In the next info drop from GameInformer’s month long coverage of Advanced Warfare, they posted an interview today with Kevin Spacey and the co-founders of SHGames talking about Spacey’s role and how it all came about.
Glen Schofield says that he always wanted to have Kevin Spacey be the main actor for their title.
“Right from the get-go, he was number one,” Schofield says. “The guy is one of the best actors of our generation. I think he has such a great range,” Schofield says. “We’re asking him in this case to be a guy who is really likeable from the beginning and throughout the game. Somebody who is smart, can be smart, act smart, and can act like a CEO. And the same time, in another scene there’s a bunch of grunts on the ground and he has to be able to go over to them and say, ‘Hey, let’s have a beer.’”
“Us wanting [Spacey] started way before [House of Cards],” Schofield says. “I remember the first time I heard of House of Cards, I was like, ‘That’s Spacey, maybe I won’t have a chance to get him now. Maybe he’s too busy.’ So it was a little bit of a bummer, there. And then you watch House of Cards and it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s the guy. We were right.’ So we just kept pushing for that.”
Kevin Spacey himself admits there is a lot of similarities between his House of Cards character and his role in Advanced Warfare.
“I think they both enjoy making s— happen and not playing by the rules,” Spacey says , “which in a game is the ultimate disruptive act. People thought we were crazy when we made the Netflix deal for House of Cards,” says Spacey in the same interview. “’They’re out of their minds, it’ll never work.’ I’m used to people thinking I’m nuts. And you know what? I kind of love it.”
Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey say that Spacey was a natural in the studio.
“He’s a real pro,” Schofield adds. “On [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3] we had Idris Elba [Thor, Pacific Rim] and Timothy Olyphant [Deadwood, Justified], and they have maybe B-list names but they’re A-list actors in terms of talent. They would walk on and do their bit, but [Spacey] gets excited. He says, ‘Direct me, tell me what to do! I’ll try it another way. No problem, I’ll do it this way!’ He was really excited about getting the scans done, and they take like three hours. He sat there…. Here’s the other thing, we scan his face – and I’m wrong with the numbers – they usually get like 60 different [facial movements]. You usually get about 60 in that amount of time. But he’s so good, what’d we get like 80 or 90. He just gets it.