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September 30, 2019

Amazon to Offer Samuel Jackson’s Voice as an Alexa Option

Here’s the intro from this “USA Today” article:

Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson is lending his iconic voice to Amazon’s Alexa – profanities and all. During Amazon’s event to unveil new products and services Wednesday, the online shopping giant announced that Jackson will be the first celebrity voice for its Alexa virtual assistant and was created using neural text-to-speech technology.

There will be both an explicit version and a clean version when the feature launches later this year. The Alexa “skill” will cost 99 cents as an introductory offer. After the introductory period, the price will be $4.99, according to the product page.

While Jackson is the first official celebrity voice for Alexa, in a 2018 Super Bowl commercial, celebrities Gordon Ramsay, Rebel Wilson, Cardi B and Anthony Hopkins were called on to fill in when Alexa lost hers. The commercial won USA TODAY’s 30th Ad Meter.