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John Rhys-Davies Talks Games and Film

Posted Jan 15, 2008 by Keith Cross

John Rhys-Davies Talks Games and Film

Actor John Rhys-Davies, known for his roles in the Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings films, was recently interviewed by Game Daily on his role in In the Name of the King.  In the interview he responds to questions about the film and why he took on the role quite candidly, and when he's asked to share his thoughts on Hollywood's current interest in so many video game IPs, his candor continues.  With the number of MMOs based on movies, and movies based on MMOs, including a Warcraft movie in the works, his words may be of interest to MMO gamers.

BIZ: In the Name of the King is one 40 movies based on video games in development in Hollywood. What are your thoughts about Hollywood's infatuation with games?

You really want me to answer that? It's a disaster. It's a disaster. One or two may succeed, and I hope this is one of them, but the structure of a game is completely unlike the structure of a film. And it shows the despair of the studios and producers that these movies even get a look at. If we had good writing, it would not happen. I think that right at the moment, the film industry in Hollywood is in a crisis because we have successfully excluded young and able talent for so long that now there is nothing left. There are only remakes and adaptations. There's this mentality of "oh my god. lets try to find another genre and see if we can invigorative that." When you look at the fact that only one in 10 films makes its money back, or makes enough money to keep the rest going, of these 40-odd films from games, are you going to see four successes out of that? I doubt it. If you see one or two, that will be good. It's dumb. It's stupid. But then who ever said the film industry was being controlled by smart people?

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