Heavy Rain Director: We Don't "Desperately Need" Hollywood
It's one of the most anticipated titles of the year, and it's going to feature plenty of professional cinematography and voice acting. But the days where the gaming industry "needs" Hollywood actors to chip in for the benefit of authenticity and sales are fading, says Heavy Rain director David Cage.
During a recent Play interview, Cage said that thus far, big-name actors "often have little consideration" for the games they lend their voices to. Said Cage:
"Actors (and their agents) often have so little consideration for games that the only discussion you can have is how much money for how much time. No one cares about what you try to achieve, they very rarely agree to invest time and energy in their part, all they want is a maximum amount of money for a minimum amount of time, and ideally, on a game that wont hurt their image too much..."
This is the reason why Cage didn't pursue Hollywood for voice actors for Heavy Rain, which is a game that is really pushing the envelope when it comes to storytelling and cinema and how it mixes with virtual interactivity. He also says the days when gaming "desperately needed" Hollywood for quality voice acting are almost over. Added Cage- "The old days where we desperately needed Hollywood is gone. In the coming years, talents including writers, directors and actors will come from the game industry, and Hollywood will want them in their movies."
That, we do believe. Considering we're taking plenty of talent away from Hollywood, it's only a matter of time, right? For the entire Cage interview with Play, visit Now Gamer.
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain
2/20/2009 Ben Dutka