Remember Duke Nukem? The foul-mouthed, lascivious gunslinger caricature of a red-blooded American hero? If you had to guess Duke Nukem’s political affiliation, you would probably think of him as right-leaning. However, the man behind the iconic video game character Jon St. John said in a Faceboook post today that he turned down an offer to provide voice-over for a Donald Trump ad campaign.
Though St. John did not mention Trump by name, preferring to refer to him as “the Republican Party’s leading candidate for president.” As of yesterday (January 12th, 2016), Trump still held a double-digit lead over other Republican presidential hopefuls, according to a CBS/New York Times poll.
“I don’t like to turn down jobs…especially when it’s a national ad campaign that pays pretty well,” St. John said. “But I have a conscience and could not accept a gig to be the advertising voice of the Republican party’s leading candidate for president. Thanks for the kind offer, but I will sleep just fine at night knowing I made a choice I can live with.”
Rather than stoop to Donald Trump’s level, St. John is doing voice-over work for a new game today. St John’s career began in 1996 with Duke Nukem 3D and continued all the way through to 2011’s Duke Nukem Forever. St. John has also done voice-acting in games such as Guild Wars 2, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dota 2.
We applaud the voice of Duke Nukem for turning down a lucrative job opportunity because it conflicted with his principles. We can’t say we would have done the same thing. To commemorate the Duke Nukem voice actor’s strong moral fibre, we encourage you to listen to his best one-liners culled from the Duke Nukem series below.