“Steve Jaros (creative director at Volition) found out that I spoke Japanese,” recalls Yuri. “That goes back to that whole thing – I wouldn’t get cast as a Japanese character on camera, because that would be racist. But I can sound Japanese. And I can speak Japanese.”
Mimicking a Japanese accent is a relatively minor departure from the norm for Lowenthal, however. Sometimes he isn’t even human. In Shadow of the Damned, he played a demon whose vocabulary was made up of two words: “f**k you”. These words aren’t just spoken, of course, but are screamed in a shrill, eardrum-piercing screech. The player kills him, obviously.