Joe from the Origin Museum recently came across some photos of John Schuck and wanted to share them with everyone. Wing Commander fans can spot many familiar actors and actresses in a variety of movies and television shows, but Mr. Schuck isn't quite as recognizable. He played the voice of Hobbes in Wing Commander 3. Almost every visitor to this site can quickly imagine his growling raspy voice, but relatively few can picture how he looks. If you need a Hobbes refresher, AD has extracted an 11 meg divx sample clip from Wing Commander 3 for the Playstation.
In addition to his role in WC3, he's had a recurring part in two Star Trek movies, several Trek series, Babylon 5 and many other series.
With the pending release of the movie adaptation of Doom this weekend, the tired old video game based movies subject has once again bubbled to the surface. This article found by Fatcat is the latest to scrutinize Wing Commander's financial numbers, but manages to only scratch the surface. It carefully avoids mentioning the income from non-US box office totals, DVD sales and other factors that determine the success of a movie.
Plot: Freddie Prinze Jr. battles giant cats in a space dogfight.
While it can be said that many movies based on games don't have much of an existing plot to work from, that certainly can't be said for Wing Commander. Sadly this article probably won't be the last one to jump on the "video games based movies suck" bandwagon, particularly with Uwe Boll still hard at work.
Budget: $30 million.
U.S. gross: $11.5 million.
In fact, every movie that has been made from a video game has been an exercise in cultural lobotomization.
The problem rests in its very premise. It's trying to assign a story line to something that has none. It's choosing something popular that has a built-in audience - a coveted demographic, teenage boys - and giving it a narrative form.