In 1968, actor Douglas Rain put on one of the most iconic voice performances of all time. I am, of course, referring to the voice of HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, as Rain's creepily calm and unwavering tone has been disturbing audiences for decades, and is nothing short of iconic. It's an amazing touch for a genius film, but as recently described by co-star Gary Lockwood, that touch very much wasn't part of the experience making the film:
"Kubrick had a hard time making up his mind about [the voice of HAL 9000]. He had several actors, and he changed his mind, finally he said, 'I'll worry about it in post-production.' So he just turns to his assistant director, and said, 'Derek, you do the voice.' This was the voice of HAL for the rest of the thing: [in a super thick cockney accent] 'Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do."
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