Actors are moving from the silver screen to the video game console, lending their voices to some of the biggest games on the market. "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks starred in "Need for Speed: The Run" and Liam Neeson voiced the main character's father in the postapocalyptic "Fallout 3." Often, their likenesses are replicated onscreen, so gamers can have a street fight as Carmen Electra, or a street race as Vin Diesel.
Mad Men'sChristina Hendricks makes her game debut in Need for Speed: The Run. Hendricks stars as Sam Harper, a wealthy woman who manages the best drivers in the cutthroat world of outlaw street racing.“I wanted to make sure that if I was going to do a video game that it was a really strong and cool character,” Hendricks told THR. “She’s powerful and she’s strong and she’s smart. I think that’s the kind of woman I like to play.”
Liam Neeson plays James, the father of the main character in Fallout 3. "This role was written with Liam in mind, and provides the dramatic tone for the entire game," said Todd Howard, executive producer of Fallout 3.
50 Cent in 'Bulletproof'
Rapper 50 Cent was asked to voice Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' protagonist Carl "CJ" Johnson, but he declined, stating that he would only voice himself in video games. The game was reworked into a PlayStation Portable version and titled 50 Cent: Bulletproof, available on PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Jenny McCarthy in 'Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3'
Jenny McCarthy's video game experience runs the gamut. She played the role of Agent Tanya in Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, and also voice stars in the fitness video game Your Shape Featuring Jenny McCarthy.
Vin Diesel in 'The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay'
Action star Vin Diesel reprised his role as Richard B. Riddick in the 2004 first-person shooter The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. His fighting style is a more aggressive, brutal variation of the martial art of Kali. Diesel also played Milo Burik in the 2009 game Wheelman. Diesel founded a video game production company, Tigon Studios, in 2002.
Carmen Electra in 'Def Jam: Fight for NY'
Model/actress/dancer Carmen Electra lended her voice to hip-hop influenced 3D fighting game, Def Jam: Fight for New York. She wasn't the only celebrity to star in the game -- rappers including Lil' Kim, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Redman, Fat Joe, Ice-T, Xzibit, Ludacris and Busta Rhymes all appear. She also appears as a celebrity challenger in ESPN NFL 2K5 along with Jamie Kennedy, Steve-O, David Arquette and Funkmaster Flex.
Sean Bean in 'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion'
Game of Thrones star Sean Bean lent his voice to the game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion as Martin Septim, the Emperor’s lost son and heir to the throne. Other actors who voiced the game include Patrick Stewart, Terence Stamp and Lynda Carter. “Oblivion is something unique, an epic entertainment experience unlike anything I had seen before,” said Bean of working on his first game. “I decided this was a project I really wanted to work on creatively and I hope fans of the game enjoy the results.”
Mickey Rourke in 'Rogue Warrior'
Oscar-nominated actor Mickey Rourke voiced the irreverent, battle-tested Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko, a real-life Navy SEAL in Bethesda's Rogue Warrior. In the game, based on the book series of the same name, players control Marcinko/Rourke as he assaults a suspected North Korea ballistics base.
Patrick Stewart in 'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion'
X-Men star Patrick Stewart has had several roles for video games, including the games based on his film roles such as Star Trek and X-Men. But he also voiced characters unrelated to his films, including Emperor Uriel Septim in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for which he won a Spike TV Video Game Award in 2006.