Ghost of Tsushima actor Earl T. Kim recorded himself as he met his in-game character and the resulting moment was extremely wholesome.
Popular to contrary belief, not every video game character is played by the likes of Troy Baker, Nolan North, or Laura Bailey. Despite familiar faces and voices popping up so often in many AAA titles, for many actors, being in a mass-market video game is a rare occurrence. Earl T. Kim is one of these actors in question.
Kim recently starred in Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima and played the role of Norio, who is one of the companions that the protagonist, Jin, comes across nearly halfway into the game. Apparently, Kim decided to stream himself playing through GoT and, in particular, had an extremely wholesome moment upon first seeing Norio in the game.
Kim, who did both the motion capture and voicework for Norio, began laughing quite hysterically when first coming across the character in-game. “Look at that dummy!” Kim said during his stream. “Look at that weirdo bowing.” What began as a moment of hilarity though for Kim soon hit home in a completely different way as the actor was then nearly brought to tears. “I’m sorry you guys, this is really cool,” Kim said while clearly trying to hold back some of his emotions.
You can watch the full video right here:
Moments like this are straight-up awesome whenever they tend to happen. It’s not often that we get to see how the people that actually helped create video games then respond once they are released to the public. One of the more notable instances of something along these lines transpired a few years back when God of War director Cory Barlog broke down in tears upon seeing review scores for the game go live. For Kim, this moment likely hit home even more because, according to his IMDB page, this is the first video game that he also has ever starred in. It’s surely a big moment in the actor’s career, and this is something I’m sure he’ll never forget.
Ghost of Tsushima is out now on PS4 if you’d like to see more of Kim’s performance as Norio.
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