Yes, Man! Danny Wallace is in Assassin’s Creed 2
Today, it has been announced that none other than Danny Wallace is playing the part of Shaun Cummings in the swords and sandals sequel. And if there’s one guy we love at PS3 Attitude, it’s Mr. Wallace.
You may know him from books such as Friends Like These, ‘cult classic’ Join Me and Yes Man, which was recently made into a movie starring Jim Carrey. You may also know him as a part-time quiz-show host/guest on UK TV screens.
Danny also happens to be a columnist for ShortList, who took time out to interview their own man about his appearance as Cummings, a historian who advises the player throughout the game.
[ShortList] So, how did this all happen?
[Danny Wallace] Well this all happened when I took an old school friend to the BAFTA video game awards to make him happy. Essentially heâ€™s got all the video game consoles every made, all the rubbish ones like the Game Gear or the Jaguar. I thought take them there itâ€™ll be great. And will I was there a friendly fellow came up to me and said, â€œIâ€™ve got something to ask you, can I email you?â€ and I said â€œof course, yeahâ€. He emailed me and it turned out to be one of the best, coolest questions in the world. Essentially â€œdo you want to be in a game?â€ and I said, â€œYeah, yeah that would be brilliant, which one is it?â€ He had to keep on the quiet about it and it turned out to be this one. I was a fan of the first one so I was thrilled.
[SL] What does the process involve and how have you found it?
[DW] Well, weirdly, Iâ€™ve been in games before without knowing it. And actually one of them I read about in ShortList. The first I knew about it was when I opened up a copy of ShortList one day and there was a whole thing about a new game and there was a picture of me. I think you could snowboard past me. And when I started my own cult, someone, a video games designer, tried to help me spread the word of the cult. So suddenly on destruction derby online or something, which Iâ€™ve still not played, but apparently Iâ€™m in.
So with this it was a different process, not just opening ShortList and being in it. they give you a script and you get to kind of â€˜knowâ€™ the character. I was thrilled when they told me â€“ and it could have been written for me â€“ that it was a nerdy lonely loner. I suppose most loners are but this one is particularly lonely.
I read the script and went â€œyeah, this makes senseâ€ and went to a slightly dingy recording studio, which was about as hot as the sun, and they play little lines of other peopleâ€™s characters, and you deliver your line and try and make it sound natural. So itâ€™s a lot of standing there imagining youâ€™re a nerd, which is easy for me.
[SL] Have you modeled your voice on anyone in particular?
[DW] Iâ€™ve modeled it on the broadcaster Danny Wallace
[SL] TVâ€™s Danny Wallace?
[DW] TVâ€™s Danny Wallace. I thought â€œthat guyâ€™s got somethingâ€.
[SL] Are you a Method voiceover artist?
[DW] Yeah, very much so Iâ€™ve been studying this character for about 32 years, Iâ€™ve just about got it down pat.
You can read the rest of the interview over at ShortList, who seem like nice people…