Sean Penn‘s usual “voice” in Brazil hasn’t got “Milk.”
Marco Ribeiro, who dubbed Penn in “21 Grams” and “All the King’s Men,” isn’t just a local film voice. As a pastor, he’s also the voice of the conservative protestant God’s Assembly Church in Rio.
And that posed a conflict.
“I did not feel comfortable with the job,” the 38-year-old Ribeiro told local press. “My voice is involved with other causes, and for the same reason I have refused to work on certain types of advertising.”
Marlene Costa, responsible for the pic’s local dubbing effort, says Ribeiro initially accepted the job but changed his mind upon learning more about the pic. Alexandre Moreno replaced him.
Ribeiro denied any prejudice against homosexuals, but on his church’s website he is quoted as saying families with parents of the same sex are “a distortion.”
As with other English-language pics, “Milk” is screening theatrically in Brazil in its original version with Portuguese subtitles. But when it gets to TV, where the big aud is, it will air in the Portuguese-dubbed version currently in the works.