Happy 10th Birthday, Half-Life!

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2008


It’s hard to believe, but it’s been ten years since the release of the original Half-Life game. In honour of this event, GameSpy has published the Half-Life 10th Anniversary Interview with Valve Software’s writer –in-residence Marc Laidlaw.

If they ever decided to make a movie based on the game – probably not a good idea, since there hasn’t been a good movie based on any videogame, but I always hold out hope – I think Hugh “House M.D.” Laurie would make a great Gordon Freeman:


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1 marktucks November 20, 2008 at 6:16 pm

I contest – I personally think Hitman’s a good film. Doom was good right at the beginning when the Universal world logo was actually Mars and it zoomed right in. But then the story started and it was all a down hill train wreck violently colliding with the first person mode at the end.

Hugh Laurie would make a great Gordon Freeman, if Gordon Freeman had a really bad American accent. But yea, he does look similar.

2 August Lilleaas November 21, 2008 at 6:35 am

A movie where Freeman talks? We can’t have that.

3 Paul C November 21, 2008 at 11:59 am

Hugh Laurie’s nearly fifty – too old for Gordon Freeman; several characters in the Half Life games have made references to him being young for the kind of work he’s doing, and I’m pretty sure there’s official mentions of his age being early-30s.

And if I was (somehow) at the helm of a Half Life film, the first person to speak would be Freeman, to get that out of the way. You can’t have a movie (at least, not an effective one) where the main character doesn’t speak. In the game, you are Gordon Freeman; personally, when I’m playing Half Life, I speak to the NPCs in Gordon’s place.

4 Joey deVilla November 21, 2008 at 12:54 pm

@Paul C: If the movie has to remain true to every last detail in the game, then yes, Hugh Laurie is too old. However, I think that it’s all right to use some artistic licence and take some liberties with minor details like Freeman’s age.

In my dream videogame-based movie — Dig Dug, starring Jackie Chan in the title role — you can bet I’d be taking all sorts of creative liberties.

5 Ryan Waddell November 21, 2008 at 1:38 pm

I disagree – there’s been a handful of not-horrible video game movies:

– Resident Evil
– Tomb Raider (ok, it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t a Uwe Boll massacre either)
– Max Payne was actually not bad as well.

Hrmm, ok so there aren’t that many. But come on… How can you deny the awesomeness of the Street Fighter movie, and the Super Mario Brothers movie?

6 Rudy November 18, 2009 at 2:45 am

Happy Elevnth Birthday half-life, its 2009 and i plan on staying aboard the half-life saga until a giant rock hits the earth and crashes my computer.

7 nicklang319 February 12, 2011 at 2:11 am

final fantasy was a good animated film, and I thought the silent hill film was ok, other then that most game to movies suck

8 farresto July 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Hugh Laurie is not a bad idea at ALL. It doesn’t really matter if a bit older.

Another option for me would be Gary Oldman.

9 DS July 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Guys, are you kidding? Max Payne? Tomb Raider? These are awful movies in the grand scheme of things. Half Life needs to be a MASTERPIECE of science-fiction film, just as it was a masterpiece of gaming, changing the entire direction of games.

Hugh Laurie? Gary Oldman?? These men are terrible choices. Hugh Laurie would be laughable as our man Gordon. He IS too old and there’s no way he’ll be able to pull off the quiet desperation that we need for Gordon. The dude’s too funny and has too much attitude. Gary Oldman, while I do think he’s a great actor, doesn’t fit either, physically or emotionally.

I thought Clive Owen was great in Children of Men, so he might be a good choice. Maybe Guy Pierce from Memento. But in the end I think we need some unknown talent, someone the audience does not immediately associate with an image, because we need to be able to project ourselves into Gordon Freeman. That’s why he doesn’t say anything, and why we rarely even see him. He’s just an empty vessel that all this crazy sh*t happens to. Of course, for film’s sake, he’ll need a real character, but he should still project that sense somewhat.

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