“…I am obsessed with Dark Crystal. when I learned about the prequel show, I was like yes, at least they can get Steve to voice sketk-Tek! I was excited… and then. … One night I actually watched Dark Crystal, then Fraggle Rock… I had never realized you used almost identical voices for the two (Marlin and Skek-Tek)….” comment by Donnie on August 4, 2017 at 11:17 PM .
Hi, Donnie. Yes, there are a number of performers who worked on The Dark Crystal who are still active and working. Mike Quinn, Louise Gold, Dave Goelz, and I were all Skeksis, as well as many other key characters on the film. To my knowledge none of us has been approached about the prequel…
Jim and Frank asked some of us to put down some voices on tape that we thought might work as Skeksis. All I could think of was a breathy, lizard-like, creature, which somehow was Peter Lorre when he got excited. But when I recorded the voice I didn’t really think it was very good, so I didn’t expect them to ever use it.
The next day they both came to me and asked where the voice came from. I did the voice for them, and Jim said, “Well, that’s exactly the kind of sound we are looking for for the Skeksis”. “Really???”, I said. I think we were all surprised.
Though I did the voice as we shot the film, it was all re-recorded after the fact. In the original edit the Skeksis had their own language. It wasn’t just random words either, it had some real meaning to it, and was pretty hard to get right. So we dubbed the whole film in that language, but when it was shown to a test audience no one could keep track of what was being conveyed.
So, back to the recording booth we went to do another version. This time it was half English, half Skexish. But, once again, when tested the audience had no idea what was being said. So, we went back and dubbed it all in English only.
None of that would have mattered to me except for one reason. Do you remember the scene where the Scientist falls down the shaft of fire? Well, the Peter Lorre voice is a killer to do for a long session, all that breathing and growling, and we ended each time with me redoing the incredibly long scream as he falls….I’m not sure why that had to be dubbed again and again….(lol)