Over at Joystiq, Griffin McElroy wrote about Keith David's growing celebrity in video games. He's probably best known for playing the Arbiter in Halo 2 and Halo 3, but he's also in Mass Effect and a bunch of other extremely popular games.
McElroy takes this condescending, dismissive tone toward Keith David's career, calling him a "B-List" actor, and implying that, because he hadn't worked that often on camera recently, he resorted to voices in video games, where -- hey, backhanded compliment -- he's doing surprisingly well for himself!
"These kinds of jobs are quickly gaining popularity in Hollywood, says Reuters, as voice work provides a much steadier paycheck than that of on-screen roles. We see it as a win-win situation -- down on their luck actors with distinct voices can find a nice amount of celebrity in the gaming realm..."
Wow. This is so profoundly misinformed, and based on such confirmation bias, it's too stupid to be offensive. I've been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time doing voice work, both for video games and for animation, and it is not easy. "Down on their luck actors" don't get to just walk into a studio and wave around their list of long-forgotten on-camera achievements in exchange for a job. You can only get cast in these jobs -- and keep them -- if you have the skills and talent to earn them. It's an incredibly closed community where the gates are jealously guarded by people who work very, very hard to get inside, and once you're there, you have to constantly work your ass off to stay there, because there are so many people working just as hard to take your place.
Here's a shocking truth: a lot of so-called "A-list" celebrities don't have what it takes to succeed in voice acting, because it's an entirely different set of skills, and an entirely different work ethic. It's hard, and it's competitive, and it's not someplace "down on their luck actors with distinct voices" go when they can't go anywhere else. To imply otherwise is an insult to the actors whose voices bring these characters to life. I find that truly offensive.