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5 Perfect Actors To Play Arthur Morgan In A Red Dead Redemption 2 Movie

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With Red Dead Redemption 2 being such a smash hit, there are calls for it to be turned into a Blockbuster movie. But Arthur Morgan’s shoes aren’t easily filled, so who would be the best Red Dead Redemption Actors for the job?

When a game has as solid a story as Red Dead Redemption 2, turning it into a film isn’t an easy task, nor finding the right actors. Not only do you have to stay true to the plot and setting, but the actors are pivotal to its success. Stray too much from the character that gamers have spent hours inhabiting and you’ll find yourself with a major turkey.

But get the casting right, and you’re on to a winner.

So with Hollywood’s latest trend of (trying) to adapt games into successful movies, here are our top five actors to play the legendary Arthur Morgan in RDR2 on the big screen.

1) Tom Hardy

The “Brawler” Morgan

Tom Hardy is a fantastic actor and has become known for playing tough characters with a thirst for brawling and violence. This tendency would make him a top choice to play a more ruthless Arthur who has no qualms about unloading a round into his rivals.

Hardy’s an actor with a very physical presence who isn’t afraid to do his own stunts and get dirty – perfect for a gritter Arthur Morgan. But Hardy has admitted he prefers playing the villain, so this might be a hindrance when a more sensitive Morgan is needed.

Pros:

● Plays a good ‘bad boy’

● Although he’s older than Arthur Morgan is in RDR2, Hardy looks younger

● Has a great beard

Cons:

● His love of playing the villain may result in a one dimensional Morgan

● Could find Arthur’s iconic accent tricky to replicate

2) Leonardo DiCaprio

The “All-Rounder” Morgan

This guy smashes every role he’s given. Whether he’s getting savaged by a bear, playing a desperate drug addict, or wooing the ladies on a cruise ship, the guy is an acting god and would be an immense choice from the actors to play Arthur Morgan in a Red Dead Redemption movie.

DiCaprio is so versatile, and his ability to play a bad boy as well as a soft-hearted soul gives him a real edge when it comes to playing the multi-faceted Morgan. Oh, and I’m gonna go on record as saying that the best part in the horrendous Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was Leo’s scene as Caleb DeCoteau, so his cowboy credentials are already in the bag.

Pros: 

● First-class actor

● Experience playing a cowboy after his turn in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

● Proven ability to play roles with a range of emotions

● Is just ace

Cons: 

● Arthur Morgan is 36 years old in the game. DiCaprio is currently 45 years old

● Could find Arthur’s iconic accent tricky to replicate

3) Roger Clark

The “Voice” Morgan

“Who the hell is Roger Clark?” I hear. Well, he’s the legend behind Arthur Morgan’s iconic voice and swagger (courtesy of motion capture technology). 

Sure Roger is a bit of an “unknown” – and he certainly doesn’t have the Hollywood presence of any of the other actors on this list – but Clark’s dulcet tones are arguably Morgan’s most iconic feature. Perhaps even more than his appearance.

So while we reserve judgement on Clark’s acting ability, he deserves a spot on this list for those golden vocal cords alone.

Pros:

● Has the voice of Arthur Morgan

● Has the appearance of Arthur Morgan

● Has the movement of Arthur Morgan

● Is basically Arthur Morgan

Cons:

● Isn’t an A-list actor so may not have the screen presence of the others on this list

● Would appeal to lovers of the game but perhaps not to a wider audience

4) Chris Evans

The “Good-Looking” Morgan

Best known as Marvel’s Captain America, Chris Evans would be perfect to play a softer Arthur Morgan. Yeah, Morgan’s an outlaw and a killer, but those who’ve played Red Dead Redemption 2 know that Arthur can be played as a “good guy”. The guy who saves his former flame’s brother from a cult acts as a surrogate dad to little Jack and risks his life to save John Marston. These traits have a definite Captain America vibe, and it doesn’t hurt that Evans is also incredibly easy on the eye.

Pros:

● Perfect to play a more sensitive Morgan who wants more than just the life of an outlaw

● Only 3 years older than Arthur Morgan is in the game – ideal

● Provides eye candy encouragement for wives and girlfriends who wouldn’t otherwise choose to watch an RDR2 film

● Has Hollywood’s best beard

Cons:

● Can he be a convincing outlaw and killer when required?

● Could find Arthur’s iconic accent tricky to replicate

5) Brad Pitt

The “Funny” Morgan

Now here’s a guy who loves – and suits – an action role, but who’s so likeable that he can never completely be the bad guy. He has that charming on-screen persona that makes him so enjoyable to watch and convincing in whatever role he’s given.

Plus, think back to any of the Oceans films and you’ll remember how he can deliver a one-liner with perfect comedic timing – ideal for injecting a bit of humour into Morgan’s character.

But at 56 years old, is he too old to play the role of Arthur Morgan?

Pros:

● Big Hollywood actor with the gravitas to pull crowds

● Has a strong history of playing top-notch action characters

● Is naturally funny and would bring an extra dimension to Morgan’s character

Cons:

● At 20 years older than Morgan is in RDR2, Pitt could be considered too old


Do you agree with our list, would these be your top 5 actors to fill Morgan’s shoes? Let us know in the comments below.


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9 Rarest And Most Valuable Pokémon Cards In Existence

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If you’re one of the millions of people with a set of Pokémon cards stashed away somewhere, it might be time to dig-lett them out (sorry). Time to see if any of these babies are in your collection. Here’s our list of the top 9 rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards in existence.

Chances are you haven’t caught them all. But having even one of these could net you a large wad of cash.

Pokémon has been an on/off craze ever since it first started back in the mid-’90s. But despite releasing games, a cult anime series and several films, it’s those little cards that are making a profitable resurgence right now.

Even in just the last three years, rare Pokémon cards have been sold for thousands of dollars at auction. So now is definitely the time to check your collection. Time to see if you could be sitting on a small fortune.

9. 20th Anniversary 24-karat Gold Pikachu

Crafted in solid gold

Sold for 216,000 yen ($2,081) in October 2016.

You don’t get much more unique than a Pokémon card made from solid gold. Yep, you heard right. This insanely unique and incredibly rare Pokémon card was produced by Japanese jewellery maker, Ginza Tanaka. A limited number of solid gold cards were created as a replica of the original Japanese Pikachu card (affectionately nicknamed ‘Fat Pikachu’).

Made from 11 grams of pure 24-karat cold, the only way to get a copy of this ultra-rare Pokémon card was to enter a lottery held in 2016. If you won, you were given the chance to buy a copy of the limited-edition card for 216,000 yen (around $2,081/£1,700).

The solid gold card was shipped in its own unique box and housed in a plastic frame. And what makes this even more incredible is that, whilst most rare and unique Pokémon cards stem from early on in the game’s beginnings, this card appeared for the first time in just the last 5 years. Definitely one of the rarest (and coolest) Pokémon cards in existence.

8. Master’s Key

A more recent card – but no less rare

Sold for $21,000 in November 2019.

Like the 20th anniversary gold Pikachu, Master’s Key is another rare yet relatively new Pokémon card. It made its first appearance just over ten years ago when it was awarded to competitors in the 2010 Pokémon World Championships held in Hawaii.

Participants in both the TCG (Trading Card Game) and video game counterpart received a copy of Master’s Key. Only the trophy case differed depending on the category.

Only 36 copies of the card are estimated to exist – equal to the number of participants in all age divisions of the world championships. And to prove just how rare this Pokémon card is, one of them sold at auction in November 2019 for more than $21,000.

7. Espeon and Umbreon Gold Star POP Series 5

A pair of Gold Star Pokémon cards from one of the most valuable Pokémon sets of all time

Sold for $22,100 and $20,000 respectively between December 2020 and February 2021.

The Gold Star Pokémon cards are one of the most valuable Pokémon sets ever produced. At the time of writing, a near mint full set of 27 cards is for sale on eBay. The price tag? £35,000 ($49,717).

But it’s the Espeon and Umbreon which are the real moneymakers. Perhaps the rarest cards in the set, these two alone sold for over $20,000 in just the last few months.

The cards are named after the gold star that appears next to the Pokémon’s name at the top of the card. It signifies that the card features alternative colour artwork which is different from the common version.

Only 27 Gold Star cards were released from 2004 to 2007. Making them some of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

Whilst the Japanese versions of the cards remain the most valuable due to their limited availability, the English versions of the Espeon and Umbreon Gold Star cards still command a high price. PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator – the prestigious organisation that grades the quality, condition and value of trading cards) values the two cards at $194,209 and $187,277 respectively. Easily making them two of the rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards around.

6. 1999 Pokémon Japanese Promo Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind

An ultra-rare promo card – one of only 12 ever made

Sold for $65,100 in October 2020.

When it comes to availability, you don’t get much rarer than the Tropical Wind card.

With just 12 being given to the top players at the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle tournament, the Japanese Tropical Wind promo card is extremely rare.

This inaugural tournament – a precursor to the Pokémon World Championships – took place in 1999 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event was invite-only and was a battle between the best 50 players from Canada, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Japan. During the event, a handful of trophy cards could be obtained. One of these was this baby right here.

This particular Tropical Mega Battle promo card (the 1999 Japanese-language copy of Tropical Wind) has sold at auction for as much as $65,100 in PSA Gem Mint 10 condition, with the most recent sale taking place in October 2020. PSA estimates its value to be as high as $148,482. Making the ultra-rare card a contender for one of the most expensive and valuable Pokémon cards ever made.

5. No. 1 Trainer

Quite possibly the most unknown Pokémon card of all time

Sold for $90,000 in July 2020.

Most people won’t have ever heard of No. 1 Trainer, and it’s even more unlikely they’ll have seen a copy in person. When it comes to rare Pokémon cards, they don’t get much rarer than this.

With only seven copies believed to be in existence, No. 1 Trainer may well be the least known card in existence.

No.1 Trainer is a holographic promotional card awarded to finalists in the Secret Super Battle tournament held in Tokyo in 1999. To earn a place in the competition’s finals (which were held in a secret location) players had to first win a regional tournament. Their prize was the No. 1 Trainer card, which granted them access to the finals.

The text on the front of the card translates to: “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognised here, and this honour is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.” It’s almost like a modern-day, real-life Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory.

As only seven regional tournaments were held, it’s believed that just seven copies of the No. 1 Trainer card were made – easily making it one of the rarest Pokémon cards in existence.

4. Pikachu Illustrator

Extremely expensive and extremely rare

Sold for $195,000 in October 2019.

The Pikachu Illustrator card is an incredibly rare Pokémon card. It still holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive Pokémon trading card sold at auction (although, more about this later…).

Pikachu Illustrator was originally given to winners of promo contests held in 1997 and 1998 by Japanese magazine CoroCoro Comic. 39 copies were officially awarded to the winners. While two copies were reportedly later discovered by one of the creators of the card game, seemingly bringing the total number of Pikachu Illustrator copies to 41.

As well as being ridiculously rare, the card is unique in a number of ways. It’s the only Pokémon card to say “Illustrator” instead of “Trainer” at the top. And has a one-off pen icon in its bottom-right corner to acknowledge its creation for the design contest. The card’s artwork of Pikachu is by Atsuko Nishida, the original illustrator of the fan-favourite Pokémon.

Approximately 19 copies of the card are believed to still exist, with 10 having been certified by the PSA.

A near-flawless copy of the card graded at Mint 9 (one grade under perfect condition) sold at auction in 2019 for $195,000 and broke a Guinness World Record. But arguably, there are a couple of contenders to that crown.

3. Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card

A signed card to celebrate the Pokémon founder’s 60th birthday

Sold for $247,230 in April 2021.

Of all the cards featured on this list, this rare and incredibly valuable Pokémon card is definitely one-of-a-kind.

Just last month on April 26, 2021, a copy of the Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card made headlines when it sold for nearly a quarter of a million US dollars.

The card depicts the Pokémon company founder and current president, Tsunekazu Ishihara. It was given to staff as a celebration of his 60th birthday in 2017.

What makes this specific version even rarer is that Ishihara actually signed this near-mint card to boost its price even further.

The ability “Red Chanchanko” refers to the red vest which is traditionally worn on 60th birthdays in Japan and prevents the effect of any attack, ability or trainer card against Ishihara. Meanwhile, its GX move “60 Congratulations” tells you to flip 60 coins, and take a present for each one. A truly unique, legendary card.

2. Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram

Quite possibly the only card one in existence

Sold for $360,000 in January 2021.

This Blastoise card is probably the single rarest Pokémon card in existence. One of only two such Pokémon cards ever made, it sold for a whopping $360,000 (£266,000) in January 2021.

This Pokémon card was created in 1998 as a presentation piece by Magic: The Gathering maker Wizards of the Coast to convince Nintendo executives to allow it to handle the TCG’s English-language release. The game would eventually make its international debut one year later in 1999.

While two Blastoise ‘Presentation’ cards were produced, this is the only one that has been seen publicly. Even more impressively, it has been graded at a NM/Mint+ 8.5 level by certification website CGC, meaning that the 20-plus-year-old card is in near-perfect condition. The location and state of the other Presentation card remain unknown. This either means that this card is the sole one remaining, or someone somewhere is unknowingly sitting on a small fortune.

1. 1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard #4

The card that every kid wanted

Sold for $369,000 in December 2020.

Charizard. The card that absolutely every kid (and adult too now, apparently) wanted. And while the shiny Charizard has always been a firm favourite, this particular variant is even rarer.

While a number of top quality, first-edition cards from the Pokémon TCG’s early days are worth some money, due to their limited availability and age, this specific version of the holographic Charizard absolutely stands out as one of the rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards ever released.

What sets the card apart is the lack of a shadow underneath the dragon graphic. This was a printing error which was corrected for most of the cards printed but the few that sneaked passed quality control are incredibly sought after.

According to auction house Iconic Auctions, the rare card is “the Holy Grail of Pokémon cards, the most iconic and important card to both the Pokémon franchise and its die-hard fans”.

A mint-condition first-edition shadowless holographic PSA 10 Charizard sold at auction in October 2020 for a staggering $220,574 to the retired rapper – and Pokémon fan – Logic. Then, just two months later in December, another one of the same quality sold for a mind-blowing £350,000.

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But as if that wasn’t enough, just a few hours after that, yet another card broke all records, selling for a mind-numbing £369,000.

Although this hasn’t officially been recognised by Guinness World Records, this certainly knocks the Pikachu Illustrator off its perch, as well as the staggering sum held by the Blastoise Galaxy Star Hologram.

Either way, despite not being the rarest, this is definitely the most valuable Pokémon card sold to date. But with the desire for rare Pokémon cards showing no signs of slowing, the big question is: how much higher can their value go?

One thing’s for sure, if anyone out there truly has caught them all, that would make for one incredibly valuable collection.


And that’s our list of the 9 rarest and most valuable Pokémon cards in existence. Did you ever have any of these? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.


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