VOICE cartoonist Jason Chatfield says he was told he’s “too Aussie” to be the voice of Australian-themed restaurant Outback Steakhouse.
The Perth lad, now based in New York pursuing a career in stand-up comedy, auditioned for a voice-over for a commercial for the Florida-based chain, which has 1000 restaurants worldwide.
He was in two minds about auditioning, as he isn’t a fan of Outback Steakhouse’s food and they’re a Republican party donor.
“I rail against it in my comedy act,” he says.
But a gig’s a gig, so in the lead-up Chatfield was practicing his best “American-trying-to-do-an-Australian accent”
He attended the audition on Monday, but says, “I think I blew it. They said I sounded ‘too Australian’. True story.”
He says that on the plus side he can keep doing his anti-Outback Steakhouse bit on stage.
He says he tells Americans “we don’t eat any of that food on that menu.
“I don’t know what the fuck a bloomin’ onion is!” he says, referring to the chain’s signature Aussie dish—a deep-fried onion cut up into a pretty flower shape.
by DAVID BELL