One of the main winners at the Academy Awards 2019 was Bohemian Rhapsody. Whether you enjoyed it or not, the film won four Oscars, including Best Actor for Rami Malek, who played the late Freddie Mercury.
Malek has been seen on both TV and cinema screens for a number of years, including his starring role in the hit show Mr Robot. However, he was known to the gaming world well before Bohemian Rhapsody turned him into a world-famous movie star, having had a key role as Josh in the 2015 PS4 game Until Dawn. It isn’t just Malek, either. Here are three other movie stars who have also appeared in video games.
Walken has appeared in numerous indie and big-budget movies, such as Sleepy Hollow, Pulp Fiction, Catch If If You Can, Annie Hall, The Jungle Book, True Romance, and Batman Returns. He’s also received two Academy Award nations, winning one in 1978 for Best Supporting Actor in The Deer Hunter.
Walken made his gaming debut in 1996 in the GMV title Ripper. It’s worth noting that Ripper isn’t the best game in the world. In fact, it’s worth playing just to see how bad it is. Walken also made an appearance in two True Crime games, as well as Privateer 2: The Darkening. If you want to catch Walken in just one game, though, make sure it’s Ripper.
Moore has achieved five Academy Awards, including winning Best Actress for Still Alice in 2015. She has also been shortlisted for her performances in The End of the Affair, Boogie Nights, and The Hours, as well as having appeared in blockbusters such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Hannibal, and The Hunger Games. It’s actually Moore’s role in the popular Spielberg dinosaur flick that Moore reprised for a video game.
It isn’t the most well-known of the Jurassic-Park-related titles but Chaos Island: The Lost World, the real-time strategy game from 1997, did feature many of the important cast members from The Lost World. So Moore aside, there’s also Vince Vaughan and Jeff Goldblum contributing with voice-over performances. Unfortunately, the game received reviews that ranged between mixed and negative, which explains why it isn’t very well remembered.
Another one on our list who has won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor when he was acknowledged for his performance in Whiplash in 2015. For a long time, J.S. Simmons was a face that would show up in movies and TV shows but with a name that you’d never quite recall. He did help his case in that regard pre-Whiplash, however, after he played J Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man and has since made a return to the comic book world in 2017’s Justice League.
Gamer were treated to some major JK Simmons screen time in the FMV-laden Command and Conquer 3: Red Alert in 2008. Simmons plays U.S. President Howard T Ackerman. He also won over gaming fans for his voice-over work in Portal 2, as Cave Johnson.