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Interview with Klaus-Peter Grap
[dubbing Jason Gray-Stanford in Germany]
By Markus Tusche for
[February 2005]
Translation by Jezebeljack

Klaus-Peter Grap
Klaus-Peter Grap was born on Nov 22, 1958 in Berlin. Since 1997, Mr Grap has done radio and cabaret work, has acted on both stage and television and has worked as a writer and dubbing artist. Mr Grap has lent his voice to many characters, such as Dr. Luka Kovac from ER and Dr. Daniel Jackson from Stargate SG1. Now he is also known as the German voice of Lieutenant Randall Disher from the TV show Monk.

We had the chance to ask Mr. Grap a few questions which predominantly dealt with his work as a dubbing artist and with his dubbing role of Lieutenant Randall Disher in particular.

Monk-Tv: Mr Grap, thank you for granting us this little interview. How did you get the role of dubbing Jason Gray-Stanford who plays Lt. Disher in the TV show Monk?

Klaus Peter Grap: I have been working as actor and dubbing artist since 1977. Together with Andreas Pollak who directed season one and with Hermes Synchron, I have been the German voice of Dr. Daniel Jackson from Stargate for 8 years. So, those people knew me well. Also, Jason and I have the same jug ears, so there was a physical hint as well. And in addition to that, I just love being the comedian, I love being funny.

Monk-Tv: How would you describe your typical workday?

Klaus Peter Grap: Well, you come to the studio a little before your appointment; you read through the contents of the script and have a look at your takes, if possible, so you know the direction which the character and scenes are developing towards. When it’s your turn, you go to the speaker's desk, read the German text, listen to and look at the original, and then you try to synchronize the German words to the lip movements of the original actors. This is really difficult, because often the English texts are much shorter, yet the German version mustn’t sound hurried. The hardest of all are science fiction and hospital shows because they use a lot of technical terms which are difficult for us to pronounce, but which should sound natural. Also, the combination of English and German can be a problem. Examples would be: „Ihr Thunfischsandwich, Sergeant Smith!“ (Your tuna sandwich, Sergeant Smith!) or „Lady Rachel reitet gen Riverwholestedt, anstatt Richtung Richmond.“ (Lady Rachel is riding towards Riverwholestedt instead of towards Richmond.

Monk-Tv : Are you working together with the other dubbing artists of „Monk“ or do you record everything separately?

Klaus Peter Grap: That depends on the schedules; both are possible.

Monk-Tv : How long does it take to dub one episode?

Klaus Peter Grap: I'd say, about 1 ½ days.

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Monk-Tv : Are you in contact with the other dubbing artists of „Monk“?

Klaus Peter Grap: We‘ve all known each other for years. I've already done theatre with Gauss [dubbing Capt. Stottlemeyer] 2 times.

Monk-Tv : Do you try to put yourself in the character’s place before you start dubbing?

Klaus Peter Grap: Well, you watch the scene and then you try to empathize with it. It's like acting.

Monk-Tv : Can you identify with the character of Lieutenant Disher?

Klaus Peter Grap: This part would have been perfect for me, too, and I would have been more than happy to play that part.

Monk-Tv : What do you think about the TV show „Monk“?

Klaus Peter Grap: I like it because it’s not a plain show and because the character Monk is just amazing.
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Monk-Tv : Personally, what do you like best about dubbing?

Klaus Peter Grap: I just love working!

Monk-Tv : Do you have a dream that you want to see come true, and if so, what is it?

Klaus Peter Grap: To be able to choose the parts I‘m dubbing myself.

Monk-Tv : Thank you very much for taking time for this interview. I wish you much success in your career pursuits and in your private life.


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