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Emmy Winner to Serve as Voice of Roger Ebert

Aug 25, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An Emmy-winning actor has landed an unusual role — he will be the voice of famed film critic Roger Ebert in the audiobook version of Ebert’s memoir. Ebert personally chose Edward Herrmann, best known as Richard Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls," to give voice to "Life Itself," according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ebert could not do the voice himself because he can not longer speak due to a number of cancer surgeries he’s had over the years.

Ebert wrote a column about his choice, saying: "Edward Herrmann is a pro. He positions the material in the foreground but he never tries to sell it. He brings it into existence clearly, concisely, with flawless control of timing and tone. It doesn’t sound as if he’s ‘reading.’ It sounds like he might have had these memories — as if he’s confiding events and conversations he remembers. He’s friendly, but not like some affable uncle crowding you on the sofa. He doesn’t insist that we listen."

Herrmann reportedly has already recorded his reading of the 448-page book. He has been nominated five times for Emmys, and won the award in 1999 for a guest appearance on “The Practice.”

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