Grand Theft Auto V released in 2013, and has gone on to be absolutely enormous. Ned Luke, who plays Michael De Santa in the game, has said in an interview that while he knew and had played Grand Theft Auto, he didn’t know the name “Rockstar Games” before he was asked to audition for GTA V–and now the company is a very big part of his life.
In a huge interview with TheGamer, Luke has talked about the process of auditioning for GTA V, how it has changed his life, and what he’s doing now. He recalls how, for a period before applying, he had stepped away from acting and returned to his hometown to open a restaurant with his brother. When he returned to acting, GTA V was the first audition he booked.
“I was like, ‘I’m not going to do a video game,” Luke recalls, and when he was told it was a Rockstar title, he responded “Who the hell is Rockstar?”
“The only one I knew was EA Sports: Big, from SSX Tricky, which was my favorite game,” Luke says.
Luke runs through the auditions, and how he felt certain that Steven Ogg–who plays Trevor in the game–would book that part the moment he acted alongside him. “The chemistry was just stupid,” he recalls, and he told Ogg when they left “I don’t know about me, pal, but you’re booking this thing.”
Hilariously, many of his other anecdotes about Ogg involve him farting a lot on set. “I called him a methane actor. We had this thing where we could order healthy food with a lot of stuff in it that makes you fart.”
He also refers to Shawn Fonteno, who plays Franklin, as his “brother,” saying that it “took him a while to get used to this whole thing.” Fonteno had far fewer acting credits, and as Luke says, being in GTA V boosted the profile of everyone in it. “My star rating on IMDb went through the roof…It went up to like number 115 from being down in the millions. Then when the game came out, I went up to number 42.”
Luke also says that he recorded a role in Red Dead Redemption 2, but it was ultimately cut from the game. He also says that he would “love to do DLC” for GTA V, although Rockstar has previously said that won’t happen.
The full interview contains many more anecdotes, stories, observations, and more–check it out.
Ned Luke has previously advised fans against listening to GTA 6 rumors. A domain for a new GTA was recently registered, but that doesn’t mean you should expect it anytime soon, especially since GTA V is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2021.
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