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From Singer to Villain: Fukuyama Masaharu's Debut as a Disney Voice Actor in 'Wish


Renowned Japanese singer Fukuyama Masaharu, at the age of 54, is making his Disney debut as a voice actor in "Wish," an animated film celebrating Disney's 100th anniversary, set to release on December 15th. In the Japanese version, he voices King Magnifico, dubbed the "most terrifying Disney villain." Fukuyama not only lends his voice but also showcases his singing talent in the film.

"Wish," a grand musical production by the team behind "Frozen," is a culmination of Disney's century-long history, exploring the theme of the power of wishes. The story unfolds in a kingdom where all wishes are believed to come true, but it's revealed that a king wields control over these wishes. The optimistic heroine, Aisha (voiced by Erika Ikuta), faces King Magnifico in her quest to reclaim everyone's wishes.

King Magnifico, portrayed with a deep and commanding voice by Fukuyama, seeks to dominate people's wishes and gain more magical power, making him a formidable villain. Fukuyama sees his character as a tragic figure driven by excessive pursuit of justice, aiming to convey both strength and underlying sadness in his performance.

In addition to voice acting, Fukuyama will demonstrate his singing abilities in the film's songs. Surprisingly, this is his first involvement in a musical production, and he eagerly anticipates the experience. Fukuyama, inspired by Disney classics like "The Lion King," emphasizes the film's message of the importance of wishes and hope.

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