Acting alone is not enough, many movie and television stars now switch to “acting” games, which are all new blockbuster games.
On June 9, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, USA), thousands of gamers broke up when Keanu Reeves suddenly appeared in the flesh on the stage of CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 introduction. Not only is the guest of honor, Keanu also officially confirmed that he will participate in this blockbuster game as a NPC to guide the mission as well as accompany the player. Immediately, this created a terrible fever on major social networks. The name Keanu Reeves is already famous, now hotter than ever, constantly in the top trending worldwide.
The appearance of Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077 created a global craze in the middle of 2019.
Not only satisfying fans, Keanu’s appearance in Cyberpunk 2077 also marked an important turning point of gaming – the smokeless industry is currently valued at more than $ 43 billion. Game studios are now getting ready to invite A-list actors and stars to join their projects.
Besides Keanu, Norman Reedus, the famous actor with the dusty appearance, the ceiling style, the No. 1 superstar of the cult series The Walking Dead, is also not out of this fun. Previously, Norman had participated in a number of game projects, but only as the voice of the character only. But now, besides killing zombies on the small screen, he also cum the role of “friendly shipper” in the game Death Stranding – a new masterpiece of Hideo Kojima, released on 8 / Last November 11.
Shaping of Norman Reedus in the blockbuster game Death Stranding.
Norman shared that when he received Hideo’s invitation, he was quite hesitant and had to consult with his friend Guillermo del Toro, the legendary director who won the 2017 gold statue of Oscar. Almost immediately, Guillermo confirmed. as hard as a nail: “Take your word now. Believe me, you will not regret it”. Norman said: “I never thought that I would wear a motion-capture kit and play a main character in a game. But from the very first days of working with Hideo, I knew for sure that Death Stranding would be a real hit”.
While Norman may be considered the “new ghost” of gaming, many other Hollywood stars have followed, and wish to join this industry for many years. For example, Jeremy Davies, a veteran actor has participated in many classic blockbusters like Saving Private Ryan, Lost or Justified. After nearly 3 decades of rolling on set, Jeremy got the first chance to participate in a big game project – God of War, playing the impressive Stranger / Baldur. God of War then won the Game of the Year 2018 convincingly, Jeremy also won the BAFTA Award for Best in Game Performance. The 50-year-old actor shared: “It is a dream come true. I have always wished to enter the gaming industry for many years”.
Not only participating in blockbuster movies, A-list stars are now also taking over gaming blockbusters.
These are just 3 of the many famous names that have participated in global blockbuster games. So what created this new trend?
The first reason: The script, the plot is invested, has depth, has many branches.
Still appearing on the small screen, still playing the role of unreal characters, but participating in a game will bring different emotions and opportunities for actors. Michael Blank, CAA agent said: “Motion-capture technology has now evolved to a comprehensive level. The actors not only voiced anymore, but they also directly transformed into the characters in the game”.
Angela Sarafyan, Westworld actress, who participated in the game Telling Lies said: “I became an actor because I enjoyed different stories. But entering the gaming industry, it was really a new horizon for me. When watching a movie, the audience simply enjoys what happens on the screen. And when playing the game, the audience will watch and join the story itself”.
Scenario rich game titles are as attractive as movie, sometimes surprising and more plot twist. (In the picture is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt).
She also emphasized Telling Lies as the first game she participated in, with a 220-page script. But this is not strange at all. Most games with current storylines consume at least 10 hours of gameplay. There are games up to 80 hours of play, like Red Dead Redemption 2, with over 500,000 lines of conversation.
Directed by Emily Schweber, who is in charge of casting actors for many movies and TV series, now also extends to the field of casting actors for video games, with names such as Star Wars Battlefront II, Call of Duty : Infinite Warfare and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. She said that in recent years, actors are tending to capture the gaming market thanks to extremely attractive and creative game scripts: “About 5 or 6 years ago, I still tried to convince customers that this field is potential, although many people are suspicious. But now, the actors are constantly praising the profound game scripts, and are extremely excited to join that game.”.
Reason 2: Schedule flexible “movie shooting” with modern technology system.
Schedule “filming game” is also quite flexible and depending on the project. Troy Baker, who has participated in many major games such as The Last of Us or Metal Gear Solid, said: “You only need to come 1-2 times a month, each time takes about 2-3 days within 2 years. accomplished”. However, with big names like Red Dead Redemption or Death Stranding, this number usually lasts about 3-5 years.
Professional actors are familiar with camera lenses, but working in an environment with up to 800 cameras around is really a new experience for them.
The “shooting game” process usually takes place in a spacious studio in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and London. The difference is that this studio will be equipped with many cameras at many different angles. The actor himself must also wear a special outfit with lots of other small cameras in order to capture their every movement. Jon Bernthal, who participated in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint project, said: “You will have to shoot a long one-shot perfectly in a room with up to 800 different cameras”.
Reason 3: Money!
According to the statistics at the end of July 2019 of SAG-AFTRA, the average actor will pocket about 3,150 USD / week when participating in a game project, a pretty attractive figure compared to 5,258 USD / week. for a 30-minute TV program, $ 8,413 / week for a 1-hour TV show. (Of course, big stars have the ability to deal higher prices.) For dramas, this figure ranges from $ 125 / day – $ 1,005 / day depending on the project and the hotness of the movie.
Actor Clancy Brown said: “I think the attractive salary really attracts a lot of stars to the gaming industry. Manufacturers will have to spend a lot of money to invite big names to join their projects”.
Customers do not hesitate to spend millions to buy gaming, the manufacturers will not be bored with the millions to buy new big stars.
Meanwhile, young people are increasingly spending more to own the games they love. According to The Hollywood Reporter, millennials – Gen Y (born 1981 – 1996) spent a considerable amount of money every month to buy games and register gaming services, far exceeding Gen X group (1965). – 1979) and Gen Z (1997 – 2012).
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