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To Be, Or Not To Be: A Video-Game Actor

Felix Kemp

Video-games and films have endured a tumultuous relationship, thus far. On the one hand, you have the surfeit of rotten film adaptations destined to be traded in or included in some act of cerebral torture. Then, you have the less numerous video-game films, so devoid of quality or spirit and only functioning as blockbuster fodder to pad a studio’s release schedule. The release of a film based on a video-game is greeted with more scepticism than a politician embroiled in a sex scandal.

Good casting is essential for any good film, not just a video-game adaptation. But when the audience has a certain idea of how a character should look and behave, the job of casting them becomes more difficult. However, it is not impossible. Here is a list of actors we at Dealspwn believe are perfect for characters in video-games currently being translated to the silver screen.

Clive Owen as Marcus Fenix (Gears of War)

To Be, Or Not To Be: A Video-Game Actor

So there are some obvious differences between these two men. One is American, whilst the other’s English. One can act, the other can’t. But I believe Clive Owen could bring the pathos and guilt Epic intended Fenix to portray, as well as his gruff, no-nonsense attitude. Owen was even Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski's first choice.

Jamie Foxx as Sergeant Avery Johnson (Halo)

To Be, Or Not To Be: A Video-Game Actor

Master Chief may be the hero in Halo, but for many fans Sergeant Avery Johnson is who they remember fondest, and whose portrayal in the stalling film will be the most important. Jamie Foxx’s performance in Jarhead, as the cynical but patriotic Sergeant, won him my vote to portray Johnson.

Josh Brolin as Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)

To Be, Or Not To Be: A Video-Game Actor

Not the obvious choice, but Josh Brolin’s credentials as an actor are exemplary. His performance in No Country For Old Men, as the gruff, laconic Llewelyn Moss, is very similar to Hideo Kojima’s famed spy, sans the globe-trotting and chain-smoking.

Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake (Uncharted)

To Be, Or Not To Be: A Video-Game Actor

Hardly twins, but Nathan Fillion’s natural wit and acting ability mean he’s perfect for treasure-hunter Nathan Drake. A lot of Fillion’s roles, such as buccaneering space-pirate Malcolm Reynolds, are very similar to Drake’s character, and though he may need to shed a few pounds, he’s got the casual-humour-in-the-face-of-danger appeal nailed down.

Vin Diesel as Kratos (God of War)

To Be, Or Not To Be: A Video-Game Actor

Contrary to popular belief, Vin Diesel is actually a good actor. If you can ignore The Pacifier, he’s performed to much acclaim in the likes of Saving Private Ryan and Pitch Black. Kratos, as a character, is one-note; angry, vengeful and bellowing. It wouldn’t be too hard for Diesel to embody him, as he already has the Spartan’s physical presence.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Andrew Ryan (Bioshock)

To Be, Or Not To Be: A Video-Game Actor

Let’s be honest; we’d be delighted to see Daniel Day-Lewis portray anyone! Hell, I’d be game for a new Mario film, with Day-Lewis as Yoshi! However, he’d be best suited for scheming underwater tycoon Andrew Ryan. Day-Lewis, being a method actor, would probably play Bioshock for days in preparation for the role, eventually building a metropolis under the sea, establishing a society and culture, before finally meeting his end at the hands of his own, mentally conditioned clone.

Who Would YOU Choose?

Imagine if you were the corporate bigwigs of Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers and the like, snug in an Armani suit and leather chair. Who would you choose to portray Marcus Fenix in the Gears of War film, or Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid? For that matter, what films would you make? Does Mario deserve a remake? Should a Halo film even be made? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!

Add a comment23 comments
joe smith  Jul. 15, 2009 at 02:05

theyre all good choices except the first.brock lesnar would make a perfect marcus

KSF  Jul. 15, 2009 at 02:32

Dude... that list is awesome, I agree with all the choices

adm  Jul. 15, 2009 at 02:42

Aaron Eckhart for Snake

massapeal79  Jul. 15, 2009 at 03:06

i know who could play marcuc fenix beff up kurt russell he play a good role..

GraypSoduh  Jul. 15, 2009 at 03:22

I think Bruce Willis would make a better Kratos.

Sakitosai  Jul. 15, 2009 at 03:40

Vin Diesel is the absolute worst choice for Kratos. I think that it should be a bulked up Faran Tahir and voiced over by Terrence Carson the same way that they voiced over Silver Surfer in the second Fantastic Four movie. Faran looks just like him, and Kratos is supposed to be an old fashion Greek which Faran looks a lot like.

Cheeburga  Jul. 15, 2009 at 04:00

John Travolta as Marcus Fenix.

Look how perfect it is.

Could be twins.

Dean  Jul. 15, 2009 at 04:53

wesley snipes was BORN to play Raven from Tekken 6

Sean  Jul. 15, 2009 at 05:31

Josh Brolin as Solid Snake aside, these are some pretty weak choices, sorry to say.

Jeff Raine  Jul. 15, 2009 at 05:38

Marcus Fenix= Mickey Rourke. (much rougher, bigger,- more Fenix-like.) Not that Clive Owen wouldn't do well. Rourke just seems to fit better to me.

Sanzee  Jul. 15, 2009 at 07:27

For the love of God, the Marcus Fenix » Clive Owen pick was horrible! He looks nothing like him. Not just in the posted picture but in general. The other picks were good but I'm not sure how you managed to screw up Marcus Fenix so bad. Other then that, good job.

ManWithSword  Jul. 15, 2009 at 07:35

Christian Bale as Solid Snake. I agree about Vin Diesel, he's another really good actor. I think because he's done quite a few action movies, people have assumed that its because he can't act, which isn't the case.

Gordon Freeman  Jul. 15, 2009 at 07:51

that suck

Marius Goubert  Jul. 15, 2009 at 09:44

Kurt Russell - Solid Snake. He was the original snake Pliskin! It makes perfect sense. Great list anyway!

JD  Jul. 15, 2009 at 15:12

How could you miss this obvious one? --> Jason Statham as Cole from inFamous.

Tasha  Jul. 15, 2009 at 15:33

"Cheeburga says:
July 15, 2009 at 4:00 am

John Travolta as Marcus Fenix.

Look how perfect it is.

Could be twins."

I agree with cheeburga - Thats a brilliant pic!!!
Ok list apart from Fenix/Clive - I really don't get it!!

devist8r  Jul. 15, 2009 at 16:12

These have to be the worst selections I've seen. None of them can act. If you want to make a successful game-to-film transition, pick actors who can actually portray the charaters, not just look like them.

Emma Kelly  Jul. 15, 2009 at 20:35

@devist8r - if you took the time to read the article, you'd see that's the whole idea.

Jeff Raine  Jul. 16, 2009 at 01:33

Maybe even Ron Pearlman (Hellboy) as Marcus Fenix.

Felix Kemp  Jul. 16, 2009 at 17:31

@devist8r - I can understand you disagreeing with some of the choices, but saying Daniel Day-Lewis can't act is just stupid. Same with Jamie Foxx, two Oscars. 'Nuff said.

Sam Bell  Jul. 18, 2009 at 18:46

haha that john travolta/ marcus fenix post funny
great list!

ollie  Jul. 23, 2009 at 03:33

Vin Diesel and Kratos are the BEST.

Barney69  Nov. 16, 2014 at 00:25

I think Jamie Foxx is not a good choice for sergeant Johnson. He isn't the right build up or at the same machismo level. Johnson is known for his badassness foxx is more of a whimp.


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