Sledgehammer Co-founders Talk Kevin Spacey in Advanced Warfare, Want the Game to Appear in House of Cards

May 12, 2014Written by Kayvon Ghoreshi


When Sledgehammer Games announced Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, they also revealed that the game will be featuring the talents of Kevin Spacey, who is currently known for his role as Frank Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards. Spacey will be playing Jonathon Irons, the CEO of the private military company Atlas, who he notes is somewhat similar to his role as Underwood.

“I think they both enjoy making s— happen and not playing by the rules,” Spacey said , “which in a game is the ultimate disruptive act.”

Speaking to Game Informer, Sledgehammer Games founders Glenn Schofield and Michael Condrey had glowing remarks about the Hollywood actor.

“I remember when we were at the last shoot with him and we ended up taking multiple shoots,” Condrey said. “One of the creative directors said, ‘Wow, we could’ve used the first shoot.’ He’s that good. Just straight off script, and I think you’ll see that come through in his performance in the game.”

“He’s a real pro,” Schofield added. “On [Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3] we had Idris Elba [Thor, Pacific Rim] and Timothy Olyphant [Deadwood, Justified], and they have maybe B-list names but they’re A-list actors in terms of talent. They would walk on and do their bit, but [Spacey] gets excited. He says, ‘Direct me, tell me what to do! I’ll try it another way. No problem, I’ll do it this way!’ He was really excited about getting the scans done, and they take like three hours. He sat there…. Here’s the other thing, we scan his face – and I’m wrong with the numbers – they usually get like 60 different [facial movements]. You usually get about 60 in that amount of time. But he’s so good, what’d we get like 80 or 90. He just gets it.”

The founders have also expressed interest in getting Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to appear in an episode of House of Cards. It wouldn’t be the first time video games have appeared in the show. Frank Underwood has already played Killzone and God of War on his PS3 and even talks about the Vita for a brief scene.

“I exchanged an email with his [producing partner Dana Brunetti] this week, saying, ‘Hey, what would it take to have Frank Underwood playing Advanced Warfare in season three of House of Cards?’, said Condrey. “They’re like ‘Wow, that’s awesome.’ And we’re like, ‘That’s awesome!’ Because imagine bringing fans full circle there to see that. I mean how awesome would that be? Wouldn’t it just be the craziest thing ever just to go like, ‘Hollywood meets Silicon Valley meets Hollywood.’ If we can pull that off.”

“Or Irons goes ‘I can’t talk, I gotta go watch House of Cards.’”, said Schofield. “[Spacey] said at one point ‘I guess I’m going to have to play this game on House of Cards.’”

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