Video games today are increasingly calling on big-budget Hollywood celebrities to amp up their mo-cap game while trying to make the game a little more mainstream. 2019 Death Stranding was the perfect example of this with over 6 main actors such as Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo del Toro driving the narrative and 9 cameos dropping by surprise (never forget Conan O’Brien in an otter suit).
Keanu Reeves starring in Cyberpunk 2077 too, which really put the industry on the mainstream pop culture radar. Before it became normal practice, it was a fun exercise trying to guess familiar voices or sprites when they appeared out of nowhere in games of yesteryear. Find out for yourself, read on the internet, or if you’re a 90s kid, scour gaming magazines for the little gems.
Well, we’re saving you the trouble this time.
Here are 6 Hollywood celebrity cameos you didn’t know happened in video games:
1. Ric Flair in Command And Conquer: Red Alert 3
Wrestling legend Ric Flair made video games his next ring challenge with 2008’s Command And Conquer: Red Alert 3. Taking on the role of Commander Hill, Ric Flair appears in many of the game’s Full-Motion Video cutscenes assessing the current situation and the occasional banter. Ric Flair’s trash talk about wrestling somehow does a great job of playing a commander pointing the camera to really try to talk you out of your life decisions so far.
2. Kevin Spacey in Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Who else can perfect an evil weapons contractor?
Before controversies ensued, Kevin Spacey started a small side project, playing the antagonist in 2014. Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Only those who actually play the series’ campaigns would know and more so, its die-hard fans. call of duty Cutscene acting has always been top notch – put in someone who can do really sinister expressions like Kevin Spacey and you’ve got perhaps one of the most memorable villains of all time.