Two things that make a ton of money and simultaneously make a ton of people happy are Hollywood blockbuster movies and top-rated video games. It should come as no surprise that Hollywood’s biggest actors would do some crossover work in some of today’s hottest video games.
Here’s a quick look at some of the biggest names in Hollywood and where they’ve lent their voice to the world of high profile video games.
The star of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” has the type of voice and personality that has kept him busy in animated movies like “Gnomeo & Juliet” and several animated cable television series like “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”
The star of stage and screen has voiced many different game characters as well, including Jean Luc Picard in several different “Star Trek:TNG” games, as Zobeck in “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow,” and Professor Charles Xavier in several “X-Men” games.
Arguably one of the coolest and busiest actors in Hollywood, Bruce Campbell of “Evil Dead,” “Army of Darkness,” and “Burn Notice” fame is a very busy voice actor, and not just in animated movies like “Cars” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”
His voice has appeared in several “Cars” video games, as well as “Hellboy,” and handful of “Spiderman,” games, and the “Ant Bully” game. All told, Campbell has made voice appearances in no less than 13 video games dating back to 1997.
This larger-than-life actor of “Hellboy” and “Sons of Anarchy” fame has video game producers always at his doorstep looking for his unique voice to spruce up their games. Perlman, no rookie when it comes to voice acting with such animated great movies as “Beauty and the Beast,” and many different television shows like “American Dad,” “Chowder,” and “The Batman.”
Video game creators love his range of voice characters and as a result have used him in 25 video games dating back to 1995! His biggest titles include several “Fallout” games, a couple of “Hellboy” games, and several “Halo” games. He appear quite frequently in super hero games like “The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction,” “Justice League Heroes,” and “Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu.”
Samuel L. Jackson
The “Snakes on a Plane” and “Pulp Fiction” star is no stranger to lending his crisp, distinct voice to animators. Jackson was a smash hit in the animated favorite “The Incredibles,” has since played a big role in many of the most popular video games available on the most popular gaming platforms. These include:
- Iron Man 2
- Afro Samurai
- Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- The Incredibles
This young star of “Transformers” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” fame has voiced his Sam Witwicky (“Transformers”) character on both of the franchise’s hugely successful video games, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and “Transformers: The Game.”
Expect this rising star to continue getting voice gigs for video games as he becomes and more prominent screen actor.
Sigourney Weaver said is best when she said, “As an actor I think we can enhance that experience for the player with what we do,” says Weaver. “I think at this point people haven’t taken advantage of actors (in games). We can do more than just dialogue.”
The star of such smash hits as “Ghostbusters” and the “Alien” franchise has only recently lent her voice to video games, but her first choice was a big one: “Avatar: The Game.” The game, based on James Cameron’s mega-blockbuster hit movie, “Avatar” has been commercially and critically successful. Expect Weaver to put her money where her mouth is and participate in more video games in the future.
One of the most popular and successful action stars of the past decade-plus, Vin Diesel loves to lend his voice to video games because he’s a huge fan of video games and considers himself a “gamer.”
Always looking for action roles, Diesel voiced his “Riddick” character in the several “Chronicles of Riddick” video games based on the hit movie of the same name. They include “Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena,” and “Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.” He also appeared as Milo Burik in the “Wheelman” video game, released in 2009.
As the action roles continue for Diesel, expect him to voice more high-action video game characters.
At one time Milla Jovocich was the highest paid model in the world. Never out of work, and always appearing in interesting roles, this star of the “The Fifth Element” also voiced her character Leeloo in the video by the same name.
She has recently expressed her desire to voice more video games, and may have her shot at voicing Alice after “Resident Evil: Retribution” hits theaters later this year.
This Hollywood bombshell, star of such smash hits as “Transformers,” “Jonah Hex,” and the horror film “Jennifer’s Body,” has voiced her Mikaela Banes character in two Transformers video games, “Transformers: The Game,” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
As her acting career continues, expect Fox to be a big draw for video game producers
One of the most prolific actors of this or any other era—with more than 230 acting credits on his résumé—Martin Sheen has lent his gravelly voice to a couple of extremely popular video games, including “Mass Effect 2,” and “Mass Effect 3.”
As popular as Sheen is, and given his distinct voice, expect more video game roles for him as the gaming industry seeks out more and more Hollywood actors to participate in their continual stream of highly success video games.
This guest post is by Edwin, a video game nerd whose latest obsession is Diablo 3. When not playing games, Edwin is a writer and content specialist for USDish.