Wendell Pierce is formally on the marketing campaign path — to develop into the brand new voice of Cleveland on Family Guy. The Jack Ryan and The Wire actor submitted himself for consideration after longtime Cleveland actor Mike Henry, a white man, stepped down from the position after voicing the character for 20 years. Henry’s information got here on the heels of Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell stepping down from their roles on common grownup animated exhibits Huge Mouth and Central Park, respectively, the place they voiced Black characters though they’re, in actuality, white.
Pierce introduced his need to voice Cleveland on Sunday in a really enjoyable, casual tweet. “Now that Mike Henry has consciously given up the position of Cleveland,” Pierce wrote, “I’m publicly beginning a marketing campaign to voice the position myself on The Cleveland Present.” Okay, so, I’ve to step in right here and say technically Pierce can’t voice Cleveland on The Cleveland Present because the Household Man spinoff was canceled in 2013. Nonetheless! I might nonetheless very very like to see Pierce play Cleveland on Household Man and spice issues up over on the Fox staple.
Now that Mike Henry has consciously given up the position of Cleveland,I’m publicly beginning a marketing campaign to voice the position myself on The Cleveland Present. #WendellIsCleveland @TheClevelandSho @SethMcFarlane_ pic.twitter.com/Ux3F0uk1p6
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) June 28, 2020
It’s been lower than a day since Pierce despatched his tweet out into the world, so it’s unclear if something will come of this. I’ve by no means watched a lick of Household Man however I can let you know proper now Pierce could be an impressed alternative. The seasoned actor is not any stranger to doing voice work, for one factor. Pierce’s earlier voice performing credit embody visitor roles on FX’s Archer and the Disney XD present Pickle and Peanut.
It’s unclear if Household Man showrunner and creator Seth MacFarlane is Pierce — or one other Black actor — to tackle the Cleveland position. In truth, usually talking, no plans to fill the hole left within the wake of Henry’s departure have been introduced by MacFarlane or Fox, Household Man‘s residence community.
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