Death Stranding’s Norman Reedus Talks Working With Hideo Kojima

Death Stranding is ready to launch subsequent week onto PS4, and onto PC subsequent yr. In it, gamers will step into the sneakers of Sam “Porter” Bridges, who’s performed by Norman Reedus, the actor best-known as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead. And in response to Reedus, working with Hideo Kojima — the director of Death Stranding who’s made a legendary identify for himself within the trade because the creator of Metal Gear Solid — has been an unbelievable expertise. That stated, in response to the actor, the method was additionally tedious and awkward at occasions, not due to Kojima, however due to movement seize work.

“We filmed in a couple different places: In California in a few spots, the face recognition stuff in New York — it was kind of based on where I was,” stated Reedus of the method whereas chatting with Hollywood Reporter. “In between episodes [of The Walking Dead] or if I had a long weekend, I would fly out and it was whenever everyone’s schedule lined up. Some of it was with Mads Mikkelsen in the room, some with Lea Seydoux in the room, other actors in the game. You go in and they put those dots on your face, which take forever — and take twice as forever to take off — and you squeeze into this tiny little suit that is very revealing and embarrassing and you’re strapped in. You have a helmet cam on with a big arm sticking out the front of it. Anytime I had to kiss somebody or hug somebody, our heads are bouncing off of each other. It’s kind of like Joan Cusack in Sixteen Candles where she’s got the big headgear on.”

Despite having lower than a stellar time with among the shortcomings of movement seize work, it feels like Reedus beloved his time making the sport and dealing with Kojima, who he not solely describes as a genius, but in addition an excellent collaborator, not like most administrators at his stage.


“Sometimes the other actors were there. A lot of times it was just me and Hideo,” stated Reedus. “He would have a plastic baby doll on the ground and want me to cradle it and act like it’s dead. Then act like it’s alive. Then freak out because there’s handprints everywhere. You stand up and he goes, imagine there’s a thousand dead whales in front of you, and you’re like, ‘What?!’ His mind is on another level. He’s a genius’ genius. He and I got into a shorthand where he would look at me and he would point and frown and make a face and I would just go, yep, I got it. We sort of transcended the language barrier after a while. A lot of times a director will say, in this scene I think I should do it this way and they’ve rehearsed it in their head so much that when you throw something new at them they sort of short-circuit. There’s not room for interpretation. Hideo is the opposite. You’ll say, maybe I should do this, and he’ll say, yes! And then do this on top of that! He’s a collaborative mind. He wants to hear your input. If you don’t say anything, he’ll think there’s probably something wrong with you. He’s a lot of fun to work with. If he ever did a movie or anything else I would be there in a heartbeat.”

Death Stranding will likely be accessible on November eight through the PS4, with critiques set to go dwell this Friday, November 1.

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