Watch "Stranger Things"'s Jamie Campbell Bower Recite Lizzo Lyrics in Vecna's Sinister Voice
Jamie Campbell Bower can vocally transform into Vecna with the flip of a switch, even when he's not in character as the "Stranger Things" villain. The English actor did just that on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Aug. 2, reciting a slew of famous movie quotes and song lyrics in Vecna's deep, sinister voice. Before the impromptu performance, however, he offered fans insight into his process for perfecting the nightmare-fuel monster's distinctive manner of speech.
"It took a few months to get right," Bower said. "I was there at the table read with everyone, I sat behind Millie [Bobby Brown], and I was doing the voice. It started in this very nasally area, kind of more like Freddy Krueger, and it just wasn't landing. So I went home and worked on it, did a bunch of reference work on 'Hellraiser' and Doug Bradley, particularly. And it said that this deep, booming voice kind of comes out of the darkness." Considering the darkness of the Upside Down, that sounds about right. Bower added that his background as a singer helped get his voice to the low, gravelly pitch he was aiming for.
At the behest of Fallon, Bower then took a microphone and conjured up his Vecna voice to deliver lines from "Notting Hill," "Titanic," and even a Cocoa Puffs cereal commercial. The highlight was when he rattled off the second verse of Lizzo's "About Damn Time," straight down to the "Balenci-ussies," all while struggling to hold back his laughter. The ease with which Bower snaps back and forth between Vecna's voice and his own proves just how talented he really is. Watch him in action above, then check out the funny TikTok Bower filmed before his late-night appearance below.