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Who Is the Sweet Tooth Narrator
Netflix’s runaway hit fantasy show, Sweet Tooth, is somehow post-apocalyptic, jarringly relevant, and whimsical all at the same time. Embodying all the facets of a fairy tale, the series features the larger than life adventures of Sweet Tooth (aka, Gus, aka, Deer Boy) and Big Man (aka, Jepperd) as they embark on a journey across the wilderness in search of Sweet Tooth’s mother. As many characters as there are, there’s one particularly important one that may sound vaguely familiar: the deep-voiced Narrator whose prophetic oversight bookends each episode.
The reason that voice likely jumps out is because it belongs to prolific actor, James Brolin. The Narrator’s role, though brief, serves as Sweet Tooth’s grounding tool. Just like the comics, The Narrator offers a bit of an omniscient look into the world post-The-Sick. He also helps to connect the multiple storylines together—a much-needed helping hand considering how many characters we meet in the first few episodes.
“You know what’s so wonderful right now is that the Downeys were able to do this in the middle of COVID so well,” Brolin recently said of the series, executive produced by husband-and-wife team Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey. “It’s just all so well done and loving and, you know, I keep wondering, if you’re under 13, there’s a few scary things. But it’s really about love of family and what family is actually to all of us.”
As for Brolin, he’s been working in film and television for half a century at this point. Some of his most notable work includes playing Stephen Kiley on Marcus Welby, M.D. in the early ’70s, as well as film roles in movies like 2000’s Traffic, The Amityville Horror, and the original Westworld. He’s been married to singer and actress, Barbra Streisand, since 1998. And for those curious, yes, he is also the father of famous actor, Josh Brolin.
As for The Narrator’s role moving forward, there’s no indication that Brolin will make any onscreen appearances, but with the show’s popularity, it would be surprising for it not to get a second season and, thus, us hear Brolin’s iconic voice as Sweet Tooth’s journey continues.
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.
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