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ike Patton needs no introduction, but he’s getting one anyway. Not content with being the mastermind behind Mr. Bungle, Faith No More and Fantomas to name but a few, he has started to venture into the worlds of acting and voice-over artistry. Mike talked to JACK ATKINS about computer games, movies and the glamorous world of hit-and-run...

flick Firecracker) and voice-over work for movies and games. How did the initial branching out into other forms of entertainment begin? Did you volunteer, or was it a case of being asked? MP: I've always been up for new challenges and am easily bored. So, I get asked to do some interesting things. It is a matter of timing and the project. I have an agent now that looks for cool acting roles or voiceover or videogame work, as well as film score work. But a lot of times, it comes from an e-mail request. It has been a lot of fun. I still can't understand the people that have been doing the same thing with the same band for 20 years. I gotta keep moving.

CYNIC: Hey Mike, we’re all big fans of your work here at CYNIC magazine, even back to your early days of Mr. Bungle, your most famous venture with Faith No More and your later work with Peeping Tom. Can you tell us how your career as an entertainer came about? Mike Patton: Entertainer? I was in a band in high school called Mr Bungle. We played parties and goofed off. Next thing I know I'm on the cover of SPIN with Faith No More. Still not sure how it all came about. Luck?

CM: Your most notable voice-over role in any game would be for The Darkness. How did it feel to play the game for the first time, and hearing your voice in a new setting? MP: It was pretty cool. They did a great job with that game. I have to admit, when I recorded my part, I thought the game was going to be pretty cheesy.

CM: You have been involved in more and more nonmusic projects recently; movie roles, (such as indie

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and life outside of the music industry.

But they really made a cool game that was prettydamn unique. It got a little too difficult for my taste, but I think it is a great game and was a great learning experience.

years. They are a great outlet and now have turned into a part of my career. Through gaming I'm able to do things that I never thought possible like be a part of a Laker NBA championship or run over people in my car.

CM: Your part in Portal, as ‘The Anger Sphere’, was very memorable, considering the obscurity of it. How were you approached by Valve for the role? Any involvement in the next Portal game? MP: That one was funny. I have a friend, Mike, that works with the Valve people and asked me to do some sounds for Left 4 Dead and at the last minute asked if they could use a bit for Portal. That was indeed pretty obscure and I had NO clue how it was going to be used..

CM: We realise you’re on tour at the moment. Do you play games on your tour bus? Any favourites in particular? MP: I'm not a bus these days. Just flying around. My trusty PSP is with me. As I mentioned I'm really digging God of War and MLB and NBA Live. I also can't get enough of movies like Team America and Family Guy. Playing a little Bad Company on my PS3 when I'm home for a few days.

CM: How influential was gaming on your early career? We noticed that you credited Nintendo as an influence behind the first Mr. Bungle album. MP: Gaming is still a big influence on me and a big part of my life. I've been working on a deep philosophical musical on the meaning of Pac-Man for

CM: How shit was the Street Fighter movie? MP: Never saw it. Most videogame movies are terrible, you should know that. Some are so bad, they are good. Did you see the Super Mario Bros movie with Mojo Nixon? Classic!

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