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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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Animal Crossing 2.0 – Review

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On November 5th, Animal Crossing 2.0 alongside the DLC Happy Home Paradise was released. It was the last major free update to hit the latest game in the franchise and added a host of new features to the game. After almost a month of playing it, here’s our review and everything new in Animal Crossing 2.0 from Nintendo.

Background

Animal Crossing has been around for 20 years, with its first release on 14th April 2001. Since then it’s released several versions of the game for the DS, Wii, and so on.

The latest version, New Horizons, came to the Nintendo Switch at just the right time; at the very beginning of Quarantine. It was easily the most popular Nintendo game last year. But it had a fatal flaw; rather than including everything upfront, Nintendo would release periodic updates where they would add to the game. The goal was to keep the game feeling fresh, but the result was that New Horizons felt unfinished. The game was bare-bones compared to past versions of Animal Crossing and didn’t have half as much to do. With the release of the last free update, New Horizons finally feels like a complete game. So what’s new? While there were a lot of things added and small things fixed, we’re just going to focus on the major gameplay changes and additions.

Brewster

The beloved pigeon, Brewster, has been in Animal Crossing since 2005. He runs a cosy coffee shop, The Roost, usually located in the Museum. But he has been missing from New Horizons. A fan favourite, his absence has definitely been felt. Brewster is one of the most demanded additions to New Horizons. With the update, you can find him gyroid hunting on one of Kapp’n’s Islands and invite him to your island, where he will set up the Roost once more. You will also find some of your residents and NPCs there and can invite current and past Animal Crossing characters to the Roost via Amiibo card.

Kapp’n

Speaking of Kapp’n, the turtle is back. In past versions of the game, Kapp’n is usually the one taking you to your new village at the start of every game. Whether it be by taxi, bus, or train, Animal Crossing typically kicks off with the retired seafarer. But New Horizons didn’t feature Kapp’n at all; until now. Now you can have him take you on island tours via his little boat off your dock. Some of these islands are extremely rare and feature exclusive items. He also sings you a little song while you make the journey..

Gyroids

Gyroids have, once again, been a part of every Animal Crossing game until New Horizons. They are little singing things that can be placed like furniture. In New Horizons, you can find a fragment on Kapp’n’s islands, bury it, water it, and a gyroid will grow the next day. Or some may be buried on your island after a rainy day. While past versions of gyroids have been annoying, the New Horizon’s gyroids are adorable and delightful. In New Horizons, Brewster is an avid collector. You’ll even get a Brewster gyroid after drinking enough coffee.

Cooking / Farming

Cooking has also been added to the game, something entirely unique to New Horizons. You can purchase crop starts from Leif, start a farm, and then cook the produce you grow. This opens up a whole host of fun recipes, and you can gift your creations to your residents. Eating a meal will make your villager stronger for longer, the same effect eating fruit previously had.

Group Stretching

You can also host a group stretching event in the plaza. Random villagers and NPCs will join you. You can use your controllers to actually stretch with them, or use the joysticks if you’re stuck with a Lite or don’t feel like standing up.

Harv’s Island

Harv’s Island was previously… pretty useless. There was really nothing to do there aside from taking pictures, which is fun once. Now you can help him build an open-air Farmers Market/Commune. For 100,000 bells each, you can invite NPCs to set up a permanent shop. Among these are Leif, Redd, Kicks, Saharah, Reese, and Cyrus, who have all been seen in New Horizons. But it also introduces the return of Tortimer, the mayor from past games. (Who some fans theorized was dead until now). Harriet, a hairdresser who introduces a ton of new hairstyles to the game. And the fortune-teller Katrina. This expansion to Harv’s island is a huge resource.

You no longer have to wait for these NPCs to come to your island to purchase goods from them. It also opens up more customization for previously uncustomisable items. And it’s another goal to work towards after you pay off your home loans.

Ordinances

You can now issue Ordinances through Isabelle in the town hall. These include things like adding a Bell Boom so that you find more bells and goods are worth more, but things also cost more. Or the Beautiful Island ordinance, which will have your villagers pick up weeds and trash and will cause your flowers to grow faster. You can also issue that your villagers wake up earlier or go to bed later.

Happy Home Paradise

In addition to 2.0, a DLC was added to the Nintendo Store. Happy Home Paradise allows you to “get a job” building vacation homes. You report to your boss Lottie for work, alongside your coworkers Niko and Wardell. From there, you choose a character and build a home for them. They will give you a theme and some items they want to see in their home. You can also design facilities, like a cafe or school and assign characters to work in them. Using an amiibo card, you can also design homes for NPCs like Isabelle or Tom Nook, where you will have free reign over the design.

Happy Home Paradise also introduces partition walls which allow for more design options in your house. It also includes a lot of new furniture. When you’ve designed enough vacation homes, you are able to then redesign the houses on your island.

HHP adds a lot to the game. Animal Crossing’s flaw has always been that it gets too repetitive. HHP adds some flavour and a lot more to do. So even long after you’ve paid off your home loan and made your island pretty, you can still really engage with the game. It adds to and boosts life on the island, but also extends the world a bit. You can interact with more characters beyond just your residents and have more interaction with NPCs beyond purchasing goods from them.

Overall

All in all, the 2.0 update and Happy Home Paradise have elevated New Horizons. It makes the game feel new and adds what many fans have been asking for. While they are both great, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this all should have been included from the get-go like past versions of the game. After playing a skeleton of a game for a year, we now truly have a new Animal Crossing game.


Do you like Animal Crossing 2.0? Do you agree with our Animal Crossing review? Let us know in the comments below.


We compare Animal Crossing with Stardew Valley HERE.

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