Now that the appearances of Tarkin and Leia have been greatly improved. Has anyone experimented with fixing Tarkin’s voice?
Far more than his appearance, I’ve always found Guy Henry’s Tarkin voice the most off-putting aspect of the character in the film. He just sounds nothing like Peter Cushing and so it’s always been very weird for me to hear this wrong voice coming out of a face whose voice I’m very familiar with.
Now that can be remedied though. You might be familiar with the recent “AI Cover” song craze that exploded a few months ago (example). Basically with new AI tools you can now convert anyone’s voice into anyone elses. This has taken off with song covers but it can just as easily be used for regular speech as well.
The tools to do this are all free and the process seems pretty straightforward. There are a few different tutorials out there on how to do it. This one for example looks promising.
I believe using these tools to isolate Henry’s performance and convert it into Cushing’s voice is something entirely doable.
Unfortunately I don’t have enough free time these days to try experimenting with this myself but it’s something I’d love to see happen someday.
So if anyone else out there thinks this sounds like a great idea and has the time, I hope you’ll consider giving it a try.