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Ironside Not Playing Sam Fisher In Blacklist

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Matt Gardner
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Eric Johnson, Michael Ironside, sam Fisher, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Toronto

Ironside Not Playing Sam Fisher In Blacklist

We called it in the our analysis of the Ubisoft presser yesterday, but the publisher has now confirmed that Michael Ironside will not be returning to the role of Sam Fisher, with the character being played by Eric Johnson - who'll be providing full motion capture, facial design, and voice work, all recorded and processed simultaneously on a mocap stage.

"They needed someone who could bring physicality to the role," said Ironside, who'll be acting as a sort of character consultant for Johnson, so that's something at least. "Eric's not playing a Fisher from the past, he's not trying to be 'Michael Ironside'. He's a good actor, he's got good chops."

For that at least we should be thankful, and it is to be hoped that Johnson can, with Ironside's help, reinvigorate Fisher in his newest adventure from Ubisoft Toronto.

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Breadster  Jun. 5, 2012 at 16:37

I'm not even particularly a big Splinter Cell fan but I'm still disappointed by this. Michael Ironside has such a distinct voice that it will just be weird now.

I understand things have to move on but Michael Ironside is the man.

hurrakan  Jun. 6, 2012 at 17:05

Nice way to ruin yet another gaming franchise.

They should have made a new character for the player and made Sam Fisher an advisor or person who gives you missions. That way everyone's a winner.

Terrible  Jun. 10, 2012 at 07:10

Sam Fisher..was born in 1957. That makes him 55. Why is he being voiced and portrayed as a 33 year old man? I'm going to go ahead and say that Ubisoft has royally **** up. I understand that Ironside had to go eventually, but I guess the series had to as well. Oh well. Life goes on.

MattGardner  Jun. 11, 2012 at 11:21

They should have made a new character for the player and made Sam Fisher an advisor or person who gives you missions. That way everyone's a winner.


Agreed, and that would basically mirror what is actually happening in real life. Ironside is so synonymous with the character of Fisher I don't really understand why Ubisoft couldn't have had their cake and eaten it too.

The birthing of a new character as the gruff elder statesman of silent death looks on, testing his young protege, seeing just how far his newbie is prepared to go? I'd play the **** out of that.

You're probably going to want to play Blacklist, though, if Jon's reports are anything to go by. Stay tuned for the preview on this one, because the action, the choices, the stealth, it all sounds terrifically exciting indeed.

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