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"If they do it in Spanish Castillian, well, they are impersonating me."
— Ricardo Solans, on the matter of imitating his voice.

Ricardo Solans (sometimes referred as Ricard Solans) is one of those voices that you listen and something immediately comes to mind. Any time you listen to him, the first thing will be Robert De Niro, always De Niro. So much that if another voice actor has to voice due to Solans being unavailable it would sound a bit off. He first lent his voice to the legend in Taxi Driver and the rest as they say is History.

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Solans is a Spanish voice actor whose career spans from the mid 1960's with his first big role being Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate. He in fact has voiced three of Hollywood's most popular method actors: Robert de Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino, the latter in his 1980's and 1990's appearances. Another popular actor he has voiced is Sylvester Stallone, most notably in the Rocky and Rambo films.

While he doesn't have a very extensive list of actors being voiced him like his colleagues Salvador Vidal or Juan Antonio Bernal, he did frequently dubbed Richard Gerenote , John Hurt, Danny DeVito and Derek Jacobi. His daughter Esther Solans also does voice acting.

Ricardo Solans was also subject to some Beam Me Up, Scotty! and "Weird Al" Effect in Spain. The infamous Rambo breakdown at the end of First Blood became a bit of a Memetic Mutation Narm Charm itself but people confuse Rambo's "I can't find the legs." quote to "I can't feel the legs." and they usually impersonate Solans' tone rather than Stallone's. Then, in one of Cruz y Raya sketch shows, they made a parody of the 1991 Cape Fear remake's "Come out, come out, wherever you are." scene where José Mota impersonated as Max Cady but instead of sounding like De Niro, he instead imitated Ricardo Solans' voice saying "¿Abogado? ¿Abogadoooo?".note  The sketch became a tremendous pop cultural moment, so much that the original scene would make a couple laughs rather than showing Max Cady's intimidating presence. Solans referred on the matter in a documentary as a case of "Weird Al" Effect as quoted above.

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Filmography

    Robert de Niro 
    Dustin Hoffman 
    Al Pacino 
    Sylvester Stallone 
  • All Rocky films, including its Spin-Off Creed
  • All Rambo films since First Blood
  • Cobra
  • Tango & Cash
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch — The archive footage of Rambo at least.
  • Judge Dredd
  • The Expendables
    • The second film was a notable case where Juan Carlos Gustems had to voice Stallone in the second film due to Solans being unavailable. Ricardo Solans could voice Sly for the domestic release of the film which was included as a Special Track with Solans' voice along with the theatrical release with Gustems' voice.
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    Richard Gere 
    John Hurt 
    Derek Jacobi 
    Danny De Vito 

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