The reality is that, although it has been tried many times, the history of adaptations of computer and console games to the big screen has almost always given a mediocre result.
It is clear that video games do not usually have, except for a handful of honorable exceptions, very deep characters or convoluted plots. On many occasions, these are nothing more than a weak excuse to shoot or conquer planets.
And apparently, in most film adaptations they have not tried to make it much better either. However, some have been profitable, which is what matters. And to increase the hook, they have used renowned actors and actresses.
Today we show you to the main well-known actors who have embodied video game characters.
Keep in mind one thing, we will only talk about live action movies, no animation. And to put the face, the body and the gestures, not only the voice in the dubbing.
We start the list in chronological order with brussels muscles.
Jean-Claude Van Damme as Guile in Street Fighter (1994)
It may be the most legendary arcade machine of all time, but the same can’t be said for its movie adaptation. Jean-Claude Van Damme heads it as Guilethe American character with blonde hair and a military uniform that you could select on the fighter screen.
Van Damme puts the same salt shaker on it that he puts on everything, and the movie is awfully bad, so it’s not worth talking about, except for one thing.
in one the castings weirdest possible, the legendary Raul Julia was Mister Bison, the most powerful evil. He says a line for the story when he is talking to Chun-Li, another of the game’s characters:
“For you, the day Bison destroyed your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday.
Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2001)
21 years since Angelina Jolie will embody a legendary Lara Croft in the movie tomb Raidertitled as the video game.
Immersed in the world of it, where Lara Croft tries to obtain ancient and legendary artifacts from the illuminatithe movie is quite enjoyable if you turn off the brain.
Giant robots and a Lara with the easy trigger, for a much luckier adaptation than the one in 2018 with alice vikander like Croft. Of course, Vikander will make Lara’s legendary braid again in a future second part.
Dwayne, The Rock, Johnson is the Marine from Doom (2005)
Actually, in the credits he appears as Sergeant Asher “Sarge” Mahoninbut is the main protagonist of the movie based on the video game doom.
Don’t go looking for it, because it is pretty bad.
Also, as always, it misses the allure and mystery of Doom’s marine character, sometimes known simply as slayer and one of whose essential characteristics is that he is an unknown soldier.
In the meantime, rock is rock in absolutely all papers. At least, this movie does not take place in a junglesomething increasingly rare in Johnson’s filmography.
Mark Whalberg as Max Payne (2008)
Max Payne was a DEA agent and former New York cop in a third-person shooter video game franchise that would spawn three titles and a movie.
In her, the role of Max is played by Mark Whalbergwhich brings us into the history of a policeman looking for the murderers of his family and his partner to take revenge.
One more of the heapas almost all the movies on this list actually are.
Jake Gyllenhaal is Dastan, in The Prince of Persia (2010)
The movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was the film adaptation of the magnificent video game series that revolutionized the platform genre with its physics. I still remember playing it constantly on that 486 PC I had with a turbo button.
to the main character Dastan was assigned the name for the film, which would also be used in later video games of the saga. Jake Gyllenhaal puts his significant talent at the service of a passable film, but what is the fifth most successful adaptation at the box office of a video game.
Gyllenhaal is recently recognized for being the face of Mysterio in the Marvel Universe, but his movies are better Nightcrawler or prisonersthe latter by Denis Villeneuve (dunes) and with Hugh Jackman / Wolverine replicating him.
Michael Fassbender is Aguilar in Assassin’s Creed (2016)
Aguilar de Nerja is one of the elite assassins that appear in the game Assassin’s Creed: Rebellion and was played on screen by Michael Fassbender. The actor who also plays Magneto becomes a flesh and blood murderer and the suit he wears is quite well done.
That’s where the virtues of a movie end incredibly mediocre.
I still remember how Fassbender himself advertised it saying that it was going to be like a new Matrix. The things they make them say for money. But he seemed convinced even though he was laughing inside, which shows that he is a good actor.
Travis Fimmel is Anduin Lothar in Warcraft (2016)
The actor, who also played Ragnar Lothbrok on vikings, donned the armor to fight for humans against orcs in another forgettable video game adaptation. In this case, the legendary series warcraft.
There, unfunny plays Anduin Lotharthe commander-in-chief of the human forces of the kingdom of storm windin a fairly flat film.
But it did well at the box office and, in fact, has the honor of being the highest grossing video game-to-movie adaptationin front of Detective Pikachu.
Mila Jojovich is Artemis in Monster Hunter (2020)
Among the few premieres of 2020 came monster hunter the movie based on that kind of game that is like Jurassic Park, but with monsters from another world. Don’t bother looking for itUnless you want it in the background for a Sunday nap.
The funny thing is that the movie character, Artemis, was not initially in the game, but was later included in a special event, so that, technically, Mila Jojovich has embodied a video game character.
The same does not happen with the saga resident Evil. There, Jojovich plays Alice, a character who doesn’t appear in any of the games, so we can’t count her that way for this list.
Tom Holland is Nathan Drake in Uncharted (2022)
We close the list with the most recent famous actor to play a video game character.
What Uncharted It is one of the most mythical sagas of video games, no one doubts it. That the anticipation for the new movie based on her is minimal, either.
We like Tom Holland, but It doesn’t make sense that it’s Nathan Drake in Uncharted. The film opens this year 2022 and, at least by signs, does not anticipate anything good. Hardly anyone liked the posters and the trailer seems like one more generic adventure, an Indiana Jones from a flea market and too young. Unless the surprise jumps, it will not break the dynamic that predominates in this list.
In addition, for that same reason of the youth they have had to go to make a prequel to the video game action and, following the line of the casting most out of tune in history, Mark Whalberg is Victor Sullivan, alias Sulli.
As you can see, the list of famous actors and actresses who have played video game characters is long, although it is true that it is not the most prominent part of the game. resume of none of them.