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Frank Wood’s voice actor isn’t back for Black Ops: Cold War and he doesn’t understand why

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You might have noticed when that Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War trailer dropped last week that something was a little off. I’m not talking about that ridiculous piece of censorship, nor am I talking about that uncannily accurate digitisation of Ronald Reagan (who’s ready for some war crimes!). What I am talking about are the voices used in the game because they just sounded a little off. I’ll admit I didn’t notice anything strange but that’s because I haven’t been a devoted Black Ops player. Those fans that have played those games to death noticed that Frank Woods, arguably the most iconic character of the sub-franchise, had a slightly different voice. Turns out, voice actor James C. Burns wasn’t asked o reprise his role which is…pretty strange given that Cold War is a direct sequel to the original.

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What’s even stranger is that Burns doesn’t even know why he was left out of the project, but he’s been vocal about how “bummed” he is to not return. “Not a knock on whoever they got in to do it, but he doesn’t have the background I have with Woods. I’ve got 11 years with this guy man, and I have all this backstory and all this front-loaded stuff… and I know the… man!” said Burns in a YouTube video, thankfully transcribed by Eurogamer.

So that’s my frustration. I would have f***ing cru – not that this guy’s not going to do a good job. I’m sure he is. He’s a professional actor. I’m sure he’ll do fine. But… ah! I would have f***ing crushed this thing. That’s my frustration.

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Which sounds a little salty, but frankly (HA) doesn’t he have a right to be a little annoyed? Burns has played Frank Woods for upwards of a decade now, so to see him replaced for a game that will probably include a decent chunk of Woods is both strange and more than a little frustrating from his side.

Some folks have suggested that Burns was dropped due to his involvement with a fan-made Zombies map named Kowloon but the actor has dispelled this line of reasoning. Burns isn’t the only member of the original cast to not make it into Cold War: Sam Worthington and Ed Harris (who played Alex Mason and Jason Hudson respectively) aren’t coming back for Cold War despite their characters being featured in the game.

Last Updated: August 31, 2020

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