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Interview: The Real-Life Nathan Drake...No, Really

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PSXE: There has been a lot of talk about an Uncharted movie. What would you say to playing Drake in a film?

Ryan: "I can’t imagine anybody saying, ‘Nah, that wouldn’t be any fun at all.” It would be one of the most fun jobs I could ever think of having, and I would be incredibly honored to have the support of the gaming community. I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the reaction of the fans; there has been amazing fan support since the trailer came out.

And I think some of the problems with a project like that is that people outside the gaming community want to do their own thing with it. And when they do, they lose a lot of that community. The gamers are the ones who understand it and they’re going to be the ones driving a film franchise forward. So the best way to approach that is to stay as true to the game as possible. It’s so rich and well developed so they should just expand on that while still staying true to the storyline.

It’d be an incredible opportunity for me and I’d take this approach— What do the fans expect? Gamers have a huge voice and if they put their weight behind it, if they put that power to work, the right decisions can be made. Naughty Dog understands who their fans are; they listen to that community, so the louder and more vocal that community is… I just know there’s a lot of great opinion and passion among gamers."

PSXE: Can you see yourself doing more work in the gaming industry?

Ryan: "I would love to. I’ve had some great positive feedback from the gaming community, and it’s such a fun and encapsulating group of people. It’s kind of cool to be part of these games because these universes are completely unlimited. It’d be a really exciting project to be a part of, whether I do live action, voiceover; whatever, I’d be thrilled.

We had an absolute blast doing the trailer; we spent a number of nights together and we had a great time. Everyone was just fabulous to work with and I’ve had so many wonderful compliments. One of the PlayStation guys even said to me— 'It’s unbelievable; when I see you walk on camera, I think I’m looking at the video game.' That was just so amazing and I love connecting with the fans."

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We thank Mr. Culver for his time and we appreciate his insights. More and more actors are starting to work in the video game industry, and so many of them are just loving it. A lot of what we heard from Ryan is similar to what we heard in our recent Wendy Braun interview, in that these people are just having an absolute blast doing stuff for games.

And really, could this guy be any more like Drake? We all wanted Nathan Fillion to fill that role but maybe he's a little older now, and maybe an Uncharted movie would be the perfect place to give someone like Culver a shot at superstardom. He kept saying he only wanted to satisfy the fans; to make us say, "Yes, that's Drake brought to life." I don't know about you, but that's precisely the kind of actor we'd want in a big-screen adaptation of a video game, right? Somebody who understands and respects that concept...?

To learn more about Ryan Culver, check out his official website; he's into some pretty cool things. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

12/8/2012 Ben Dutka

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Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 1:31:13 AM

Great interview Ben. He can definitely be a good drake, also I think Nathan fillion packed a few pounds and would need to get fit again for the role if he still wants it. I could go with either but this could Ryan's breakthrough if he were to get it.

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Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 2:03:56 AM

Yeah, I think Ryan might just be the best fit for the role of Nathan Drake. As much as Mr. Fillion resembles the character, he had to lose a lot of weight before he plays the role. I've seen all episodes of Castle and its no different to watching his neck disappear. LOL Anyway, I hope this guy gets to audition for the movie role, if they haven't casted anybody yet. Great interview, Ben!

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Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 5:51:25 AM

I'm a straight guy, but I think he's hot.......

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Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 3:24:13 PM

lol - thank you! I was trying to shape a similar sentence myself, in an as heterosexual way as possible but it wasn't easy. :D

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Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 10:17:12 AM

Cool interview, thanks Ben & Ryan.

As for portraying Nathan Drake, I'd be happy to see either of these 3 playing him,
Ryan Culver,
Nathon Fillion,

or even Gerard Butler(he's got both, the swagger & smart-assed quips, pretty well down pat too).

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Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 10:24:36 AM

I also like it that he's not just playing a role, but that he's a real-life adventurer and pilot too. In real life, Ryan probably won't be fighting zombies anytime soon, but it's interesting to see that his portrayal of Nathan Drake isn't entirely far off the mark from his real life.

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Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 11:33:27 AM

Ryan sounds like a perfect fit for Nathan Drake. He seems to have what it takes to fill those shoes in my opinion. I would definitely support Ryan getting the role if Uncharted is made into a movie. PSXE is the only place I know to voice that support, though. It's also the only place I'd want to voice that support.

Great interview Ben.

Good luck to Ryan wherever his career takes him. Hopefully we'll see him playing Nathan Drake on the big screen sometime in the near future.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 11:49:09 AM

I wanna hang out with that dude.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 6:45:42 PM

This guy went to college at Texas Tech in Lubbock. That's my hometown. Pretty awesome. I hope he gets more work within the acting industry, he's pretty good.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 5:18:50 AM

Not sure if he is the same guy, but I personally think the guy who portrayed Nathan Drake in the "Michael - Long Live Play" commercial was outstanding and the resemblance was remarkable.

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