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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!