“THE NEW MAX PAYNE IS DARKER AND DAN­GER­OUS”: MCCAF­FREY

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James McCaf­frey is Max Payne in real life. The Amer­i­can ac­tor had ear­lier voiced the char­ac­ter of Max Payne in the two ear­lier games. For the third Max Payne game to re­lease in mid-May, McCaf­frey fully acted out the char­ac­ter via full­mo­tion cap­ture. An in­ter­view with the ac­tor:

Your role is go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence so merad­i­cal changes in this Max Payne 3 videogame. how do you feel about these al­ter­ations?

The changes aren’t that rad­i­cal un­der the cir­cum­stances. Max goes through a lot of changes over the course of the story. If you see Max in New York he doesn’t look much dif­fer­ent from the guy he was in the orig­i­nal games. Max is a real char­ac­ter who changes and grows, and I think that’s why a lot of peo­ple like him. In the third game, he’s older, he’s been through a lot, and it shows through his per­son­al­ity, the way he dresses, the way he looks.

You’re play­ing maxpayne for the third time. how was the re­union with the charis­matic char­ac­ter?

It was sur­pris­ingly com­fort­able. The guys at Rock­star have done a fan­tas­tic job at cre­at­ing a story that fits per­fectly with where Max might wind up in his life af­ter so much time.

It's been sev­eral years since we've seen max Payne. did you miss him?

I guess I did. Peo­ple would come up to me many times a year and ask me “what’s go­ing on with Max?” Since I’m not a gamer—I don’t have a con­sole at home—at first it was sur­pris­ing to me how much of an im­pact Max has had, but games have come a long way and I can now see why has stuck with peo­ple more than most.

This is the first time you have done full mo­tion cap­ture, and you are now the face and body of Maxpayne as well as the voice. what was that like for you?

The Rock­star guys had cre­ated huge sets for us to act out the scenes on, so bring­ing that phys­i­cal­ity into the char­ac­ter made things flow more nat­u­rally. The Rock­star guys would have me run­ning up stairs and div­ing off ob­jects—it was more phys­i­cally de­mand­ing than I had ex­pected, that’s for sure.

What can you tell us about max­payne3?can you tell us some­thing about the emo­tion­a­land phys­i­cal jour­ney your char­ac­ter has gone down?

Max has spent a lot of time drink­ing and tak­ing painkillers as a way of try­ing to avoid what he’s been through. He still misses his wife and daugh­ter and he’s caught up in the past. When he meets up with Pas­sos, an old col­league from his days at the po­lice academy it’s an op­por­tu­nity to leave ev­ery­thing be­hind and start again. Se­cu­rity work pro­tect­ing a Rich fam­ily seems like a cushy job, but it turns out to be darker and more dan­ger­ous than any­thing he could have ex­pected.

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