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Video games ‘don’t need legitimising’, says Cyberpunk 2077 star Keanu Reeves

Hollywood actor and newly confirmed Cyberpunk 2077 star Keanu Reeves has revealed he believes video games are increasingly influential when it comes to Hollywood films. In an interview with the BBC, Reeves talked about the relationship between games and movies, and the increasing blurring of the lines between the two.

“I don’t think they need legitimising. If anything, I’d say it’s gone the other way. It’s more of the influence gaming’s had on… let’s call it Hollywood,” Reeves said (thanks, VGC) when asked if having Hollywood actors in games legitimises the video game industry for the rest of the entertainment world. “Certainly with the Marvel universe, right? But then gaming probably started in the beginning with Hollywood, so I think these technologies have been talking to each other.

“I mean Marlon Brando in the first Superman, I remember him saying ‘Okay, so now they can just digitise how I am, my look, and do another performance, and I don’t need to be there,” Reeves added. “That idea of the technology of image capture and performance, we’re seeing in Hollywood now so many performances where they’re either ageing or making other performers younger, so the elasticity of performance and time and what you look like and who you are is getting more complex.”

Following a segment on the Microsoft stage for E3 2019, CD Projekt Red has revealed Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 16th, 2020. The news was revealed by Reeves, who is playing newly announced key character Johnny Silverhand. It’s gone on to become the most viewed E3 2019 game trailer.

As well as giving his likeness and voice to the game, Reeves is also providing full-body motion capture for the “legendary rockerboy” character, too. The character is a fan favourite, probably the best-known and liked from the original pen-and-paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020.

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About Vikki Blake

It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond.

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