‘Stranger Things’ Actor Jamie Campbell Bower Reads Lizzo’s Lyrics in Vecna’s Voice on ‘Fallon’

“Stranger Things” actor Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays series villain Vecna, appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday to discuss prosthetics and his acting process. But everyone got special treatment when they were given a modified microphone to read aloud Lizzo’s lyrics to “About Damn Time” with Vecna’s terrifying voice.

“In a minute, I’ll need a sentimental man or woman to cheer me up,” Bower read. “I feel difficult, I walk in my Balenci-ussy, I try to bring out the fabulous.”

Ahead of the unexpected pop culture mashup, Bower revealed that it took a while to find Vecna’s voice. As the powerful superhuman and dark lord of the series’ Upside Down alternate universe, nailing the voice was essential, but far from easy.

“It took a few months to get it right,” Bower told host Jimmy Fallon.

“I was there at the table read with everyone, I was sitting behind Millie [Bobby Brown], and I was doing the voice. It started in that very nasal area, a bit more like Freddie Krueger, and it just wasn’t landing,” he said.

“So I went home and worked on it, did a bunch of reference work on like ‘Hellraiser’ and Doug Bradley in particular,” Bower added. “And he said you know, that deep, booming voice kind of comes out of the darkness.”

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Vecna ​​caused such a problem for the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the final season of ‘Stranger Things’ that Bower’s co-star Joseph Quinn was questioned by airport staff demanding to know if his Eddie Munson character will return for the show’s final season.

While the vengeful villain initially looked like a mere mortal, Vecna ​​eventually transformed into a powerful demon. The show is loaded with visual effects to portray the Upside Down and its monstrous inhabitants, but Bower said Vecna’s look was largely achieved with prosthetics.

“It’s about 90% real,” he said. “It takes about eight hours to set everything up.

Bower made sure to credit makeup artists Duncan Jarman, Mike Mekash and Eric Garcia. He also praised the show’s “incredible” head of special makeup effects, Barrie Gower, who worked on “Game of Thrones” and “The Witcher.”

Bower went on to share how weird things have been since he was cast on the popular show.

“I never even imagined I’d be on a show like this, let alone play this stuff,” Bower said. “It’s amazing, it was just such a blessing. It’s all been such a whirlwind ever since I’ve had it, it’s weird.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story placed the fictional town of Hawkins in an incorrect state.

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