What links Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, Daniel Craig, and Mila Kunis?It doesn’t matter how rich and famous they get, it seems some celebrities just can’t keep away from the games console
HOW STARS RELAX
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy recently claimed he wasn’t too bothered by the shock results of Spurs losing at West Ham and Arsenal imploding at home to Swansea, because he was busy playing Call of Duty back in his crib.
Vardy may have been carrying out boss Claudio Ranieri’s orders by ignoring his team’s title rivals, but he is not alone among the stars in using gaming as a way of relaxing.
Michael Phelps may be a world-class competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian in the history of the Games, but he can always find a little time for his console. Like Vardy, he is a Call of Duty fan, playing for reportedly up to 30 hours a week.
“I really only play Xbox,” Phelps said in an interview with The Post Game. “I have been playing a lot of Call of Duty recently. People don’t know it’s me. I just get crushed. I always find myself getting heated, trash talking. And you know it is a 10-year-old kid on the other line that just demolished me. It is so frustrating but it is fun. I am very competitive in everything I do.” Of course, the swimmer also has a game dedicated to him, Michael Phelps: Push the Limit.
World of Warcraft is Mila Kunis’s game of choice. The Family Guy and Friends with Benefits actress – once voted sexiest woman alive – is, like Phelps, pretty much addicted.
“It wasn’t WoW so much as, you know, video games period,” she told Comic-Con, “because there is no middle ground for me”. She added that, at the height of her devotion to WoW, chances are you played with her at some point, as she lived and breathed the role-playing game.
The US mixed martial artist, former UFC Bantamweight Champion, and actress has previously discussed her obsession with Pokemon at length, adding that she was a moderator on one of the phenomenally successful Japanese game’s forums as a kid.
She is also another huge follower of World of Warcraft, mainly playing as a night elf hunter. Of course, as a fighter, she’s also a bit of a fan of Mortal Kombat.
Vin Diesel has made no secret of his love of gaming, once sharing a video of himself and a friend playing (there it is again) World of Warcraft.
Diesel’s passion began with Dungeons and Dragons when he was a child. He doesn’t just want to play, however: the action star has started up Tigon Studios to develop computer games. His company’s first product? Chronicles of Riddick, of course.
As James Bond, Daniel Craig may be used to playing with gadgets, but at home he is happier with a gaming console.
A fan of Halo and Guitar Hero, he has admitted that gaming had caused friction between him and one of his ex-girlfriends, reaching the stage where he felt he had to wait for her to go out before shaking - not stirring - things up online.