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King Kong Actors Reprise Roles Digitally

Hey, it's a licensed game, isn't it? It's gotta have the real thing.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: November 17, 2005
It's always a good thing with the director of a big-budget movie specifically recruits a game designer to work on the licensed game based on the movie. This is exactly what happened when Peter Jackson stopped counting all the cash he made from the Lord of the Rings movies and decided to take on another project. Thus, the remake/re-envisioning of King Kong began.


No matter how much shared love there is between Jackson and Beyond Good and Evil creator Michel Ancel, it's fairly certain neither of them came up with the ridiculously long name Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie unless it was done as some kind delightfully wicked prank on the guy who has to speed-read the titles during the TV commercials.

PJKKOGM, as we like to call it (or even PJKKTOGOTM if we're feeling particularly saucy), is a licensed game, though, and if Ubisoft is already dropping the fundage to get the license, it'd be foolish not to try and rope in the cast of the film to drop some lines in the voice recording studio. They have done this, and it has meant many easily excitable people donating quotes:

"The actors' full integration into the videogame with voice-over and likeness adds yet another layer of fidelity and highlights the close collaboration between Ubisoft's Montpellier studio and Peter Jackson's team," explained Michel Ancel, creative director at Ubisoft. "It's been great working with each of these gifted actors from the King Kong motion picture and we appreciate their dedicated, exclusive performances for the videogame."

"We want the movie and the videogame to be a shared experience, so having the voices and likenesses of the actors is very important," chimed in Triple Academy Award Winner, Ruler of New Zealand and King Kong director Peter Jackson. "Another great aspect of the collaboration is the absolute enthusiasm that the cast has shown for the game. Jack Black loves seeing himself running around the jungles of Skull Island and it's fun watching him actually play the game."

"I'm really excited my likeness will be used in the videogame. I've always wanted to be in a videogame, it's kind of a dream come true," said Jack Black, who plays the role of Carl Denham for the movie and the game, a fiery look in his eyes. When asked about his approach to conducting the voice over session, Black shared, "While it's strictly my voice, I'm still acting and using all of my skills as an artist. I went full blast for this videogame."

He then did some kind of crazy wild finger gesticulations, shouted "Shumminayeeeeaaaaha!" and leapt out the window. He was twelve stories up, but landed on Adrien Brody who shared this before submitting to unconciousness:

"It's an amazing thing to be immortalized in a video game! I hope the graphics are still cool by the time my grandkids can play."

Oh those kooky Hollywood acting types. Why won't they do?