Dee Bradley Baker is no stranger to voice acting, having compiled an astonishing 670 credits to date, including several animated and live-action characters in the “Star Wars” universe. As for his approach to bringing Eagly to life for “Peacemaker,” Baker said he layered the character with heart since he views the “voice” of the creature as something much more than a sound effect.
“Part of why I’m called in to do something like this — whether it’s an animal or a monster or an alien or something — is there’s an intelligence or intent underneath it so that it plays out as a character in the scene,” Baker told Looper. “It’s not just a sound effect. I don’t think of myself as a sound effects guy, really. I’m really an actor that channels my voice acting in a weird way, but it’s acting. That’s what they brought me in for — to add the extra feather in if you will — that extra nuance to the performance of Peacemaker’s sidekick.”
Eagly is not only featured in several scenes in the “Peacemaker” series, the character also swoops in at the end of the “Peacemaker Dance” sequence that opens each episode. Baker said he loves the dance so much that he never hits fast-forward on his remote when watching the series opening title credits on streaming.
On top of that, Baker said Eagly shouldn’t be allowed to have all the fun. “I found myself thinking, ‘There’s got to be people on YouTube that I could go to that’ll teach me that dance.'” Baker told Looper with a laugh. “I want to learn to do that dance!”