Dr Hedo is one of the new villains in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, but Zach Aguilar says that he isn’t super evil, just misunderstood.
Since 1984, Dragon Ball has introduced us to some of the best and most iconic villains in recent anime history, thankfully the franchise’s latest feature film has continued that tradition.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero introduces us to Dr Hedo, a child-genius who after a somewhat controversial stint in prison, emerges to be the head of research and development for the new iteration of the Red Ribbon army.
HITC recently had the chance to interview some of the English voice cast for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero and Zach Aguilar, who plays Dr Hedo, has broken down just who this new character truly is.
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Dr Hedo’s name had the Dragon Ball director googling during recordings
It has been widely reported that Dr Hedo’s name is actually meant to be a reference to the Japanese word for anti-vomiting medication. If this sounds strange, it’s because this word is in contract to Dr Gero’s name being a reference to vomiting.
Hilariously, when we asked Dr Hedo’s English voice actor Zach Aguilar about this, he revealed that the production team were actually googling it as the dubbed recordings were going on in the booth.
“Yeah, I remember talking with the director Chris Sabot about this and he was like “but I don’t know where Hedo comes from?” and they were like googling this whilst I was recording and being like “yeah it’s like anti-vomiting medication” like what is this, huh?! How does this?!” – Zach Aguilar, via Press Event.
However, Aguilar made the very good point that unusual names are certainly not a rarity in the Dragon Ball franchise. He added between bouts of laughter that “You know how it is with Dragon Ball all the characters, every character has a different [weird] name like even with Vegeta; everyone’s like “huh what’s a Vegeta is that a vegetable?” you know what I mean?”
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Dr Hedo isn’t an evil character, just misunderstood
Dr Hedo is arguably the most interesting character from the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie, but there is plenty of substance underneath the surface for this child-genius turned super-villain.
Aguilar explained how “Dr Hedo is just this crazy character and when we started working on the film, we were trying to figure out what his entire purpose was and maybe where he would go in the future?” Adding how “All these things to establish him as a solid character because he sort of shows up and is thrust into the world of dragon ball and the red ribbon army.”
When asked whether the voice role was a fun experience, Aguilar responded “Super fun, we got to do something wild with the voice I got to have [speaking in Dr Hedo voice] ‘very fun scenes’ and screaming and very wimpy, twerpy moments too as well and the writing it fantastic.”
However, Aguilar would the conclude that Dr Hedo is not evil, but he is “is simply misunderstood” and that “I think he is not [evil] in his heart.”
“He doesn’t wake up every day and be like, ‘oh, wouldn’t it be fun to destroy the world?’ Or ‘wouldn’t it be fun to like harm, harm people?’ He does not have that sense of evilness to himself, he is not pure evil. I think he gets caught up in his research and inherently just kind of like does evil things maybe without realizing it. I don’t think he would ever intentionally harm somebody, you know, that is like an innocent person.” – Zach Aguilar, via Press Event.
“For us it was about focusing on just his pure goal to continue his research and make the greatest things, he is sort of a perfectionist, he wants to continue what he is doing and reach new heights and goals,” says Aguilar.
“It doesn’t matter about his past and his family he doesn’t care about that and you have to keep in mind he is still very young. He’s only 24 years old and he’s already accomplished more than you could say Dr Gero did in his entire lifetime – It’s cool, I’m excited to see where he is going to go from here.” – Zach Aguilar, via Press Event.
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How does this character compare to your previous roles?
Aguilar then explained that “I think the pressure for me mostly came from the character just being so different from every other character that I’ve played. I play a lot of young heroes and “I am a protagonist” kind of role. Whereas this character is the absolute opposite.”
Whilst speaking in the voice of Hedo, Aguilar noted how “he has these goals, he’s a scientist, he’s not necessarily evil but he has the goal of furthering his research and it was so different to everything else I’ve done. I was so happy and to work with the team and Chris sabot. Going to Crunchyroll and seeing the statue of Goku and the statue of Piccolo like yeah [laughing] sorry I’m a nerd.”
Alongside Dr Hedo in the latest reiteration of the Red Ribbon Army is Magenta and his trusted right-hand man, Carmine.
Jason Marnocha, who plays Carmine in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, revealed what it was like to play this new character – especially when compared to his previous roles.
“It’s great. I love it. I love it because like I’ve played the really broad villains before, but beginning to play one, one that is sort of, I keep saying that he’s sort of the Jeeves to Magenta’s Bertie Wooster. So, he’s this sort of a gentleman’s gentleman in that regard, like he’s his driver, he’s his right hand, man. He makes his PowerPoint presentations for him, all the important things that one needs to do is a right-hand man. But that was a lot of fun to get to play like cool collected evil is a lot of fun… It’s a lot of fun kind of trying to play the organizer of chaos.” – Jason Marnocha, via Press Event.
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