Borderlands actor actor Troy Baker, who plays Rhys Strongfork in the Telltale Games adventure game, "rejected" his role in Borderlands 3 Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said this year. But what he missed was that, according to Gearbox, he had refused a reunification agreement that would allow Baker to work on the game.
Baker told VG247 that he quit the role because Gearbox "will not join the union"  The voice actor is a member of the American union SAG-AFTRA, which is fighting for fair treatment of workers in the industry – in 2017 The union reached an agreement to end an 1
"I can't do an out-of-state concert," Baker said. Union members can only accept union work.
And without delving into the weeds, we had long conversations about it. We always knew we were going into this being the thing. They would take these characters and place them in Telltale's Tales of the Borders series, in the proper Borderlands. I was waiting for this call. They were like, "Do you want to do this?" And I said "Yes" to you, because they will never move from that position. I'm not mad. He is invariably a completely different character, but he still cares.
SAG-AFTRA issued a statement confirming that the gearbox was "denied and excluded" from the Union's calls.
"The wrong decision of Gearbox to deny its contractors the ability to have fair wages, a safe workplace and the possibility of health coverage for their families is unfortunate," a SAG-AFTRA representative said in a statement to Polygon.
We reached out to Gearbox for comment on the union agreement and will update when the company replies.
Baker voiced Joel in The Last of Us and will reprise his role in ] The Last of Us Part 2 comes out in 2020. He is also known for his roles in Uncharted, Mortal Kombat 11 and BioShock Infinite .