Interview: The Real-Life Nathan Drake...No, Really
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."
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...?
12/8/2012 Ben Dutka