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AthleteiAMA with guy who waited tables, sold cars, bounced, painted houses, then fought in UFC, built a gym in Thailand, started a print factory and operates a news website. AMA!

Jun 11th 2017 by MikeSwick • 43 Questions • 1172 Points

Hey Reddit:

We're Matthew Mercer and Erin Cahill of Resident Evil: Vendetta, the action-packed third installment in the state-of-the-art CG animated franchise. Matt is returning as Leon S. Kennedy and we're introducing Erin's character Rebecca Chambers in this film! Follow us along with Chris Redfield (played by Kevin Dorman) as we aim to stop the spread of a deadly virus that threatens to destroy New York City. Check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/Fs5g-l0Bcss

Based on “Resident Evil™,” one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time, “Resident Evil: Vendetta” will also be released in movie theaters nationwide on June 19 for a special one-night event from Fathom Events. Tickets are available here

The film is on digital June 20 and on 3-Disc 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, 2-disc Blu-ray™ and DVD July 18. Ask us anything!

Proof:

Matthew: https://i.redd.it/q3n6qy1l0r1z.jpg

Erin: https://i.redd.it/ckj9p1at0r1z.jpg

Matt: Thank you guys so much for coming and asking such amazing questions!! This was an absolute BLAST. Can't wait for you all to see the movie in the VERY near future, and keep up with my shenanigans via twitter @matthewmercer, and instagram @matthewmercervo. Much love to you all!

Erin: You guys, ditto to what Matt said! It has been such a blast to talk to you all! I am a slow typer, so look out for our FB live chats (coming up soon: Http://facebook.com/residentevilvendetta ) and I can answer more then. Plus, you will get to see Matt and I rock out to Journey. (Not kidding, that happened today. Don't Stop Believing!) You can follow me on Twitter at ErinJ_Cahill, insta is ejcahill, and FB at ErinJCahill Fanpage. Thank you for being wonderful fans. Can't wait to know you all more. Don't get eaten until we meet again!!! xo

Q:

Do you think the "new breed" of fighter is really that good, or just that marketable?

I only ask because A good friend who had a few smokers and than went 4 and 0 in Kotc. Never even got a shot. Just wondering if you had any insight?

A:

Huge fan of your writing, Barrett. Your book 'Keep Rootin' for Putin' was ahead of the curve in calling out the bullshit of mainstream pundits. One of the points you make is that internet can be used as a force for good in order to fact-check all the nonsense they spout; all of their contradictory bullshit is now a matter of permant, public record.

How do you think the media landscape has changed since that book came out? with the rise of Breitbart and the like, and the sometimes-justified concerns over "fake news", it doesn't really seem like the media have gotten any more reliable over the past years.

Anyway, what the US government has done to you is a travesty and I wish you the best.

Also, go on Chapo


Q:

How muscular should Chris be? RE5 (SUPER RIPPED) or RE1? (Normal guy.)

A:

It depends. Some are amazing athletes with years of world class experience. Some are more the showmen. Others have both. My fighter, Amir Aliakbari came, to me with no MMA fights, but World Champion level wrestling, and he has had his last 5 fights in RIZIN and carries a 6-1 Pro record.


Q:

Unfortunately, the mainstream press didn't really have the gravity or the integrity of action to prevent other, even worse outlets from popping up. Had the New York Times not continued to employ Thomas Friedman even after it became clear that he was less than worthless in terms of explaining world politics, they would have more room to make their own case. Same thing with the Washington Post and Charles Krauthammer, who, as I showed in an old Vanity Fair online piece, was wrong about every U.S. military engagement since Kosovo. Those aren't the only problems with these respectable national outlets, of course, but they're very telling regarding the cowardice of editors and publishers who continued to promote incompetent commentators simply because they've made some vague name for themselves.

And of course WaPo's failed attempt to identify some website that could sort out "fake news" is indicative of the chief fact of our press culture - that much of how it operates is haphazard at best, and that falsehoods can creep in to any outlets, regardless of pedigree, if its operators lose track of basic principles such as hiring competent people and firing incompetent ones. Personal relationships, inertia, ambition, and that sort of things are the chief problems facing our political press, rather than corporate interference or anything else of that sort.

EDIT:

Here's an incomplete case against Friedman; a more comprehensive argument as to why he represents a crisis of ethics within the legacy press may be seen in my free book, Keep Rootin' for Putin (the title of which is taken from an actual Friedman column from 2000). column

A:

Matt: NEVER BUFF ENOUGH PUNCH EVERY ROCK INTO THE SUN


Q:

Thank you so much for answering. Mad inspiration for me to get back in shape after a bad back injury. I hope to one day meet you and maybe even hit the bags. Thanks again Mr Quick Swick.

A:

firing competent ones.

Should be firing incompetent ones I suspect


Q:

Woo! Saw your tweet Matthew and was happily able to make the start of this AMA! I never catch the start of these things.

I have never really gotten into the Resident Evil franchise, Can i jump into this one without really knowing anything about the story (beyond zombies exist). Or should i just totally just binge everything resident evil between now and june 20th?

secondly Matthew care to give us critical role fans a sneak peak of anything special you have planned for the 100th episode of critical role on thursday?

A:

No problem bud, hope to see you at AKA Thailand one day!


Q:

Oops, my mistake. Fixed.

A:

Matt: I don't think you need to know everything. If you want to get a quick primer you can take at the wikipedia for Resident Evil or just know that there are zombies and creatures that are spawned by viruses.

Can't let anything slip about Critical Role, you'll just have to tune in.


Q:

Was Thailand your primary choice or did you just say Phucket?

A:

In one of your recent D Magazine articles you noted "But most of all, I realized that journalism will not be enough to save this country." - can you elaborate on that Barrett? and also what does this mean about the future of your journalism? Thanks!


Q:

Matthew, first off, I'm a huge fan of Critical Role. Granted I've only discovered it within the past few weeks, but in that time, I've uncovered my own love for D&D. After being hesitant to bring it up to friends for fear of being seen as a "nerd", I took the plunge and I have loved every minute of it.

Your work has inspired me to admit and accept my own personal nerdy side, something I've been ashamed to do for years, and I thank you for that.

Anyway, simple question, do you enjoy/hate listening to/playing through your own work?

A:

I was goingto do a gym in Manila once but I was always going to do one in Thailand for sure. Its the mecca and Phuket is the heart.


Q:

Journalism is still necessary, but in a nation like the U.S. where the bulk of the citizenry is either fascist or unwilling to do their part to oversee the vast machinery of state that we support through our taxes and which inflicts vast harm at home and abroad, we're going to need a class of people who make up for the failures of the rest of the country. You can get a sense of what I mean by this by looking through the pursuance presentation; this is a framework that is intended to expand into a new and viable force by which to challenge systems from without.

Something along those lines, drawing upon the new ability of humans to collaborate in ways never before possible, is going to happen at some point anyway. We think this is the time to try it.

A:

Matt: Thanks so much for the kind words!! <3

To answer your question, it can be a bit strange... at first, I couldn't help but listen with a critical ear, hearing my performance and taking notes on how to improve. Now, I just got a little use to it, and try to enjoy the game for its own merit.


Q:

Phuket is pronounced Poo-get, so he might not get/acknowledge this.

A:

Hey Barrett, mod of /r/WikiLeaks here.

Any thoughts on the work WikiLeaks has done, past or present?

How do you see leaks, whistleblowing, and hacks shaping the future of governments and companies?

Do you still plan on leaving the US in the near future?

Thanks for doing this AMA.


Q:

Hey Matt, what's your wackiest DnD story? Also for both of you, whats the most memorable (either good or bad) job and/or story from voice acting?

A:

Poo-Ket


Q:

I was an early supporter of Wikileaks, and continue to support the leaking of files from any state or other institution that engages in criminal activity on a large scale.

I have no doubt that leaking, as well as hacking by various ideologically-motivated groups, will become more common in the coming years.

Yes, I will not remain in the United States after my term of probation is up. Most likely I will move to Berlin or Iceland, at which point I'll revoke my citizenship.

A:

Matt: Oh man. There are many! Quick one: A Recent Episode of CR had our Druid Keyleth leaping off a cliff...


Q:

Hey mike another big fan here. What made you get into fighting? What's ur gym in Thailand? Do DC and them train there?

A:

Welcome back! 1. Where is my pizza recipe? 2. How is the bobcat?


Q:

To both Matthew and Erin, how much inspiration did you guys take from the previous actors who portrayed your roles? Were you aware of the characters at all before auditioning for them?

A:

Hey bud thanks! I got into fighting after watching The Karate Kid.

My gym in Thailand is called AKA Thailand. You can see more about it at AKAThailand.com. We are building it to become the largest gym in the world so its still a work in progress but moving fast.

Luke Rockhold and Javier Mendez have been out here training but not DC yet. He trains full time at AKA HQ in San Jose.


Q:

The FBI took it. Sorry.

A:

Matt: Quite a bit! I listened and took a lot of cues from Paul Mercier's portrayal (the one that originally drew me in), and then made it my own from there. I wanted to make it familiar and respectful to the previous performances, but also a little fresher.


Q:

Awesome thanks for answering dude! 1 more if you have time. Is your gym open all the time? Is 2 weeks enough time to learn anything? Looks amazing and I'm on vacation soon!!

A:

What are your thoughts on the Bilderberg Meetings?


Q:

I think you've done a great job with the character so far!

A:

Yes we are open 6 days a week and we have many people who come for just 2 weeks and have a great time. Email Info@AKAThailand.com, ask for Marc and mention Reddit, and we will give you a 10% discount. ;)


Q:

It's very indicative that they don't receive adequate coverage. The problem is that many journalists and editors have only heard of Bilderberg in the context of what they assume to be wacky conspiracy theories. Although some of the theories about the extent of Bilderberg's importance are clearly wrong, that doesn't change the fact that this is a meeting of influential figures from around the world which is closed to the public, and is thus of legitimate interest. But, again, many journalists are fools and/or cowards.

A:

E: Hi! I actually didn't know about Rebecca before I got the part. Once I found out who she is in the franchise I was SO excited! I have grown to love her and the fans so much. x


Q:

Sup Mike! Big fan here, ever since I saw you KO Gideon a few years ago. You were one of the first fighters I got to see who actually had both real KO power and slicckkk jits.

My question for you is: who's your favorite fighter/fighters to watch in the UFC today?

Wish you the best with your gym and life man!

A:

How does your Pursuance system check for and detect agent provocateurs or hostile parties intent on spying or corrupting a work group? Are there any plans to include vetting or granting status within a group – which would imply hierarchies, which might work against the equal collaboration roles.

What security (E2E encryption, TLS, PFS, etc) is planned, or is the system designed more for openness, broadcasting and social aspects?

Not casting shade: balancing security, authenticity and collaboration is a difficult task. :)


Q:

Matt:

1) Build Leon as a DND character. What race, class, background, alignment, flaws, etc. would you put on his sheet?

2) What character would you imagine Leon would choose play if he sat down at a DND table?

Erin:

3) What is the best zombie survival advice you can dole out?

4) What was your funniest moment in the booth recording for Rebecca Chambers?

A:

Thanks Hussain! I have so many favorites now. My teammates at AKA of course.... Cain, Luke, DC, Thomson, Khabib, etc... As well as so many others! I like the fighters who go out and put it all on the line and go for it. Thanks for the kind words!


Q:

Each pursuance has a variety of security options by which to minimize the problem of hostile parties, aside from the conventional encryption tools; chief of all, one can set their pursuance to be opaque to those who aren't members. The structure itself of the average pursuance, which grows on the margins, is far more difficult to effectively infiltrate than the IRC chat rooms that Anon used, which anyone can just drop into for the most part (and did).

Granting status is actually a big part of the system. Everyone is equal when they join the system in the sense that they all have equal rights to create pursuances and apply to join others; at the same time, everyone who creates a pursuance has the right to define how it functions, which will often includes divisions of labor and even hierarchies. Anyone who dislikes that sort of thing can create a pursuance, give full rights to other participants, and attract others who prefer that method. And pursuances of very different organizing principles can still collaborate with each other to the extent that each one agrees to do so.

More info on the exact technical aspects, including what security is involved, will be put out before the minimum viable product is released.

A:

Matt: 1) Oh man... Human Fighter (Gunslinger), with a soldier background. Good alignment, flawed in the need to save others at the expense of his own safety. Fairly high Dex, Wis, and Cha. ;)

2) Hrmm... any class, so long as he could Feat into "Magic initiate" to get the Bard's Vicious Mockery.

3) I'm a bad person to ask, as I fully acknowledge I won't survive much into the first hour of the zombie apocalypse, hehe. Personally? Find the Alphas and let them lead. ;)


Q:

Thanks for the reply! You were definitely one of those guys who put it all out on the line. I'll always be a fan. Good luck in the future man

A:

A friend wants to know if you are single. She has a thing for nerdy ex-cons. Are you single?


Q:

Hey! Love your guys' work! I'm a bit new to AMA's so I'll ask an easy one.

What was your favorite part about working on this film? Any crazy encounters or stories or was it mostly run of the mill voice recording?

Keep up the great work <3

A:

Thanks!


Q:

Yes, I'm single.

A:

Matt: For me, any chance to step into the boots of Leon is a gift. The occasional opportunity to play him is like seeing an old friend after a long time away. Comfortable, and full of nostalgia. <3

Nothing run-of-the-mill about it, honestly, but there are certainly an number of rather ridiculous/fun scenes I enjoyed!


Q:

How tough is the average Muay Thai fighter really? I believe they are extremely tough.

A:
  1. That's good to know, but I didn't ask whether you were planning to lead investigations. I asked why you were focusing your tool-building on tools for organizing humans into roles, rather than tools for better intelligence analysis or fact finding.
  2. What tools do you intend to provide in the pursuance kit, aside from pre-existing comms tools bundled for fast deployment?
  3. The roles-based organization of pursuances sounds like something that could benefit from smart contracts. Are you implementing anything like smart contracts to enforce roles and task completion? If not, why?
  4. How do you expect to prevent a slow degradation of competence and quality as the network extends outward from yourself, without specific task and analysis oriented tools, or are there some in development that you've neglected to mention at this time?

Q:

Thank you very much (to both of you) for answering. It's always an amazing opportunity to receive advice from someone who's already in the industry I dream to be in, I'll be sure to take it to heart.

A:

Tougher than Chuck Norris.


Q:
  1. We're also incorporating tools for analysis, including Transparency Toolkit, but that's not our chief focus, which is getting people to use these tools in the first place in a coordinated way.

  2. We don't have a final list yet, which will be available when we're closer to launching.

  3. We are indeed.

  4. The structure itself minimizes the problem of less competent people joining over time, as each pursuance is something of a "filter." This is explained a bit more in some of the other documentation that will be up this month.

A:

E: Hi! I think Matt would give better advice. The best advice I can give for the moment is to say, ask a lot of questions. Of anyone you admire or is where you want to be. You are off to a great start by asking! :)


Q:

Get outta here!!!

A:

Which blockchains are you looking at using?

EDIT: Just wanted to add that I'm a huge fan of your work. You are hilarious. And relevant. Such a great combination.


Q:

Link to the /r/criticalrole FAQ. There are CR cast recommended resources.

A:

Muay Thai fighters can blow bubbles with beef jerky.


Q:

That's being determined by our more technical core people; I know very little about blockchains other than what I've read in magazines.

A:

E: I am going to ditto what Matt said. About the respect and hell yes if it's encouraged!


Q:

hahaha I see them as the Honey Badgers of the fighting world

A:

Is there someone I could contact about that? I'd love to write an article about you and your project in the crypto world. It's a great use-case for blockchain.


Q:

A simple question. Your favorite animals?

A:

If you go to MikeSwick.com, you can see a recent article we did on a transgender Muay Thai fighter that is kicking every male's ass here now. Sh'he is scary!


Q:

Yes, PM me later.

A:

Matt: Hrmm... the Huggi. A corgi-husky mix.

Erin made me clarify.


Q:

Holy crap! I never actually thought I'd get the opportunity to ask this, but at what point did you know you really wanted to step away from fighting, and are there days that you see your guys training and miss it?

Also, for a person that one day wants to go to Thailand and train, how difficult is the language barrier and is there any kind of time frame where you start to pick it up?

A:

are you going to revive project PM?


Q:

Hi Matt and Erin!!

If you were Luchadors what would your gimmicks be?

A:

Hey Reion, it was when I realized that I couldn't put 100% of myself into the fight camp and fight. I started setting myself up for a post fight career early and that just grew and grew so for the longevity of my life and future, business is just the best thing for me right now.

There is no issue with the language barrier at AKA Thailand or in Phuket. 90% of the people you interact with will have some understanding of english or speak it natively. Its a very diverse location due to tourism.


Q:

Not as such, but we'll be running a "pursuance," as entities under the pursuance system are known, that will continue much of the same work of documenting the intelligence sector, private and public.

A:

Matt: I would think my gimmick would be narrating my movesets and attacks in realtime.


Q:

Thanks for answering my questions, and I'm really glad you've set yourself up for success.

It always worries me thinking about fighter burnout and injury rates (especially TBIs), and really how many fighters have a plan after they're no longer able to step in the ring/cage.

A:

excellent, and will you build "top down" (or at least, like before, bring in many individuals who might be interested to...pursue it) or will you build it organically?


Q:

Hi!!! So thrilled you guys were able to make an AMA. Huge fan here, especially of Rebecca since i was like 7yo! and then playing as Leon as a 9yo. Thank you both so much for the delivery you make to every game. Greeting from Mexico!

now..

A question for both of you: What was your most exciting moment that you took part with in the video games?

A:

Thank you. Yes you have to have a plan before its too late. I try and help as many of my guys as possible setup post fighting opportunities.


Q:

I haven't decided on the exact form it will take or who will be in charge of day-to-day operations. I'll be involved to consult and give some direction where needed, but I don't plan on overseeing it myself at this point.

A:

Matt: Finally seeing the E3 trailers for RE6 and seeing Leon's face talking with my own voice. It was such an incredible moment for me, having been a fan of the character for so long. <3


Q:

Thanks for the reply it makes sense, I am glad you are enjoying your life after your fighting career so much, keep up the good work!

A:

Thank you immensely for your work, your courage, and your humor. I am genuinely grateful for the tireless, dogged journalism you've conducted over the years.

What do you think will be the fate of Trump? Your colleague at the Intercept, Jeremy Scahill, often asks if it'll be "Impeachment? Resignation? Or a Heart-attack?"

What do you think will happen to this newest alleged whistleblower, Reality Leigh Winner? Do you think Trump will try to make an example of her?

In the past, you've been labeled an anarchist--as cited in the criminal case against you. Do you label yourself similarly? Does this effect your work?

Again, thank you for all you do. '

EDIT: Spelling.


Q:

Matt: What is your opinion the relationship of Ada and Leon? Does Leon miss or mention Ada at all in Vendetta?

Erin: Does Rebecca ever say her famous "OH NO!" line in Vendetta? lol

A:

Thanks!


Q:

It's increasingly likely that Trump will fail to finish his term, but that will depend on lots of factors that we can't really get a sense of.

I do think that Winner will be prosecuted rather severely, unless there's something else to this story.

I've been an anarchist since about the age of 13, when I read the work of Alexander Berkman and then Emma Goldman, though I've had varying degrees of sympathy for other political inclinations over the years.

A:

Matt: Leon and Ada have a very interesting, complicated relationship. What romance that is there is peppered with mistrust, yearning, and playful denial. I imagine he misses elements of her, and REALLY doesn't miss others.


Q:

Does the ufc actually measure the fighters height and reach or do you just report it to them ? Hope you're doing Well mike.

A:

What books about COIN and political repression (past and present) and about useful countermeasures and "security culture" would you recommend, if any ?


Q:

Matt: What is your opinion the relationship of Ada and Leon? Does Leon miss or mention Ada at all in Vendetta?

Erin: Does Rebecca ever say her famous "OH NO!" line in Vendetta? lol

A:

Thanks bud. Yes they measure us themselves. We go through very rigorous medical testing as well. UFC fighters are some of the healthiest athletes around.


Q:

The Burglary and The Devil's Chessboard. Most of all, read anything by Peter Dale Scott, the former diplomat and Berkley professor who carefully documented a great deal of the amorphous security culture from the early '60s to recent years, mostly in regards to JFK and Southeast Asian drug running by CIA affiliates.

A:

E: I didn't use anyone's performance. I actually have only seen pictures of Rebecca. I'm so excited to be playing her in her 30's. You guys haven't seen her since she was a teenager! I hope you like it as much as I loved playing her. :)


Q:

What fight for you was the most memorable? Both your own and one that you watched?

A:

Despite the general dearth of public discourse, your recent appearances are stirring some useful debate. Will you continue to interact in accessible ways?


Q:

Hey Matt, massive fan, you inspired me to become a DM myself and so far (6 months) my players are really digging it!

My question for you is how far ahead do you plan the over-arching story? You've mentioned before about starting small and planning for what is immediately ahead to avoid being swamped by workload but do you have a direction in mind where to take the story from the beginning?

I have planned very far into the future with the main narrative elements and wondering if I shouldn't stick to what I have to avoid removing the element of choice from my players.

A:

My fight with DaMarques Johnson at UFC on Fox 4 was my most memorable. I had 910 days out of competition and was still not well and it was a huge stage being on the main card on FOX. It was a war 1st round but I got the KO in round 2. ;)

I think most memorable was coaching Mark Hunt to his UFC victory over Bigfoot Silva.


Q:

Absolutely. I almost always agree to interviews if a large enough audience can be reached.

A:

Matt: Big story arcs I loosely plot out, and detail the smaller, session-to-session stories upfront. I then chisel out the main arc as we go, adjusting and adapting based on player actions!


Q:

What do you think of bareknuckle boxing? Best thing about living in Thailand?Worse thing?

A:

Why do you still wear Oxford button down shirts and those silly assed Roper cowboy boots? Aren't you concerned that folks will mistake you for a deranged Texas oilman?


Q:

Hi Matt and Erin! Is really nice to see such talented people as you guys in Resident Evil.

Here are my questions (sorry for the bad english. I hope you can understand me!)

Matt: How is it to play Leon one more time? Is he different from what we saw in Resident Evil 6?

Erin: We haven't seen Rebecca in a long time. She was a very delicate but brave girl. How is she in RE Vendetta?

Kisses from Brazil!

PS to Matt: I started playing DnD with my boyfriend because of you!

A:

I see the "bare knuckle" Muay Thai events here in Thailand occasionally, but they actually do use rope over their hands. I don't follow actual bare knuckle boxing.

Best thing about living in Thailand for me is just having the gym in such a beautiful location and interacting with such awesome people that come in from all over the world.

Worst thing is that Thailand does not have a Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, In 'n Out, or some other of my favorite American eateries.


Q:

That's my disguise.

A:

Matt: I relish it. He's one of my personal favs, and means quite a lot to me. He's certainly reeling still from the events of Damnation and RE6, so prepare for that emotional baggage.

Also, that's awesome! Enjoy your game!


Q:

Do you run short term fitness bootcamps ? I might be interested

A:

Do you think they'll ever catch AVunit?


Q:

Hey Matt, big fan and I've loved your work across everything Blizzard related, and beyond!

I have three, you can pick and choose if you want.

1) What got you really interested in voice acting, and kept you going? 2) How did you go about practicing and getting better at voice acting? 3) Have you ever thought about going back to facial hair? You could cosplay as McCree at cons!

Thanks for the enjoyment you bring!

A:

Yes we do all types of training packages. Check out AKAThailand.com for more info.


Q:

They'll never catch the midnight rider.

A:

Matt: Thanks, friend!

1) My love of cartoons and video games merging with my love of theater. 2) Many, MANY classes and workshops over the years while performing on stage whenever I could. Improv helped tremendously. Cold-reading and reading outloud when alone. 3) I have, but many projects I have going on require facial mocap, and I need to shave for those... it's frustrating.


Q:

What's your perfect Sunday?

A:

What was your favorite book you read while in Prison? Favorite book of all time?


Q:

Erin: in case Matt hasn't already invited you to make a guest appearance in Critical Role, would you? I'm sure you'd have loads of fun...what class would you pick?

A:

Here in Phuket, its usually hanging at the Beach or taking a boat to the islands off the coast. Sunday is about relaxing and this is a very good place to relax. ;)


Q:

It's hard to really narrow them down to a particular favorite, but I very much enjoyed the series of George Orwell's notes, articles, and letters, which someone sent me a volume of and which I eventually obtained in full.

A:

E: Ha! I just showed him the question and told him I would love to be part. :)


Q:

Sup, brudda!! How hot is Arianny in person?

A:

Hey there Barrett, I wish you the best. Are you allowed to use a computer now? Or have you always been? I remember reading something on Frontburner that said you are not allowed to.


Q:

Just wanted to say thank you all for taking the time to answer all these questions!

Matt: How do you find time to sleep? It seems like you're everywhere doing everything!

Everyone: What's your favorite sandwich and beverage?

A:

You can come to AKA Thailand August 4th through the 12th and see for yourself. MMADreamDestinations.com ;)


Q:

The BOP had claimed that I couldn't use computers during my home confinement period, but now I'm on probation under DOJ, which allows me to use a computer so long as it's monitored, which it's going to be anyway.

A:

Matt: The nutrient broth that maintains my consciousness also keeps the majority of sleep necessity at bay.

Sandwich - French Dip with Au Jus. Beverage - Thai Iced Tea.


Q:

is there any chance for an AKA gym in the Philippines?

A:

Have you ever admitted publicly that #OpCartel was a huge scam built atop a foundation of lies?

Glad you're out of prison.


Q:

Do zombies have feelings? And did you hurt them?

A:

We actually get a lot of requests for this! I was actually in talks to do a gym in Manila before I finally built AKA Thailand. Never know...


Q:

No, because that's not true. OpCartel came out of the Anon Veracruz faction, and although there was a great deal of confusion about it in the press - such as the idea that I had started it, or that I had the documents, or that I was in direct negotiations with the Zetas, when in fact these other guys were in charge of it at all times - I have no reason to believe that their basic claims were untrue. I supported the original operation and thereafter tried to use the momentum to match Mexican journalists with U.S. press who could publish info on cartel infiltration with relative safety. Very little came of that.

A:

Matt: Don't care. ::loads shotgun::


Q:

Are you Bangkok ready?

A:

What do you think of the DNC Leaks?


Q:

That's probably the best answer to this question! Haha love you guys! :D

A:

I am not a fan of Bangkok actually so no.


Q:

I'm in favor of any leaks that reveal corruption within institutions.

A:

E: Well I am going to have to go with Leon, of course!


Q:

Do I need to be a fighter to train at AKA Thailand?

A:

Hey Barrett, 2 questions.

1) I always thought it was ballsy of you to plead guilty while staring down the possibility of 100+ years in prison. Were you aware at the time that your sentence was likely going to be much shorter?

2) Is Leiderman as awesome as his "chicken-shit assholes" rant belies?


Q:

Hi Matt!

Big fan of both RE and Critical Role (and many of your other projects, like Final Fantasy 15, and going waaaaay back... Sailor Moon)

My Not Resident Evil related question: (I'm sorry, but you expected this right?)

When using your resurection ritual rules does rolling a natural 20 on an attempt to aid a resurrection ritual (Vex for Percy's first res and Pike for Scanlan) have any benefit mechanically? Or was that just another example of the dice reinforcing awesome story/character moments?

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for the many many hours of entertainment you've provided me, and for inspiring me to start a D&D game with my own friends. A year ago I picked up the 5e starter set and DM'd my first game. Now we're playing Storm Kings Thunder, and I credit or monthly game for bringing us all closer together.

I know you hear it all the time, but I wanted to add to the many many people out there you've had a positive influence on.

Also I hope you have a fantastic wedding whenever that is! Congrats to you and Marisha!

A:

Absolutely not. Most of the guests we get are not fighters at all and are just either looking for a good workout or to have a fun experience.

Email Info@AKAThailand.com, ask for Marc and mention Reddit, and we will give you a 10% discount. ;)


Q:
  1. What actually happened was, I faced over 100 years worth of charges but refused to agree to the original plea bargain they proposed, which would have me plead guilty to one count of identity theft and whatnot and maybe do three or four years. I would not plea to anything involving fraud or deception, and I would not help them set a precedent whereby people could be prosecuted for linking to public information.

    Then my lawyers filed a motion to dismiss those charges, noting that they were misusing the statutes, that I clearly had no intent of committing fraud, etc, and they had to drop their own charges or else face possibility of being sued under a little-known provision whereby defendants of obviously fallacious charges can seek compensation, etc. That being done, I was willing to plea to whatever other nonsense they needed to save face, as the alternative was to go to trial in a system where the FBI can and does lie without consequences, and with a Dallas jury.

  2. Yep.

A:

Matt: No mechanical benefit, just ensuring the success of the ritual and making a beautiful moment of narrative improv. That's my genuine thrill in TTRPGs. :)

Thank you so much!! <3


Q:

Hi Mike, what's your thoughts? Has what Conor McGregor's done been good for the cause of UFC fighters?

A:

Six years ago, you told me I was not allowed to join Anonymous.

"You're not Anonymous, sweetheart."

You then asked /u/kiltrout why I "prank called" you, when you were the one who gave him your cellphone number, asking me to call you.

After you went to prison, and I was free to join Anonymous, I carried your torch - inspired by your instrumental role in Arab Spring (you deserve all the credit, afterall) - and I used the Anonymous brand to promote similar Brazilian and Venezuelan Springs in your name. I also assumed control of Project PM.

My question is: What future libertine activities do you have planned to promulgate the corporate American agenda abroad, and do you plan to continue using Anonymous, for which you are the official spokesman, as your vehicle?


Q:

For both of you, are you fans of the RE universe, or just in it for the work? I'm okay with either, just genuinely curious.

A:

Yea he is a stormtrooper and much respect to him for breaking out and taking himself to a level none of us ever dreamed possible.


Q:

As you yourself have quoted, I did not tell you that you weren't allowed to join Anonymous. I told you that you're not Anonymous. I said that because you were not involved in Anonymous, and even opposed Anonymous, as you've yourself confirmed here, and as was clear then, as well as from the posts on your Twitter. Like your friend Kilgoar, who's run fake articles under my name at his site, you enjoy engaging in falsehoods against people who have done nothing to deserve it, which is certainly your right.

EDIT

And now you and Kilgoar have admitted to making up much of this:

A:

Matt: Myself? I've played pretty much every RE game since the original for PSX (including some of the terrible early Gameboy ones). Since the friggin dog through the window made me yelp in front of friends in High school, I've been hooked. Leon became my favorite character by RE4, so to step into his shoes was a genuine honor.


Q:

I didn't know that you operate a Print Factory. Do you work in there yourself on the printing line?

Do you still keep in contact with Jon Fitch? You and John Fitch were some of my favorites from AKA back in the day.

A:

Do you think Anonymous still has any political/social relevance in 2017, and if not what would it take (if anything) for it to become relevant again?

EDIT: I see someone asked a similar question, I'll clarify a bit: I sit firmly on the "no it does not" side of the first part, more curious what you, as someone who was around that scene in its brightest hours, think could bring it back to its former glory.


Q:

How different is doing voice over for an animated movie compared to say video games?

A:

Yes I own a big print shop in Northern California but I don't work there. I have a great team that runs operations for me. We are about to launch a new updated website soon (SpartanScreenPrinting.com) as well as another sister company, FighterPrints.com.

Yes I stay in touch with Jon Fitch. He has been a longtime friend of mine. We used to be roommates actually. He was up here with me at AKA Thailand a while back as well.


Q:

I don't, frankly. That could change, but as I told someone else, what's needed now is something that can expand and serve as a serious counter against the powerful without burning out in a flash of chaos and disagreement. The pursuance system will be a mechanism for conducting civic affairs in such a way that everyone has the same clearly-defined rights to operate, to invent, to rise according to their talents and dedication; although Anonymous was allegedly something along those lines, the reality is that some people controlled the mediums, such as IRC servers, where much of the important work was conducted. That's just one of several fatal flaws Anonymous had - the conflict between its stated nature and its actual nature, and a lack of a mechanism for settling disagreements.

A:

Matt: Many Video Games and Animated projects do record the voices as Pre-lay, so we get to perform without any constraints, and the animation is tailored to our performances. Others involve us recording our voices over existing animation, called ADR, and that's a more technical process that takes layers of concentration.


Q:

Any chance you'll fight again?

A:

Did you trip the soap? Trip report?


Q:

Matt and Erin: Who in your opinion is the most dynamic, interesting character in RE:V? You can pick yourselves. I won't judge.

Thanks. Really excited for the release in a couple weeks!

A:

Not likely.


Q:

You mean, did I drop the soap?

A:

Matt: Oh man. Could be Leon. He's the cynic and wise-crack master. Probably Rebecca, though. She's the heart of this story.


Q:

Hey Mike, are you still contractually connected to the UFC at all? If not is there any chance we get to see you have any more fights or have you completely retired from active competition? Would love to see you give Dan Hardy one last fight.

A:

Do you still think the Kosovo War was a good thing? If so why?


Q:

First of all hi guys. Now onto the questions.

Matthew: Can you tell us anything about a new RE game and if you can't what do you the focus should be in the next one ?

Erin: How does it feel coming into this huge world of Resident Evil and voicing one of it's main characters ?

If by any chance you answer this question, thank you so much.

A:

Honestly, I like Dan Hardy and feel no need to beat him up at this point. He is doing his thing and I respect that.

I am still contractually obligated to the UFC if I come out of retirement but it would take a lot to make that happen. I would have to get a fight with McGregor. ;)


Q:

Within the context of states engaging in warfare, I don't particularly oppose the Kosovo War, and didn't then, at least on principle, as the West has indeed adopted the concept, which I agree with, that it has a right and an interest in using force against those who perpetrate crimes against humanity. Obviously the U.S. has committed similar crimes, just with more window dressing, but I'm not opposed to its machinery being used against other, even more oppressive states with authoritarian tendencies - again, in principle.

A:

Matt: I don't really know anything about upcoming projects, but I'd love to see them maintain the survival horror/atmospheric elements of RE7 and tie it with the original storylines a bit!


Q:

You fish at all and if so what's your biggest catch?

A:

Why was there a stuffed leopard on your wall in We Are Legion?


Q:

Matt: What is your favorite 16-bit JRPG and why?

A:

I fish occasionally around Phuket but my biggest catch was a Marlin in Cabo years ago.


Q:

My dad is a prolific hunter and I've had it since I was a kid.

A:

Matt: That's a hard choice between FFVI and Chrono Trigger.

Don't make me choose. Please.


Q:

What advice do you give to people when starting their own business?

A:

What's the reason behind the timing of this ama? There doesn't seem to be anything topical in your life to inspire this ama. The only topical events that tie into your ama are 1) The intercept (whom you're promoting) is being accused of revealing a source. 2) James Comey, former director of the FBI (which you're decrying) is about to testify.

The questions in this ama seem staged and this whole thing stinks.


Q:

Hi, Matt! Huge huge huge fan of your work, specifically Ryoma and Yusuke.

My question is simple: Who are, let's say, the five favorite characters that you've ever done VA work for?

A:

To work hard, never quit and accept your failures. There will be many, but you must pick yourself back up and push harder. I failed at building a gym in Thailand 3 times and lost well into the 6 figures of my life savings before I finally built AKA Thailand. It was so bad that my teammates at AKA HQ were really starting to feel bad for me failing at building a gym in Thailand and everyone was begging me to stop already and come home. I couldn't quit and took the UFC on FOX 4 fight to make the money needed to start AKA Thailand. Lastly, surround yourself with good people. Jim Rohn famously said "You're The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With". I think that is true and I had to learn the hard way. Be around the people that push you forward and are successful themselves.


Q:

For one thing, I just got allowed back on the internet for the first time in nearly five years last week, when my BOP supervision period ended, and I'm quite plainly promoting the upcoming pursuance system, which was recently announced and which I've talked about in a dozen comments, in addition to my original text above. I know the fact that I do actually have two important factors on the timing of this won't convince you that I don't, because I remember the internet quite well.

A:

Matt: OH NO THIS QUESTION AAAARGH...

Leon, McCree, Aloth, Tygra, Kiritsugu Emiya...?


Q:

Hey Mike! Big fan, used to love playing as you in the old ufc undisputed games. What was it like to have your likeness put in a video game? Did you love it or hate it?

A:

What's your opinion on RPGs becoming more and more about appealing to a wider audience rather than being made specifically for people interested in RPGs? Do you think there's a balance and is it currently perfect or tipped too far to one side?

Thanks for being so damn entertaining, by the way.


Q:

Hey Stewedpickles, thanks and I loved it!

A:

Matt: I feel RPGs can only benefit from a wider love and appreciation of the hobby. All systems evolve with the times, and while some may lend their efforts towards a more accessible gamer base, others will still cater to the more classic gamers who carried the hobby all these years. I don't see any trends or changes being able to alter or change how you play your game at home unless you somehow let it.


Q:

hey Mike, if you had to give advice to someone starting a business, what would you say?

A:

If you met Leon S. Kennedy in real life, what would a conversation between you two look like?

PS: Been a long time... comrade.


Q:

To work hard, never quit and accept your failures. There will be many, but you must pick yourself back up and push harder. I failed at building a gym in Thailand 3 times and lost well into the 6 figures of my life savings before I finally built AKA Thailand. It was so bad that my teammates at AKA HQ were really starting to feel bad for me failing at building a gym in Thailand and everyone was begging me to stop already and come home. I couldn't quit and took the UFC on FOX 4 fight to make the money needed to start AKA Thailand. Lastly, surround yourself with good people. Jim Rohn famously said "You're The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With". I think that is true and I had to learn the hard way. Be around the people that push you forward and are successful themselves.

A:

Matt: I'd buy him a drink, we'd swap stories for an hour, then I'd awkwardly ask him to sign my leather jacket.


Q:

Was there any fighter you hated that you fought? Do you still hate them now?

Who's your least favorite fighter nowadays?

A:

How many times can a zombie outbreak be stopped before its just too much and we all give in and zombie party for the rest of our lives?


Q:

No not really. They talked a lot and many said they would beat me but most of the big talkers lost. I have a good relationship with all of my past opponents now and don't harbor any real hate towards any MMA fighters.

A:

Matt: 72 times.


Q:

Mike, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently if you were starting your UFC career today?

A:

Matt I just wanted to say thank you for everything you do! I am a huge Critical Role fan and have been binge watching to catch up! Please come to Pax Unplugged in November!

My question is what made you start voice acting and how did you get so good at doing many types of voices?

Thank you! ❤️


Q:

Don't sweat the small stuff. I overthought too much and added pressure that I shouldn't have.

A:

E: I agree they both have their place. I also like the slow and scary moments. I like the suspense! I'm a total horror fan. Scare me, Baby!


Q:

What are your thoughts on MMA without a cage or ring? like the giant metamoris mat with a steep incline before the front row

A:

Mr. Mercer, Ms. Cahill, what's been the highlight of your VA careers?


Q:

I prefer the cage. I fought Butch Bacon on a huge open, and angled, mat in a promotion called Shootbox and that was very weird.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB-qUCbpYmw

A:

E: This is so exciting for me! Absolutely this and Call of Duty.


Q:

Favorite movie?

A:

Question for Matt: Since the Tal'dorei setting book is set after the year time skip, during which, Scanlan became The Meat Man, is The Meat Man going to be in the Ankarhel(sp?) lore in the book?


Q:

Too many to name but I am very much looking forward to the new Baywatch and Tupac movies.

A:

He is in Ank'Harel during that time, but the campaign guide only covers the lore of current-day Tal'Dorei, so it's not in the campaign guide. ;)


Q:

Is Dana really such a jerk???

A:

Matt, how do you feel Leon has evolved throughout the series? He started as a rookie "wrong place wrong time" cop in RE2 and has grown to be a much richer and stronger character since. Does this play a heavy role in how you play him?

Thanks, I started playing DnD cause of you and Critical Role!


Q:

He says what he feels and people either like it or not. As far as our relationship, he has done nothing but help me even up until now. He is a guy who will always txt me back or answer my call to this day.

A:

Matt: It VERY much informs my performance. He carries the weight of each person who died under his watch, every failure he incurred, and every victory that was torn from him. To still stand and fight in spite of such crushing experiences shows his true heroism, in my opinion


Q:

If you have seen any of the tuf episodes recently. Compared to when you were on it, what do you feel like has changed or do you feel like it has gotten easier or harder or do they now focus more on getting guys drunk to do or say stupid shit with the boiiiz?

A:

Ahh, Matt, you're one of my all time favourite voice actors!!! I love all the work you do, and I really appreciate it (I know a lot of other people do too)

I have 2 questions:

1) What's it like voice acting in Fire Emblem? Chrom is my favourite of all the characters you've voiced, and I just want to know what working on awakening was like.

2) Speaking of Chrom, how did you get into a role like that? What did you take away from him as a character that helped you really figure out who Chrom is?

For Erin:

1) What's it like playing in a zombie horror setting? Is it scary, stressful, or just a whole lot of fun?


Q:

To be honest, I haven't been able to keep up. I don't even watch TV that much anymore. Its just work and travel and watching the UFC or studying fight tapes.

A:

E: I would say I would like to be bitten in a non-critical area, then hopefully get a vaccine ASAP!


Q:

Does you gym have a website of Facebook? Congrats on getting set up after the UFC.

Feels like you have been around forever, thanks for everything you did in the UFC. Anyone you are a big fan of these days?

If you could go back and have 1 more fight who would it be?

A:

Matt: Are there any Leon quotes you think would work well with Mccree and vise versa?

Erin: How different do you find Voice acting to say working on Power Rangers?


Q:

Thanks man I really appreciate you saying that!

The gym is at AKAThailand.com and yes I have tried to fight Matt Hughes ever since he said he was coming out of retirement and he never responded. That is literally the ONLY fight I would come out of retirement to take.

A:

Matt: Ha! Probably a number of them! "Ain't I killed you before?" Seems thematic. "That'll do fine" when buffed/healed would be fun.


Q:

Big fan!! Always enjoyed watching you fight. Thanks! .. What kind of print factory?

A:

Long time RE fan here and I grew up with it with my brother. How did it feel being called up and given the voice role of your respective characters?


Q:

Thanks! The shop prints T-shirts as well as does Embroidery and Vinyl banners and decals. Obviously fight shorts and banners too.

SpartanScreenprinting.com

A:

E: I was and am still so excited! I love the RE world and love Rebecca. And you fans!


Q:

What would you say is your best performance in an MMA bout?

A:

Long time RE fan here and I grew up with it with my brother. How did it feel being called up and given the voice role of your respective characters?


Q:

I think the David Loiseau or DaMarques fights.

A:

E: I was so excited and am even more excited as it gets closer to the premier and the more fans I am meeting!


Q:

How do you feel about Phuket?

A:

Long time RE fan here and I grew up with it with my brother. How did it feel being called up and given the voice role of your respective characters?


Q:

Its a great place of course!

A:

Matt: My fav RE character for a long time, and when I had the opportunity to audition for him, I gave it my all. :)


Q:

When is your first trip to the ISS scheduled? Do you need time to finish instructing the following generation of astronauts first?

A:

Hi, I can't think of a good question

Would you rather fight 100 mcree sized horses or 1 horse sized mcree?


Q:

I still need to get a ticket and learn how to space travel first. Hope they have space for me. Its gonna be out of this world though! ;)

A:

Matt: 1,000 horee sized McCorses.


Q:

When will Tom Hanks make a movie about your life?

A:

So Matt,

Would you like to see Leon being represented with you as a VA in a crossover type of game, think Marvel vs Capcom or a new Project X Zone?


Q:

I am gonna guess never on this one.

A:

Matt: I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT HOOOOO MAN WHERE YOUR CURLY MUSTACHE AT


Q:

How do you work up the motivation and dedication to be successful like this? I am smart but unmotivated and lazy. Were you always this dedicated?

A:

You have to visualize things that you want in life. Actually see them. Print them. Feel them. Want them so much that you will climb out of the slump and chase them.


Q:

What would you say is the best way to build my future, while trying to attain my dream, even it it seems unrealistic?

Basically, I would like advice on how to not be dirt poor while trying live out my dreams.

A:

You have to visualize things that you want in life. Actually see them. Print them. Feel them. Want them so much that you will climb out of the slump and chase them.


Q:

How did you find your passion?

A:

Karate Kid started the martial arts passion. The Robb report made me want to be successful.


Q:

Yeah man I did not mean to criticize Thailand at all I love the country. I want to know if you host classes for kids/preteens as I might want to bring my son.

A:

Hey guys keep the questions coming and I will answer them tomorrow. Its 4am in Thailand now and I have to be at the gym early. Thanks so much for coming on here and taking the time to share your thoughts and ask me questions. Talk to you again soon! ;)