By comparison, he says, he had a blast during Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
By Jess Colwill on July 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm
Everyone’s favourite dreamy space marine Michael Biehn has described his experience rehashing the role of Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Aliens: Colonial Marines as “passionless” and “not any fun at all”.
Discussing his time voicing 80s throwback action-hunk Rex ‘Power’ Colt in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Biehn credited creative director Dean Evan’s enthusiasm for the great time he had.
“[Evans] was talking to me about the game and the fact that it was an ’80s throwback,” he said, “and there would be a lot of lines that were Arnold Schwarzenegger-like, that were Stallone-like, Bruce Willis, myself.”
“Those kind of lines, that kind of vibe, and the fact that it was going to be a throwback to the ’80s was something that I thought was interesting. But really it was his passion, man. You just can’t say no to him.”
By contrast, Biehn described the team at Gearbox as “going through the paces”.
“The only other gaming experience that I had was I did a voice [Corporal Hicks] in the Aliens game that they made,” he said. “That wasn’t fun at all. I just didn’t really have any fun. It seemed kind of passionless. I think in movies, television and the gaming world, you get some people that are really, really passionate, and some people that are just going through the paces.
“They think that because they have a brand name they’re going to get a hit game or hit movie out of it. That certainly was the situation on [Aliens: Colonial Marines].”
It certainly seems like a brand name was not enough to save Aliens: Colonial Marines.