The 5 Flattest Performances by Hollywood Actors in Games

Published 4 years ago by Andy Farrant

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Peter 'Tyrion Lannister' Dinklage is taking a lot of flak for his voice performance in the Destiny alpha. To be fair, he is playing an emotionless AI called Ghost and also his is far from the worst videogame performance we've had from a respected Hollywood actor.

Voice acting and screen acting are totally different deals. You have the artificial setting of a recording booth, for starters, if you're not doing some fancy-pants full motion performance capture.

Then in most cases there is the lack of other actors to interact with; a real director; or a full explanation of the background of the character or context of the story. That's a perfect combination of trying circumstances for an inexperienced voice actor.

Does that explain Michael Biehn's performance in Aliens: Colonial Marines, which sounds less gruff-but-likable space marine and more confused, medicated man woken at 4AM and asked to read a script down the phone?

Or Bruce Willis's baffling turn in PlayStation game Apocalypse, which is the worst Bruce Willis performance of all time? Yes, even worse than his appearance on The One Show.

Still, there is more than one way to give a ropey performance in a videogame. Stick around until the end of the video for the most unflat performance in videogame history, by way of contrast: Tim Curry as Premier Anatoly Cherdenko in Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3.

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Andy Farrant
Andy is co-editor at Outside Xbox, enjoys difficult moral decisions and fights like a cow. You might remember him from such defunct Xbox video channels as Inside Xbox.

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