RICK AND MORTY: New Lead Stars Ian Cardoni And Harry Belden Weigh In On Replacing Justin Roiland

RICK AND MORTY: New Lead Stars Ian Cardoni And Harry Belden Weigh In On Replacing Justin Roiland

After Justin Roiland was fired by Adult Swim, Rick and Morty was left without voices for its two leads. Ian Cardoni and Harry Belden have since replaced him, and they've finally broken their silence...

By JoshWilding - Nov 21, 2023 04:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Rick and Morty
Source: THR (via SFFGazette.com)

Adult Swim fired Justin Roiland from Rick and Morty by Adult Swim following a series of serious sexual misconduct allegations. While the show's co-creator and lead star didn't face any legal charges, the damage was done and the network chose to part ways with its Rick and Morty. 

Roiland continues to maintain his innocence, but the decision was made, and there was a very real risk for a time that the show might be cancelled (primarily because he lent his voice to both the leads and countless other supporting characters).

Soundalikes were eventually cast, with Ian Cardoni revealed as Rick and Harry Belden confirmed to be playing Morty at the end of the season 7 premiere. 

Fans seem to agree that they've both found their footing in recent weeks, particularly after last Sunday's incredible episode, "Unmortricken" (which featured the returns of Evil Morty and Rick Prime). Now, Cardoni and Belden have finally broken their silence on landing these iconic roles in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (via SFFGazette.com).

"'I got to jump on this,'" Belden says of his reaction to learning these roles were up for grabs. "I emailed my agent and said, 'If you got any requests for this Rick and Morty thing, I do a decent Rick and Morty, so I’d love to be considered and to send them my stuff.'"

"I think like most fans, I had done impressions of Rick and Morty for fun with my friends," he continues. "And over time, I guess I was doing it enough that it turned into something that I thought I could really do. Ian and I have laughed because I thought my Rick was a lot stronger than my Morty, which shows how much I know."

Cardoni adds, "I already had an impression reel that I had given to my managers that included Rick and Morty voices. But as Harry mentioned, it was, 'Wow, this could be a big opportunity, I think I could do these voices.' I thought during the audition process that my Morty was getting stronger. So, during the process, we were both up for both."

Inevitably, there have been those who can't accept the two actors/soundalikes as the new Rick and Morty. Roiland's madcap approach to both characters was undeniably unique and, as great as Cardoni and Belden have been, there may well be a little something that's still missing. 

Asked by the trade whether they've paid any attention to what fans are saying, Cardoni explains, "I try to avoid that. My focus has been on doing the best voice I can. I avoid going down any rabbit holes online. As a fan, I know this show touches people worldwide, and the characters mean a lot to the fans. I share that love of the show and care for the character. Wanting to be my best Rick is with me every time I record." 

Belden agrees with that sentiment. "I’m not allowed to look at the online comments. My girlfriend won’t let me,'" he admits. "So, I’ve had blinders on through this whole process. I completely understand people being nervous. Change is scary, especially with something so iconic that many people love. But nobody is going to be a harsher critic than yourself. So, I’m striving to be the best Morty I can be."

They'd sign off by thanking those who have supported them joining Rick and Morty and it's clear they're both superfans who have landed the roles of a lifetime. 

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DocSpock - 11/21/2023, 4:55 AM

Everyone tired of hearing about this raise their hand and any other inappropriate body parts Roiland talked naughty about.

CoHost - 11/21/2023, 5:15 AM
Nobody cares about them, they're awful replacements, and it's a damn shame Roiland had to be (understandably) sacked.
Jaspion - 11/21/2023, 6:06 AM
I really don't know why people bitch so much. If I didn't know about the change, I would have never noticed it.
JonAwesome - 11/21/2023, 6:15 AM
At first it was a bit off but I think as time goes on I don’t notice it as much and can just see the characters. The past few episodes have been pretty strong.
KennKathleen - 11/21/2023, 6:50 AM
Season 7 has been on point. I've watched ep 5 about 4 times. Instant classic!

I did notice the voice changes, but I'm on board. Rick's therapy is working, characters are growing, and the stories are keeping my interest.

The all seeeing rock was a slight dud, but I'm letting it ride. Rick & Morty for the next 100 years!

SheepishOne - 11/21/2023, 8:17 AM
They're pretty solid replacements. I noticed it quite a bit (especially with Morty) in the season premiere, but every episode seems to get stronger in terms of the voice acting. In the last two episodes, I don't think I've noticed the difference at all.
BeNice123 - 11/21/2023, 8:33 AM
Its good…
MuadDib - 11/21/2023, 8:51 AM
I watch Rick and Morty on a loop, pretty much all day long since the show came out. I love noticing new little details in the background or trying to find plot holes, etc.

I’ve watched every season, no exaggeration 50+ times, probably more. I just don’t get tired of it.

The season premiere was rough, all I could hear were the differences and inconsistencies in the voices. Second ep of the season slightly improved, but it was still pretty obvious. Not sure I’ll ever fully accept the changes.

I know I’m a prick, but I honestly don’t care what Justin was accused of, I prefer him voicing the characters that I’ve grown so fond of.

Fingers crossed the new voice actors continue to improve and ultimately be come indistinguishable from Justin. If that ever happens then I’ll be fully on board. Till then, my heart is slightly broken, bc I feel like I’m watching imposters.

Rant over
WhatIfRickJames - 11/21/2023, 10:20 AM
I think with Morty, it’s a little more obvious on the delivery. I hear Lemongrab in the Roiland voice, not so much in the new one. Rick feels spot on at times as if nothing has changed

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