Nathan Fillion’s One Condition For Playing Drake in ‘Uncharted’ Movie

Screenrant: At Comic-Con 2011, we got a chance to catch-up with Nathan Fillion about the recently vacated starring role (and director’s chair) for the Uncharted movie, and while the actor was forthcoming about his interest in the part, he made it clear that he didn’t want to step on newly-signed director Neil Burger‘s shoes – but also wasn’t above trying “Inception” if it’d help his chances:

“I am certainly still interested in playing Nathan Drake,” he said. “I think every actor I know wants their action-adventure hero, their Indiana Jones. That would be a good one for me, I think. What I don’t want is people pressuring that poor man [director Neil Burger] and souring him on the actual idea. If we could somehow just… do you remember the movie Inception? I think that’s what we need to do. We need to let him land on the idea on his own.”

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Pozzle2497d ago (Edited 2497d ago )

I'm surprised Fillion hasn't at least been considered for the role. Especially considering how enthusiastic he is about it, and how much he seems to know about the Uncharted series. I know they might be wary of casting Fillion because he's a little too old to play Drake, but if I was a director I'd at least let a big star like him go for an audition. It's strange that he seems to be being completely ignored.

chaos-lockheart2497d ago

Arnold was old and he still played terminator, they made him look young, it's hollywood, they make people look like they are 20s when they are actually 60

gamingdroid2497d ago

Nothing like a little light, makeup and plenty of botox!

Just make sure he can still smile.

hay2496d ago

If you mean Terminator: Salvation his face was CGI on top of a Roland Kickinger's body.

Let Neil Burger do his own thing, he makes great movies, he's sure to deliver.

chaos-lockheart2496d ago

no i was talking about 3, the last one he made

Shepherd 2142491d ago (Edited 2491d ago )

Actually when Arnold returned in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" in 2003, he was 55 years old and his body was fantastic and you could barely tell he aged in the face. No CGI either.

Nathan Fillion has experience with games, starring in Halo 3: ODST as a main character, and has knowledge of film from Serenity and Firefly. Throw in the fact that he is respectful of the Nathan Drake role, is enthusiastic about playing the role, and looks a lot like Drake, and you have a winning combination.

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WhiteLightning2497d ago

"I'm surprised Fillion hasn't at least been considered for the role"

Have you seen interviews with Neil Burger, thats all they say to him "Oh Nathan Fillion this blah blah blah" and he has his say that he's considering him. Yet no one ever mentions Nolan North or the other voice actors.

Neil said in interviews he wants to wait to finish the script so he can see who could play Drake...but at the end of the day, as Nolan said at Comic con, he is Drake and I don't see why Neil would need to look for someone to play the role when Nolan is already the character. Fillion has had his parts in tv series and a few films let's give Nolan a chance

Salarian2492d ago

Nolan North isn't an actor, he's a voice actor.

Providing a voice for a situation and actually acting it out are two VERY different things.

WhiteLightning2492d ago (Edited 2492d ago )

Wow your comment is full of fail

Nolan North IS an actor but he decided to do more voice acting instead although he plays very small parts in tv series these days.

Nolan also ACTS out ALL the scenes in the games, the character was also made in his likeness.

Nolan IS Drake...

Kingscorpion19812497d ago

I have a feeling Bradley Cooper will play the part!

Motorola2497d ago

He should. I'm not gonna boycott the movie just because Fillion wont get's dumb. Bradley Cooper would fit perfectly and so would Fillion.

Tyre2497d ago

For crying out loud! Fillion is not old and certainly not too old to play Nathan Drake...Drake is in his 30ies in the game and Fillion is as old as Mark Wahlberg...a bit of exercise & Hollywood magic can do wonders. Geez this stupid age discriminative argument is quite persistant..btw Nolan North is somewhat older but he still is no 1 for the part and nobody discriminates him on his age.

Pozzle2497d ago

I agree. If an actor can pull off Drake, then who cares if he's a little too old or young? Hell, someone mentioned on Kotaku that Alan Rickman is in his 60s and is playing a character in his 30s in the Harry Potter films. Did most of the fans care? Nope. I anything, Rickman only made Snape more popular.
Too many fans seem to be focusing on actors who LOOK like Drake, but forgetting that most of Drake's appeal comes from his charm and personality.

And while Nolan North isn't the most amazing actor in the world, he DID do the mo-cap for Drake as well as Drake's voice, so he must be good enough for that. And he does rock climbing too, so he has that going for him too.
So it's strange he hasn't been considered for the role or at least given an audition. He's clearly interested, jsut like Fillion is.

The only reason I can think of is that Hollywood want to cast big-name actors to help sell the movie to the general public. But why? Even big-name actors started off as nobodies. And not every successful movie has starred big-name actors. So why not give Emily and Nolan a chance?
If the movie looks amazing and if it has great marketing, people will pay big money to see it anyway.

hilyou2496d ago

wat alan rickman is 60 he looks like 40 or 30!

Pozzle2496d ago

Lol, I know right? I could have sworn Alan Rickman was in his early 50s. But then I looked it up on Wikipedia and he's pushing 70. :O

Salarian2492d ago

So I have a crazy thought for you;
Rock Climbing? Motion capturing? Nobody cares. It doesn't matter at all if the actor has the same physical abilities as the character.

They're not going to have a bunch of film segments where the actor is scaling the sides of cliffs and buildings, jumping from ledge to ledge like in the game because that would be incredibly tedious to watch and film. And should they do that, it's more than likely both Fillion and North would have a stunt double anyway.

BlackTar1872497d ago

Bring on fillion. I fricken love cpt.mal

gameforall2497d ago (Edited 2497d ago )

Would be my choice

Yes he has the acting skills plus the sarcastic humour

LiamIRL822497d ago

Joe Flanigan actually looks like Drake, he would be perfect.

gamingdroid2497d ago

From a looks, but what about acting skill fit for the role?

Baka-akaB2497d ago

I dunno if he's really a fit , but if you've seen Stargate Atlantis , its easy to spot him as the witty yet somewhat charming action hero/adventurer .

Hell it probably fits him more than the military role they threw at him .

Kingscorpion19812496d ago

I forgot about Joe Flanigan!! But he's over 40 now. He could play the part though.

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