On August 3, Jamie Campbell Bower — the actor behind Stranger Things season 4’s sinister villain, Vecna — made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. During the interview, host Jimmy Fallon asked Jamie to recite several iconic phrases from pop culture in Vecna’s menacing voice.
“For you, Jimmy, anything,” Jamie said, before repeating Julia Roberts’s famous “I’m just a girl” line from Notting Hill, the Cocoa Puffs slogan, and Rose’s passionate declaration to Jack in Titanic, “I want you to draw me like one of your French girls.”
Then, to our absolute delight, Jamie delivered a spine-chilling rendition of Lizzo’s summertime bop, “About Damn Time.”
“In a minute I'm a need a sentimental man or woman to pump me up. Feeling fussy, walkin' in my Balenci-ussy's, tryna bring out the fabulous,” he sang in his demonic tenor. Yes, we’ve watched it a dozen times over. Yes, we need him to recite the whole song. And yes, we cannot believe how seamlessly he drops his voice to the unhuman level of Vecna’s.
Earlier in the interview, Jamie detailed the process of creating the monster’s unforgettable roar.
“It took a few months to get right,” he shared. “We did the read-through, and I was there kind of at the table reading with everyone. I sat behind Millie [Bobby Brown] and I was doing the voice, and it started in this like very kind of like nasally kind of area, kind of more like Freddie Kreuger and it just wasn’t landing.”
He went on to explain that he researched past horror villains such as Hellraiser and the actor behind Pinhead, Doug Bradley. From there, he landed on the “deep, booming voice” that seems to “come out of the darkness.”
“I loved it, it was amazing,” Jamie added. “So I just kind of worked on that, and I’m a singer so I kind of just relaxed myself, relaxed my larynx.”
In any case, “About Damn Time” is most definitely a song that could snap us out of Vecna’s trance — just as long as he’s not the one singing it.
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