The Sam J Jones Voice Mystery?
I received an interesting email, which said this:
"A little interesting
tidbit: for almost the entire movie, it is not Sam J. Jones' voice that you
hear. Apparently, Mr. Jones had troubles of some sorts with the director, which
resulted in almost all of his dialogue being dubbed by some professional
If anyone can verify or refute this curious
information I'd love to know.
While it sounds unlikely, a similar thing happened in the movie Krull, where the
lead (British) female role was entirely dubbed over in an American accent.
So maybe . . . that would be weird. Come on, someone must
know. Anyway, thanks to 'Derek' for the email.
I found this review on
Empire Magazine's website. It's from the actual magazine, and it also
refers to the crazy notion that Flash was dubbed. Witness:
"From the opening
moments - that score accompanied by montage shots of the original
30s comic books - Flash Gordon establishes itself as no mere rip-off of George
Lucas' space-opera - something of a surprise given its producer, Dino De
Laurentiis also gave us the dreadful King Kong. Plotwise, blond bombshell and
football player Gordon (Sam J. Jones) is blasted into space along with Dale
Arden (Melody Anderson) courtesy of Doctor Hans Zarkof (Topol) who is convinced
that the widespread tsunamis unexpected eclipses and "hot hail" are the result
of an intergalactic attack. They sure are. Slaphead space fascist Ming (Death
himself Max Von Sydow) is "toying with us". It's up to Flash to save the
universe alongside a wildly eclectic cast including Brian Blessed and Peter
Duncan. Director Mike Hodges keeps the pace cracking and shoots the whole piece
from the crazy angles and in the lush colours of the original comic books.
Queen's rock operatics deliver a score which is almost unique in being utterly
inseparable from the success of the movie and Jones, now residing in DTV hell,
deports himself admirably as the golden space boy - even
if 80 per cent of his lines are dubbed by a still undisclosed voice. In
its way as good as Lucas' trilogy and with the added bonus of widescreen, Gordon
is very much "alive"."
How about that....
Thanks to Mike Christie for the tip off.
I'm still very sceptical about this.