Rockstar has hired street gang members to bring authenticity to parts of the Grand Theft Auto V script, and to voice in-game characters.
Speaking on WGN Radio, series writer and producer Lazlow Jones said, “In the game there’s these rival gangs. There’s Black gangs, Latino gangs. We recruited a guy who gets gang members, actual real gang members, like El Salvadoran gang dudes with amazing tattoos, one of which had literally gotten out of prison the day before.”
“We get these guys in to record the gang characters because we don’t want a goofy LA actor who went to a fancy school trying to be a hard gang member,” Jones said. “There’s nothing worse than that, so just go find the terrifying people and say, ‘Can you come in here please?’”
“"They look at the lines and say, 'I wouldn't say that,' so we say, 'OK, say what you would say.' Authenticity.”
For the country radio station and the more rural areas in the world of Grand Theft Auto V, Jones worked with country entertainer Jesco White.
“I flew into Memphis and drove an hour and a half south, near the Alabama border, and we burned furniture and drank moonshine and every few hours we'd go record some more. I bought fireworks, liquor and slabs of things to barbecue.”
“It was all expensed,” said Jones.