Real-Life Fictional Stories: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops'

RLFT Call of Duty: Black Ops Back to Where it Starts

If you need or want to catch up on what I have been doing or what these 'Real-Life Fictional Stories' posts are all about you can find the first entry here, and a page with all my previous entries here. Now that you are caught up and for all my hardcore followers and fans, everyone should know I got my big break acting in games as the first person you could kill in Modern Warfare 2. It was a career-changing role for me and I remain good friends with the guys at both Activision and those that are and were with Infinity Ward. I jumped when the opportunity came to work on another Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Black Ops. Yes, this is not an Infinity Ward game, and yes, there was some fallout from when a lot of those guys left to start their own company, but Call of Duty did so much for my career before. I was also excited to see for myself what working with Treyarch would be like. I had heard good things, but also knew their past games had not received the same critical acclaim as Infinity Ward Call of Duty games.

Due to the game not yet hitting stores, I cannot really comment on when and where you will see me in the game, but I can say my role involved either some water, flying, combat, jumping, running, or snow stunts. Hopefully I am not saying too much by saying that, but I wanted to give my fans just a little something. That is right Mr. Tom Cruise, you are not the only one who can do their own stunts. Sure my role in the game might have been as a stunt man, but guess who did all their own stunts as that stunt man... you are dang right!

What else can I tell you guys about my work in Black Ops that will not get me black-listed for spilling the beans? Sure, I could tell you about Theater Mode and how you can watch my amazing stunts over and over again, forwards and backwards. I mean yeah, you probably should do that to really see the intricacies of my amazing performance, but that is old news. SPOILER ALERT: I make some awesome facial expressions when I am either in water, flying, combat, jumping, running, or in the snow. Don't say I didn't warn you. Zombie Mode, yup it is back too. I can tell you the make-up work on the zombies is really top notch and not to be missed.

While I do need to respect my NDA, I can still give you guys a little "inside baseball" so to speak. For example, I can tell you working with Treyarch was great. They were all very professional. Here is an example: while I was about to get in the chair to get my zombie make-up done before doing some sweet zombie stunts, a Treyarch runner suggested I eat something and head over to the craft table before sitting for make up. First, how nice and some really good thinking on their part. Nothing is worse than not being able to eat while getting make up done and watching everyone else grab chow. Second, the craft table, O-M-G, the craft table was amazing.

Imagine your favorite restaurant, like Chili's or even better Bennigan's, or perhaps best yet, Denny's and then picture this craft table being almost that good. It wasn't as good, because really, Moons Over My Hammy, Bennigan's Best Sampler, or some baby back, baby back, baby back ribs, are you kidding me, can anything ever be that good? Rhetorical question, we all know the answer is "no." Can I get an amen?! Trust me, I was a witness. The only downside to the amazing craft table and all the food they had is that I ate so much once I had to do a re-shot on one of my water, flying, combat, jumping, running, or snow stunts. We got the shot everyone wanted in the end, but it likely took a little longer than the director wanted, even though I know he understood.

I cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on Call of Duty: Black Ops on November 9. Be sure to be on the lookout for my amazing stunt work and facial expressions both in single and multi player. Trust me when I say it doesn't disappoint, just like the craft table didn't disappoint... mmm, so good!

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