The last fanart I reblogged just reminded me. I used to type up little “fun facts” about W2H and then save them as drafts and never get around to posting them, haha. But since that jogged my memory, I’ll indulge in one!
So the line “I’d kill my parents too if they named me Sock” was not only written by Neil, but it was also his audition for Mephistopheles.
Welcome to Hell in it’s current animated form started life as a project in a film class I took in junior year, where we had to put together an animatic. Most of the class was animation students, and a lot of us used that opportunity to get a head start on the idea we’d eventually work into our graduation film.
When I presented my animatic to the class, it didn’t have any sound or official dialogue yet, I was basically just pitching the story beats. After class Neil came up to me and asked if I needed a voice for the devil character, and volunteered himself. He rattled off that line, “yeahaha, well, I’d kill my parents too if they named me Sock”.
And I just remember being so excited and baffled. Like that feeling when someone tells you they like your characters? Like that, but doubled, because it was someone who really wanted to bring something to the table and help me develop it, without me even asking. That wasn’t AT ALL what I had in mind for Mephistopheles’ voice, but I just thought it was so funny and fitting, and he was so enthusiastic about doing it, that it was like… okay, yeah, yeah, that’s perfect. You got the job dude. The rest is history!
Imagine anytime Leon receives a compliment he says: "Hehehe Thank you" with ther Merchant from RE4 voice (For those who may not know - Leon amd the Merchant share the ae voice Actor)