Friday, March 4, 2011
GameView Exclusive - Questions for: Duke Nukem
The star of the long awaited Duke Nukem Forever, Duke Nukem himself, was gracious enough to answer our questions in a recent interview.
GV: Thanks for being here, Mr. Nukem.
DN: Duke, please.
GV: Duke, there has been a lot of controversy about the new game, particularly about the constant delays. Why all the delays?
DN: Well, it's a simple thing really. I was waiting for a script I was happy with, not some "Michael Bay" dross.
GV: I couldn't help but notice your accent. Where are you originally from?
DN: Manchester, actually. Started out doing some local rep. But I moved to L.A., after noticing that a good portion of the roles were coming from Hollywood. So I studied tapes of traditional American accents, mostly speeches by Ronald Reagan.
GV: You mentioned roles in Hollywood. Were you the first choice for Duke Nukem?
DN: Sadly, no. There were two other chaps, one who wouldn't take off his helmet during auditions - claiming he was a "master chef" or something - and some other guy with a Polish name. Blazcowicz, I believe.
GV: Were you surprised by the success of the franchise?
DN: Absolutely. I was even more surprised that they ended up using my name for the game. Of course, Duke Nukem is catchier than "Rob Shootemup".
GV: The original title.
GV: Tragic. So what did you do to prepare for the role?
DN: Well first - and this was my idea - don't listen to Apogee - I dyed my hair blonde.
GV: May I ask what your actual hair color is?
GV: Fair enough. What else did you do to prepare?
DN: Hung out in strip clubs, mostly. Learning the American vernacular. Extensive butt-kicking. And of course weight training. Thanks Body by Jake.
GV: Has celebrity changed you?
DN: I don't think so. At first it was all lights and glamour, but after awhile you get back to the basics, hone your craft if you will.
GV: Thank you for your time.
DN: It's been a thrill and a half.
GV: You're being sarcastic.
Duke Nukem Forever comes out May 3. Really.