Video game cutscene acting jobs must not pay much because for most actors, they seem to be the last stop before dinner theater. But that shouldn't require them to suck, should it?
Apparently it does, as everyone from top-level stars to washed-up '80s actors seems to turn in cringe-worthy performances. We believe none were cringe worthier than these:
5Christopher Walken in Ripper
In this futuristic retelling of the Jack the Ripper legend, via crappy PC game, there was no definite answer as to who the Ripper was. The game randomly generated a new character as the killer every time you played. Thus, every character was written much like Christopher Walken's character, Detective Vince Magnotta: shifty, untrustworthy and ready to stab a whore at the drop of a hat.
There are half a dozen familiar faces in the game's trailer--watch in amazement as each tries to out-suck the other. What becomes quickly apparent is that nobody in this game is going to chew the scenery like Walken:
In what will become video game cutscene tradition, Walken gives what may be the worst performance of his sort of illustrious career ("sort of" refers to Balls of Fury).
Seriously, as much as we love the man, it appears that Walken hasn't turned down an acting role in his life. This game came out in 1996, right between Pulp Fiction and The Suicide Kings for Walken. He doesn't care, he just really, really likes acting.
But that still doesn't explain what it is about video game cutscenes that turns every actor into William Shatner.