Keanu Reeves thinks everyone will be able to relate to his ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ character, as he says “there’s a Johnny Silverhand in all of us”.
The 56-year-old actor offers his likeness, voiceover and own movement to play the co-protagonist Johnny Silverhand in the upcoming action role-playing video game, and has teased the personality of his character, whom he says is “kinda naïve but also super experienced in life”.
Keanu spoke in a press release as he explained his excitement at working with motion capture after using the technique during his days filming ‘The Matrix’, and said it was fun to play out the different sides of Johnny.
He said: “Motion Capture, baby! One of the first elements that I was involved in with the game was motion-capture. I’ve done a fair bit of motion capture, I did it in ‘The Matrix' films so to start doing motion capture for Johnny was all very familiar to me. The only difference I think technologically was how close they were going to real-time review. But creatively it was very familiar and sense of starting a library of gesture and the toolbox for the animators to work with for the character.
“So you get to see Johnny as a Rockstar, you hear about his military past, and he’s fighting for his survival. He’s got all these things leading into the moment of this guy. It’s really an interpretation because I think there’s a Johnny Silverhand in all of us. He’s got a lot of energy, he’s got a good sense of humour, if not a little dark at times. He’s very passionate, he cares, he’s kinda naïve but also super experienced in life.”
Keanu’s character is the co-protagonist of ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ alongside V - which is the character controlled by the player - whose voice, face, hairstyles, body type and modifications, background, and clothing are customisable.
‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on December 10.
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