Virtual celebrity: Acting stars immortalised in video games
“GoT” goes “CoD.” At least that’s what was suggested by a video making the rounds on the net. It shows series favourite Kit Harington on a visit to the game developer Activision to participate in a new part of the successful saga Call of Duty. Thanks to motion capture his face will soon appear on the screens of millions of gamers.
Since then it’s been confirmed Harington will be cast as the dastardly villain in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
He is not the first actor who lends his face or his voice to a video game. The booming gaming industry often enrols famous faces for their virtual characters. We’ve collected some of the most unusual and surprising performances.
Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
In his signature role as US president Frank Underwood in House of Cards, Kevin Spacey’s character is an enthusiastic console lover. Activision jumped on this to incorporate the features of the Hollywood star into Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. By doing so, buyers were treated to one of the most memorable celebrity appearances in a video game.
Charles Dance in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Incidentally Kit Harington is by no means the first Game of Thrones star to make the leap from the successful series to a video game. Acting veteran Charles Dance, perhaps better known as his character Tywin Lannister, also secured his place in the annals of gaming. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt the British actor and director lends his voice to the the figure Emhyr var Emreis.
Matthew Perry in Fallout: New Vegas
Matthew Perry became a global star thanks to the series Friends, and the popular sitcom also saw the ‘Chandler’ actor feature in some successful films. But when he professed his love for the Fallout role-playing video game series, the developers got wind and took him aboard. He can be heard as the voice of the character Benny in Fallout: Las Vegas. And Perry proved that he’s a genuine fan of the franchise with this tweet when the fourth instalment was hot off the presses.
Cara Delevingne in GTA V
As the supermodel Cara Delevingne was shining on the catwalks of the world and as a budding actress, she also made a foray into the games business. And where did she start? In one of the biggest franchises going as a radio presenter in Grand Theft Auto V.
Jon Cryer in LA Noire
This guest appearance is shrouded in rumour. But no one can deny that this passerby in L.A. Noire looks just like Jon Cryer otherwise known as Alan Harper from Two and a Half Men. The fact that the series star was involved in the creation of the fictional character was never officially confirmed. But hear us out: the conservative shirt, the navel-fitting pants, and the facial features surely can’t be a coincidence?