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