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CAST THIS: Commander Shepard

01.28.2010

I had two options of when to write this Cast This column. I could wait until some super official MASS EFFECT movie news came out, or I could do it the week the new game is released. Well, since I’ve spent 10 of the last 24 hours playing it, it's currently all I'm thinking about and I'm rushing through my work day so I can start playing it again, here we are.

He’s the first human Spectre, the savior of the galaxy and allegedly pretty good in the virtual sack. This week, he’s back for a whole new set of adventures, and he’s the man (or woman) without a real first name. He’s COMMANDER SHEPARD.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. How the hell do you cast a hero of a movie where you can completely customize them in game, changing gender, race and age to whatever suits you? That’s a very valid point, but when this movie adaptation does come, it’ll have to be done, and I have to imagine they’ll try and go with someone that looks like the “default” pictured above.

Out of every video game I’ve ever played, I haven’t seen one that is more deserving of a movie franchise than MASS EFFECT. The universe is mind-bogglingly in-depth, and rivals STAR WARS and STAR TREK in terms of its complexity. Those at Bioware say they are excited about the prospect of a movie, but only one that’s done “right.” To me though, playing through the game mostly feels like an interactive twenty hour movie already.

Our Shepard can really be anything you wan’t, so this casting column is something of a blank slate. If you want to pick someone to look like the guy up there, so be it, or if you think an different actor better suits your vision of Shepard, then go for it. Myself? My Shepard is a burly Asian dude with blue eyes, so I’m going with Daniel Dae Kim.

Last Week: MARY JANE

I thought about doing a THIRD Spider-Man column this week, but I though that was pushing it. Last time we were talking about who Mary Jane would be in the new film, and here’s what we got:

1. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (12%) 2. Emma Stone (11%) 3. Rachel Hurd-Wood (5%)

Man, you guys sure love your Mary Elizabeth Winstead don’t you? I remember when you cast her as both Betty AND Veronica in one of my first Cast This columns. She’s been fine in what I’ve seen her in and is quite hot, but I’m not sure I understand all the rabid enthusiasm surrounding her.

Emma Stone is without a doubt my choice. She’s the sultriest redhead out there if you ask me, and I think she definitely could look high school age in the new film. Hurd-Wood I was less familiar with, but “bombshell” doesn’t really come to mind when I was sifting through her pictures.

Alright, that’s all for now, let’s hear those Shepard ideas!

Extra Tidbit: If anyone currently playing Mass Effect 2 can tell me how the hell you use medi-gel now, that would be appreciated.
Source: JoBlo
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4:36PM on 02/09/2010

Matthew Fox or Andy Whitfield

Fox just based off pure visuals, and I think he has the chops to carry it. Ditto for Whitfield, but if they went with an relative unknown I would want him.
Fox just based off pure visuals, and I think he has the chops to carry it. Ditto for Whitfield, but if they went with an relative unknown I would want him.
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1:41PM on 02/09/2010

Definitely

Matthew Fox would be perfect, he's definitely got the age and look to carry the part. I'm not sure if Sam Witwer could carry the part.
Matthew Fox would be perfect, he's definitely got the age and look to carry the part. I'm not sure if Sam Witwer could carry the part.
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5:32AM on 01/29/2010
Seeing as how you can age the character you play, i would go with Bruce Willis as thats who he reminds me of when i play. Game is awesome tho and if no one has answered yet, RB to use medi gel!
Seeing as how you can age the character you play, i would go with Bruce Willis as thats who he reminds me of when i play. Game is awesome tho and if no one has answered yet, RB to use medi gel!
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3:15AM on 01/29/2010
I may get shot down with this choice but I think Sam Witwer would be a cool choice. I can see Matthew Fox pulling it off to.

See here before you thumb's down me: [link]
I may get shot down with this choice but I think Sam Witwer would be a cool choice. I can see Matthew Fox pulling it off to.

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10:57PM on 01/28/2010

the obvious pick

Channing Tatum
but Matt Fox would be fucking badass
Channing Tatum
but Matt Fox would be fucking badass
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4:08PM on 02/08/2010
Why would he be the obvious pick?? He sucks beyond the galaxy. He hasn't been in a good movie yet. Lets doom Mass Effect?? No!
Why would he be the obvious pick?? He sucks beyond the galaxy. He hasn't been in a good movie yet. Lets doom Mass Effect?? No!
8:47PM on 01/28/2010

Matthew Fox

This would be perfect for him. I think he is an underrated actor
This would be perfect for him. I think he is an underrated actor
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8:34PM on 01/28/2010
if you´re gonna chose anyone from PB, than Dominic Purcell looks very much like Shepard.. Worthington would be good but seriously, another franchize? Unknown maybe
if you´re gonna chose anyone from PB, than Dominic Purcell looks very much like Shepard.. Worthington would be good but seriously, another franchize? Unknown maybe
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8:20PM on 01/28/2010
i got (in no particular order)Caviezel,Matthew Fox,Worthington, Bale and even Wentworth Miller (from Prison Break). But surely no Tatum...lol
i got (in no particular order)Caviezel,Matthew Fox,Worthington, Bale and even Wentworth Miller (from Prison Break). But surely no Tatum...lol
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7:50PM on 01/28/2010

Why Not?

Mark Vanderloo, I mean he is the person they used for the model. Maybe he can act?
Mark Vanderloo, I mean he is the person they used for the model. Maybe he can act?
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7:22PM on 01/28/2010
sorry, double post.
sorry, double post.
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7:18PM on 01/28/2010
I still maintain Jim Caviezel is the only person I'd like to see play Shepherd. He REALLY looks the part. Watch the movie Outlander and tell me he doesn't. Hell, the armor in that movie he wore before crashing on Earth looks a LOT like Shepherd's. Not to mention, he's probably the most underrated actor out there right now. And just got to add, the new game KICKS ASS!
I still maintain Jim Caviezel is the only person I'd like to see play Shepherd. He REALLY looks the part. Watch the movie Outlander and tell me he doesn't. Hell, the armor in that movie he wore before crashing on Earth looks a LOT like Shepherd's. Not to mention, he's probably the most underrated actor out there right now. And just got to add, the new game KICKS ASS!
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6:40PM on 01/28/2010
I picked it up yesterday and played it for the first time today... for 2 hours and 47 minutes straight. I didn't even play the first one but this game kicks serious ass.

Anyway, he looks just like Matthew Fox, but his voice and command is something that Fox wouldn't be able to do so well. After watching every episode of LOST more then once, Fox has some serious range and has stirred emotions in me more then once (sexual reference over). I'd like to see him or...

Chris Evans.
I picked it up yesterday and played it for the first time today... for 2 hours and 47 minutes straight. I didn't even play the first one but this game kicks serious ass.

Anyway, he looks just like Matthew Fox, but his voice and command is something that Fox wouldn't be able to do so well. After watching every episode of LOST more then once, Fox has some serious range and has stirred emotions in me more then once (sexual reference over). I'd like to see him or...

Chris Evans. Seriously.. his turn in Sunshine changed my entire perspective of him and I think he'd do great in this.
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5:33PM on 01/28/2010

Perfect Fit

Matthew Fox Absolutely.
PS. This game is revolutionary. Play it ASAP
Matthew Fox Absolutely.
PS. This game is revolutionary. Play it ASAP
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5:31PM on 01/28/2010
This is not a "vote-post". I just wanted to share with all schmoes an awesome trailer from this game. Check it out here: [link]
This is not a "vote-post". I just wanted to share with all schmoes an awesome trailer from this game. Check it out here: [link]
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5:28PM on 01/28/2010
Matthew Fox. Dude needs to break out from "Lost".
Matthew Fox. Dude needs to break out from "Lost".
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4:05PM on 01/28/2010

I don't wanna ruin your poll or anything...

...but if there's a Mass Effect movie, Shepard probably won't be in. They've already released a few novels set in the universe and they didn't use Sheppard because they didn't want to affect the universe the players have created.

If a movie is ever made, and Bioware has any say in it, we can expect them to follow the same logic.
...but if there's a Mass Effect movie, Shepard probably won't be in. They've already released a few novels set in the universe and they didn't use Sheppard because they didn't want to affect the universe the players have created.

If a movie is ever made, and Bioware has any say in it, we can expect them to follow the same logic.
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3:58PM on 01/28/2010
Every time I play that game I always think of Carlos Bernard from 24....I can see the resemblance....plus Carlos can pull off the pissed off attitude that fits Shephard's persona...
Every time I play that game I always think of Carlos Bernard from 24....I can see the resemblance....plus Carlos can pull off the pissed off attitude that fits Shephard's persona...
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2:58PM on 01/28/2010
Matthew Fox?? He might as well change his last name to Shepard if he gets cast. Give me Ryan Reynolds for Commander Shepard.
Matthew Fox?? He might as well change his last name to Shepard if he gets cast. Give me Ryan Reynolds for Commander Shepard.
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2:57PM on 01/28/2010

Mathew Fox

He's great on LOST and was a great Racer X, but the movie wasn't...
He's great on LOST and was a great Racer X, but the movie wasn't...
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2:36PM on 01/28/2010

Fox

Matthew Fox gets my vote. He has the look to play Shepard and he is not a bad actor either.
Matthew Fox gets my vote. He has the look to play Shepard and he is not a bad actor either.
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2:22PM on 01/28/2010
lmao if this is the one role worthington doesnt get.
lmao if this is the one role worthington doesnt get.
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2:20PM on 01/28/2010

Matthew Fox

If you think about some of the really emotional parts of LOST, that is where Matthew Fox really shines. That said, he can also kick ass and take names. Perfect for Shepherd. There are some VERY dramatic moments in these games, hard choices to make, consequences to live with. I think Fox would be able to have the acting chops to make Shepherd come alive. I'm sure if they did a movie they would make Shepherd a male/paragon/soldier in game terms.
If you think about some of the really emotional parts of LOST, that is where Matthew Fox really shines. That said, he can also kick ass and take names. Perfect for Shepherd. There are some VERY dramatic moments in these games, hard choices to make, consequences to live with. I think Fox would be able to have the acting chops to make Shepherd come alive. I'm sure if they did a movie they would make Shepherd a male/paragon/soldier in game terms.
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1:59PM on 01/28/2010
Whenever I have the option to choose 'anyone' for a part, I always go with Tony Todd as my default. Why? Because he's Tony freaking Todd!
Whenever I have the option to choose 'anyone' for a part, I always go with Tony Todd as my default. Why? Because he's Tony freaking Todd!
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1:59PM on 01/28/2010
dominic purcell for sure.
dominic purcell for sure.
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1:37PM on 01/28/2010
Worthington isn't a bad choice but he's a bit over saturated right now where as Mathew fox would be ready for a new role coming off of Lost.
Worthington isn't a bad choice but he's a bit over saturated right now where as Mathew fox would be ready for a new role coming off of Lost.
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1:35PM on 01/28/2010

hey Paul

To use medi gel hold the right bumper and select unity. It fully recovers your health and fallen squadmates.
To use medi gel hold the right bumper and select unity. It fully recovers your health and fallen squadmates.
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1:22PM on 01/28/2010

Isn't it obvious?

Sam Worthington.
Sam Worthington.
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1:07PM on 01/28/2010

Easy

Sam Witwer from BSG, Smallville, and The Force Unleashed. I think that he's got decent acting chops, wouldn't cost an arm and a leg, and looks the part: [link]
Sam Witwer from BSG, Smallville, and The Force Unleashed. I think that he's got decent acting chops, wouldn't cost an arm and a leg, and looks the part: [link]
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2:25PM on 01/28/2010
He was the first person that popped in my head. I doubt they'll cast him as he's not a big enough star though
He was the first person that popped in my head. I doubt they'll cast him as he's not a big enough star though
12:50PM on 01/28/2010
Oh wait, I remembered a nice actor: Karl Urban.
Oh wait, I remembered a nice actor: Karl Urban.
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12:49PM on 01/28/2010
Wow, this one is a difficult choice. So difficult that I'm not gonna choose anyone. I mean, the game allows the player to fully customize the appearance of Shepard, so it can be a black man or even an asian woman. Sure, you can stick with the default look and go from there. I spent a few minutes trying to remember a good enough (and reasonable bankable) actor for the default Shepard, but I couldn't find anyone who fitted the job.
Wow, this one is a difficult choice. So difficult that I'm not gonna choose anyone. I mean, the game allows the player to fully customize the appearance of Shepard, so it can be a black man or even an asian woman. Sure, you can stick with the default look and go from there. I spent a few minutes trying to remember a good enough (and reasonable bankable) actor for the default Shepard, but I couldn't find anyone who fitted the job.
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12:31PM on 01/28/2010
I gotta go with Dominic Purcell or Jeffrey Donovan.
I gotta go with Dominic Purcell or Jeffrey Donovan.
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12:23PM on 01/28/2010
in my game of mass effect 2 i made my commander sheppard look like gary busey.
so i would cast him
in my game of mass effect 2 i made my commander sheppard look like gary busey.
so i would cast him
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12:21PM on 01/28/2010

love it

I'm in school right now, and I REALLY want to be playing Mass Effect 2 instead. I've only played about 4 hours.
I like Matthew Fox tho. Seth Green voices the Joker, he should really play him as well.
I'm in school right now, and I REALLY want to be playing Mass Effect 2 instead. I've only played about 4 hours.
I like Matthew Fox tho. Seth Green voices the Joker, he should really play him as well.
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12:20PM on 01/28/2010
He looks almost identical to Matthew Fox, so it's a no brainer to me.
He looks almost identical to Matthew Fox, so it's a no brainer to me.
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12:00PM on 01/28/2010
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Matthew Fox. I mean look at the guy. Tall, good looking, black hair and can pull off the facial hair. Not to mention he can act.

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Matthew Fox. I mean look at the guy. Tall, good looking, black hair and can pull off the facial hair. Not to mention he can act.

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12:20PM on 01/28/2010
dude...?
dude...?
11:58AM on 01/28/2010

Me or...

Jensen Ackles looks the part. Too obvious to go with Sam Worthington
Jensen Ackles looks the part. Too obvious to go with Sam Worthington
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