale.’”

For his final game, he put a quarter into NBA Jam, playing as Anthony Mason alongside Patrick Ewing. “He’s on my socks,” Mr. Schwartz said proudly, as he maneuvered his players up and down the court effortlessly, swooshing three-pointers. “I still got it. After all these years, maybe this is what I’m born to do, and the other stuff had just been wasting time.”

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/style/ben-schwartz-sonic-hedgehog-jean-ralphio.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

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