Seth Rogen, Nardwuar, and Ryan Reynolds among suggested stand-ins for Morgan Freeman in TransLink announcements

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      When news that Morgan Freeman would be voicing a series of announcements for TransLink hit the Interweb on Tuesday (May 22), some couldn’t help but to be a little cynical: exactly how much were these recordings costing taxpayers? (Full disclosure: nada, due to a partnership with Visa for which Freeman is a spokesperson.)

      And, more importantly, couldn’t TransLink, the regional transit authority of a Canadian city, have sprung for a Canadian voice actor?

      Well, thanks to sexual-misconduct allegations that have surfaced against Freeman today (May 24)—and TransLink’s quick actions in pausing the rollout of the actor’s pre-recorded Visa ads masquerading as transit announcements—Vancouver’s Twittersphere is having a field day with which Canuck voices could and should replace the 80-year-old in a number of commute-oriented broadcasts.

      Leading the pack is Vancouver-born comic and actor Seth Rogen. The funnyman has a rather, erm, distinct laugh, and was first suggested by Postmedia reporter Stephanie Ip. Rogen said he is down to serve as a replacement for Freeman, even asking TransLink to “hit me up”.

       

       

      Many Vancouverites expressed their approval of the idea on Twitter.

       

      Ryan Reynolds has also been thrown into the ring, with some saying that Rogen and the Deadpool 2 star should team up on a set of announcements.

       

      Other names that have been suggested include Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Michael Bublé, Tamara Taggart, and criminally underrated Mission-born chanteuse Carly Rae Jepsen.

       

      TransLink has stated that it has reached out to Visa, which purchased ad space on Metro Vancouver's transit system to air the Morgan Freeman–voiced announcements, to determine how it will proceed with the campaign. The recordings were launched with the intention of promoting the use of credit cards in TransLink's new tap-to-pay function.

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