Gamers know how important it is for certain in-game characters to stand out. Whether you’re playing an Xbox One, high-end laptop, or PS4 these games create complex worlds with deep characters. Hollywood has a lot to do with helping top-notch games make sure gamers are aware of who the top characters are by using celebrities to portray these characters. Here are eight surprising celebrities in video games.
Soap opera fans know Burton from General Hospital and now The Young and the Restless. But gamers might be familiar with him, too. Burton lent his voice to several games, including Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. Burton portrays the voice of Cloud Strife in both game series, a quiet ex-soldier who was born in a north countryside town, and treated as an outcast by the other children in the village where he grew up. He was blamed for an accident that harmed Cloud’s childhood crush, and, upon seeing himself as weak, decided to join the elite fighting union, SOLDIER. Cloud ultimately sacrifices a lot as he fights with his unit, but eventually finds peace in the final Final Fantasy game.
If you’ve played Apocalypse, you might have recognized Willis’ face and voice in a quick scene during the game. Although the game used Willis’ face on their posters to sell more copies of the game, he only has a few lines. Willis’ character, Trey Kincade, served a few years in prison. During this time, a mad scientist named The Reverend created four demons known as the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Hearing of this madness, Kincade escapes from prison to stop the Horsemen, using that famous Bruce Willis-style combination of ammunition and cool catchphrases. But, unlike other games, this one does not have a happy ending.
Most people know Hamill as Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, But gamers will recognize Hamill’s voice as Red Skull in Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat and the Joker in Batman: Arkham City. Red Skull was a disfigured youth whose face resembled a skull. He started on a path to villainy, and was eventually stopped by CaptainAmerica and S.H.E.I.L.D agent Nick Fury. Upon trying to cryofreeze them, he ultimately froze himself as well, and was released by Dr. Doom. The Joker, as most people know, was one of Batman’s ultimate arch-enemies, who was eventually defeated by the caped crusader.
Another former Jedi Knight, Jackson has also lent his voice to video games. Being the latest actor to portray Nick Fury, S.H.E.I.L.D Agent in Marvel’s The Avengers, Jackson lent his voice to the character in the games based on the Marvel characters, including Iron Man 2. He has also continued to portray his Jedi Knight Character Mace Windu in Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. In both games, Jackson’s characters continued to portray the same qualities they had in the movies, sending the other Avengers on their quests in Iron Man 2, and helping to lead the Jedi’s to victory in The Clone Wars.Liam Neeson
Also a former Jedi Knight, Neeson lent his Irish accent to various video games, including James in Fallout 3 and Henri Ducard in Batman Begins. In Fallout, James is the player’s character’s father, and is the first person the player interacts with when the player is born at the beginning of the game. He acts as a supportive father during the player’s training, and then helping the player reach his ultimate goal. But he grew tired of this seemingly unattainable goal, and spends his remaining time in the game as the player’s father. In Batman Begins, Neeson portrays Henri Ducard, the character he portrayed in the movie. Ducard is Bruce Wayne‘s first trainer, but is later revealed to be amoral and working for criminals. He and Batman ultimately become enemies, but neither is successful in defeating the other.
Perhaps the most surprising celebrity to record her voice for a video game, Sarandon portrayed her voice for the role of Granny Rags in Dishonored. Granny Rags is blind and deranged. She lost her husband on an exhibition to Pandyssia. At first, Granny Rags is deceitful, and makes you believe she is in need of rescuing, and then gives you Granny’s Front Door Key. But as the game progresses, the player learns that she has a dark secret.
Harry Potter fans know Grint as the loveable Ron Weasley from the series of movies, but did you know that Grint also lent his voice to the video games based on the movies, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1? Ron is one of several of the characters from the series to help you make your way through the game, learning magic and defeating your enemies.
Known to Trekkies as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, gamers may also recognize Stewart’s voice from popular games including every X-Men game as the voice of Professor X, Stewarts’ character from the movies, and as Emperor Septim in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Septim is a Dragonborn and regarded as one of his world’s, most famous figures. His service starts under the leadership of Cyrodiil king Cuhlecain, and eventually works his way up to General, fighting to unify his world. He gives his name to the lineage of the Cyrodiil Emperors, the Septims. Upon his death, Emperor Septim became the god Talos and took his place amongst the Nine Divines in the pantheon, the most important religious order in all of Tamriel. Elder Scrolls is becoming more and more popular.
So, if you’ve ever played one of these games and wondered, “Whose voice is that,” now you know. It could be one of several movie stars you’d never expect to take part in a video game. With video games becoming more and more popular, you could just start recognizing even more voices popping up.