Roger Ebert Enlisting High-Powered Voice-Overs

By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press

CHICAGO – Roger Ebert has enlisted some high-powered stand-ins to do voice-overs for his new TV show while finishing touches are made to his customized electronic voice.

Famed director Werner Herzog’s German-accented voice read the script for a review of the film “My Dog Tulip” while Ebert typed during the show’s debut Jan. 21 episode. On Friday, it would be famed newsman Bill Kurtis’ voice filling in.

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Ebert said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that he doesn’t know yet who will be future voice-over guests.

CereProc, a Scottish firm, is creating a digitized version of Ebert’s voice using vast recordings from his past TV shows.

Ebert is also using a chin prosthesis for the new show, “Ebert Presents at the Movies.” It features co-hosts Christy Lemire of The Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Ebert does his own reviews in a separate segment.

Ebert says there’s no chance he’ll undergo another attempt to rebuild his jaw, damaged in cancer treatment and surgery.

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“Never! I’m beyond reconstruction and that’s that,” the 68-year-old critic wrote.

He has cancer checks every six months or so, and said his health is “excellent.”

“So far I seem to be cancer free,” he wrote.

While some have called Ebert a brave inspiration, he said bravery and courage “have little to do with it.”

“You play the cards you’re dealt,” Ebert wrote. “What’s your choice? I have no pain, I enjoy life, and why should I complain?”

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