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Rockstar: Celebrities in GTA 5 would 'become a distraction'

Dan Houser explains why there's no place for famous faces in GTA V (Grand Theft Auto V, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Jinkies  +   1117d ago
No they wouldn't, that was the best part about past GTA games, spotting celebrities in the game. I think they have to start think what fans would want not themselfs.
Eyeco  +   1117d ago
I could not believe the ammount of celebrities in San Andreas they all done a terrific job , Ice T as the Pimp was a believable ass hole, James Woods was incredible, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Penn, Dennis Hopper, it was all amazing I had no idea who voiced these characters untill the end credits i was like "wow"
guitarded77  +   1117d ago
Don't forget David Cross... he was kinda an obscure celeb at the time, but one of my favorite comedians. Too much star power can turn out ugly sometimes though... example - Star Wars Episode I - III.
paydayp  +   1117d ago
there are celebs but not in major roles so you can still try to spot them
tigertron  +   1117d ago
Samuel L Jackson as Officer Tenpenny was a great casting choice!
jony_dols  +   1117d ago
As was Chris Penn, Ice-T & Danny Dyer in San Andreas. And of course Dennis Hopper, Ray Liotta & countless others in Vice City. Even GTA 4 had Ricky Gervais & Iggy Pop.

Come'on Rockstar, celeb voices really add to the games! Unknown's like Rob Wiethoff (aka John Marston) & Michael Hollick (Niko Bellic) are still great, but the odd cameo is all part of the GTA experience!
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Eyeco  +   1117d ago
who did Iggy Pop play, thats impressive. I loved Ray Liotta as Tommy Vercetti he played the likeable dirt bag really well
jony_dols  +   1117d ago
@Eyeco: Accidentally put Iggy down on the Vice City list! But he was the DJ on Liberty Rock in GTA 4. Here you go (if you haven't heard!)
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rowdyBOY  +   1117d ago
tommy vacetty was the best
smooch_357  +   1117d ago
They definitely weren't a distraction in previous games...I mean how could they say that after it worked so well in SA with officer Tenpenny????? And when you go and see a good movie, does a famous actor distract you there?
Sounds like a big cop out to me, the reason they stated about the actors not being available to do the voice work for as long as they needed them to because of their busy acting schedules seems more like the answer to me.
RivetCityGhoul  +   1117d ago
you know im starting to think that R* thinks that they know everything since they are in better position that they were in the PS2 days. word of advice rockstar don't bite the hand that feeds you. we built you, you didn't build yourselves.
Jinkies  +   1117d ago
We built them and we can destroy them

I hope they remember that

It does seem they are getting big headed.
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PinkFunk  +   1117d ago
I really feel like both your comments are silly as hell and unnecessarily aggressive toward Rockstar. If it turns out to suck, then voice your opinion about it. If you're skeptical, then fine. But to take responsibility for their work, or threatening their creative process is just petty and egotistical.

You helped fund GTA. Yes.
You have no experience or creative talent that has afforded you to join a development team, and make creative decisions involving artistic / gameplay design.

The only credibility you have is that you've played past games and presumably enjoyed them, so as a fan you're entitled to give your opinions. But being a prick about it frankly doesn't reflect your appreciation for the experiences they've built for you, and IMO renders your opinion pretty moot.

That being said, I have very much enjoyed some of the celebrity actors in the past. They've all done a fantastic job. However, I usually prefer in films to get new and budding actors that are less well known, since it affords the viewer a chance to get lost in their character. When it's constantly a recognized celebrity, he/she starts to lose their importance and it becomes almost fabricated.

So, if Rockstar has decided to use new actors to add freshness and uniqueness to the experience, I'm ALL for it.

If Rockstar decided to use new and not-well known actors to save money? Then obviously that's no good. But going by their track record, and the care they put in for their craft, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt.

cleft5  +   1117d ago
Rockstar just doesn't want to pay the type of money celebrities would demand. So instead they hire no name talented voice actors and under pay them like them like they did with the GTA4 lead actors. It's a really shitty practice. This is a huge franchise and the lead actors should be well paid, instead they just under pay people and then throw them away when they are done.
Bathyj  +   1117d ago
E-the I-the.

As long as theyre good actors I dont really care.
Deadwood and Rome had no big stars in them, just great actors.
asmith2306  +   1117d ago
I disagree, I thought Samuel L Jackson was class in San Andreas. He really suited the role.
NYC_Gamer  +   1117d ago
R* just doesn't want to sign that check book for known actors anymore
SageHonor  +   1117d ago
It does cause quite alot and they could save money by focusing less on celebrities
swishersweets20031  +   1117d ago
its probably because every time they get a celeb to do voice over work the celeb comes back at them for more money.

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