SAG-AFTRA’s Video Game Strike Could Revive Labor Unrest in Hollywood

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The Hollywood Sign is seen on November 16, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

As an experienced voice actor in video games, Sunil Malhotra has exerted his vocal cords to the breaking point while performing blood-curdling screams and monster grunts for numerous titles including the popular “Diablo” and “X-Men” series.

“I’ve lost my voice for weeks at a time. I had to see a speech therapist to get my voice back,” the Los Angeles-based actor said. “If I don’t have my voice, I don’t function as an actor.”

Malhotra, 41, was one of more than 300 protesters who gathered Thursday at Warner Bros. in Burbank as part of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike against several major video game companies. Now in its third week with no resolution in sight, the work stoppage is threatening to drag out into a protracted fight that could have larger repercussions for Hollywood, which was last rocked by labor turmoil in 2007.

“I’m very resolved to stick with it as long as it takes,” Malhotra said. “At this point we have no other option.”

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