Monday, November 4, 2013
Atlanta based Voice Artist with many clients is the voice of Apple's Siri
Joining the ranks of famous disembodied voices of the world, such as Mr. Moviefone and Don LaFontaine, Atlanta voice actress Susan Bennett has stepped forward as the voice of Siri.
Yes, that's the often-mocked, sometimes helpful voice assistant on Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
Finally satisfying the curiosity of tech geeks, Apple obsessives and pop-culture bloggers, Bennett told CNN that she provided the original talents for the feature that first appeared on the iPhone 4S in 2011.
Bennett's intonations have also been heard in commercials, on phone systems and in airport terminals.
The Siri voice has been the subject of wide parody. Last month, the voice was co-opted in a spoof of a trailer for theSpike Jonze film "Her."
The real movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with the voice of his phone's operating system, played (and voiced) by Scarlett Johansson.
The parodist switched out Johansson's sonorous contributions and replaced it with quips in a Siri-type robo-speak, with attitude. For reference, here's the actual trailer, and here's the parody (warning: link contains profanity).On the occasion of Bennett's revelation, I propose she put her skills to good use and replace the voice-overs in a few more films.
HAL 9000 in "2001: A Space Odyssey."
HAL's destructive impulses would sound all the more terrifying. When Dr. David Bowman gets to the Star Child scene, he probably will wish he'd downloaded Google Maps. Good news for Dave: Siri can't read lips.