In the latest development related to voice actress Hellena Taylor’s pay dispute with PlatinumGames, the former Bayonetta The star has now responded to reports questioning his version of the negotiations with a twitter threadsaying that she feels “the need to defend myself and my reputation in the industry”.
First, some context. As the marketing for the upcoming Bayonetta 3 increased, PlatinumGames stated that Hellena Taylor could not return to the title role due to “overlapping circumstances”. Taylor then posted a series of videos on Twitter calling the payment offer she received — a $4,000 flat-fee final offer, she claimed — “an insult” and asking fans to boycott the game.
Following this, sources including Bloomberg and VGC reported that Taylor was offered a total of $15,000, spread over “at least five” studio sessions. It was also stated that “Taylor asked for a six-figure sum, as well as residuals on the game.” After some online abuse directed at Jennifer Hale, the new Bayonetta: PlatinumGames also weighed in to express their support for the actor and request that people refrain from disrespecting Hale or any other contributor to the series.
Due to discrepancies between Hellena Taylor’s statement and subsequent reports, and a subsequent backlash that questioned the accuracy of her initial claims, Taylor has now responded via a new Twitter thread to iron out any potential miscommunication after having been called a “liar and a gold digger”.
Although Taylor did not mention any monetary value other than the final offer of $4,000 in her opening video statement, she did mention receiving an offer from PlatinumGames after auditioning for the role. Apparently, after this, she decided to contact Hideki Kamiya, who then offered her the additional $5,000 mentioned in the statement above.
Here’s a reminder of exactly what he said in the video:
“They asked me to audition again, because sometimes voices change over time, so I auditioned for the part and obviously passed with flying colors. Then they sent me an insulting offer, so I thought ‘you know what, I’m going to write Hideki Kamiya'”.
In his latest thread, Taylor has also struck back against claims that he requested six-figure sums for the role, saying he just wanted “a fair and living wage”. She too revealed he was paid $3,000 USD for his work on the first game and claims that his involvement in the Bayonetta community helped maintain interest in the game when PlatinumGames remained silent:
“There were no ‘extensive negotiations’. I have also been informed of ridiculous fictions, such as that I asked for $250,000, I am a team player, I only asked for a fair and decent salary according to the value I bring to this game.
I was paid a shockingly low £3000 in total for the first game. A little more for the second. I wanted to give it a voice. I have sparked interest in this game ever since I started on Twitter in 2011.
I couldn’t talk about the game due to NDA, but I happily answered fan letters, emails, signed posters, recorded voicemails for weddings and birthdays. I kept my interest in the game during Platinum’s long periods of radio silence.”
Finally, Taylor writes about her discomfort. in asking fans for money in exchange for signatures, instead opting to donate 100% of signing fees to charity. Once again, he has asked fans to do the same instead of buying Bayonetta 3:
“The one time I was at a gaming conference, I felt weird asking fans for money for a signing since they had already paid for the game and I was grateful they liked my work and the character. So I donated 100 % signing fee to charity.
I will publish all 14 charities, so you can donate to charity, instead of buying this game from corrupt and greedy people). There are people who try to cast a shadow and discredit what I say. The industry is powerful, they also have powerful journalists.
They are trying to save your asset. Don’t fall for it!”
If there are any more updates to this feud between Taylor and PlatinumGames, we’ll be sure to let you know!