Nathan Fillion 'would have loved' to play Nathan Drake, but defends the casting of Wahlberg

Speaking in the most recent episode of Nerdist Podcast, which posted today, Nathan Fillion responded to writer/director David O. Russell's decision not to cast him in the upcoming Uncharted film, praising Mark Wahlberg and defending the director's freedom.

"You know I would love to have an Indiana Jones for me, that’s one of my greatest heroes of all time. You can’t fault a man for A. working with someone he’s worked with before, B. Mark Wahlberg, I think that’s a talented guy. I think he does great work, that guy and he a huge international star, which I am not. I am not. I will be," said Fillion.

"So sure I would have loved it, but I can’t fault anybody for any of the choices they make. You’re gonna make a movie, make it the way you’re gonna make it and have a great time."

When the film adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was announced, fans knew instantly who should take the lead role, and Fillion himself mentioned early on that he'd like to portray Nathan Drake in the film. But waddayagonnado? We wanted Fillion, and Fillion wanted the role, but we don't always get what we want. If we're lucky, we'll at least get a decent film, and FIllion will get his Indiana Jones one day.

Feb 28, 2011


  • Bianchi - March 2, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    But Nathan is perfect for Nathan D: Curses you Marky Mark.....D:
  • ThatGuyFromTV - March 2, 2011 3:42 a.m.

    Although yes, Nathan should have been Drake, obviously.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - March 2, 2011 3:41 a.m.

    After seeing the fighter, despite the fact that this is a videogame movie, I think they might actually be able to pull this off.
  • The_King_of_Nothing - March 2, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    @tokenbg I couldn't have said it better myself. Wahlburg is too overrated and not that good of an actor.
  • OneEyedGoon - March 1, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    Oh, when will you learn, David O, that Fillion = Drake and Kristen Bell = Elena. That is all.
  • oryandymackie - March 1, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    So what if Nathan Fillion isn't a huge star? He's got the talents and the looks to fit the bill of Drake. Must every film hire a big star just to draw in the punters?
  • Zolty717 - March 1, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    @gamesradartylerwilde I think assuming that it is going to be bad is hating on it. And it's not just this article, it's every article on this movie. A video game movie has never had a this esteemed director, or cast. Just because there will be some plot differences doesn't give reason to crucify the movie.
  • CoryM1134 - March 1, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    @Ironarm That's not true. I heard an old lady in a restaurant say Prince of Persia was really "fun," and she heard it was "about one of those games." My brain, on the other hand, won't let me spend an hour an a half watching a white American employ a fake British accent to play a Persian.
  • Ell223 - March 1, 2011 3:34 p.m.

    "You’re gonna make a movie, make it the way you’re gonna make it..." The way he wants to make it however is not necessary the best way.
  • bass88 - March 1, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    @jtmcbath Boogie Nights? Four Brothers? The Departed (a film which I don't even care for but he was really good)? The Other Guys? The Happening (Just kidding) I think Wahlberg is a very good actor but he's not showy. Which means he has the risk of being overshadowed, as you already said. But it sometimes pays off wonderfully. I thought Bale's performance in The Fighter was hidously overacted while Wahlberg's character felt like a real human.
  • jtmcbath - March 1, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    The problem is that Marky Mark just isn't a good actor. Even in his good movies he's over-shadowed by better actors, like the Oscar nominated flick "The Fighter" he was upstaged by supporting actor Christian Bale(actually won an Oscar). Mark is who you call if Matt Damon says, "NO" and Kevin Bacon is too old for the role. Plus the guy has already soiled gaming movies with the bad/mediocre Max Payne
  • bass88 - March 1, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    I would have loved Nathan Fillian to play Drake but to be fair to Mark Wahlberg, he always works with David O'Russell (Three Kings; I Heart Huckabees; The Fighter) so it's no real surprise.
  • sirdilznik - March 1, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    To be honest I don't really care one bit about an Uncharted movie. Were Nathan Fillion to play Drake I'd be slightly more interested I guess. What I really want (and I think most want) is another Serenity movie or ideally more seasons on Firefly (preferably set before Serenity so we could have the full crew back). Of course that's just a pipe dream. A beautiful, wonderful pipe dream, but a pipe dream nonetheless.
  • joemonkey - March 1, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    as i read this i downloaded this very bod cast, glad to hear the gr staff has a good taste in podcasts or at least tyler does...
  • Bitmun - March 1, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    I, personally, am relieved that we don't have Nathan playing Nathan. Can you imagine all the Yo Dawg jokes that would incur!? It would be madness!
  • sgloomy - March 1, 2011 6:15 a.m.

    don't get me wrong, I really think Mark Wahlberg is talented, he was great in the fighter, and weirdly enough he was great in The Other guys, but this is just not him, he doesn't have the voice, the look or anything that makes Nathan Drake, actually, his voice will without a doubt be a negative thing. I am not saying he can't act or he wouldn't be a good second choice, but Fillion would have done a better job because he has a lot of the character down naturally.
  • jhab007 - March 1, 2011 5:36 a.m.

    Yes indeed, Fillion is Drake, they like the same jokes and have a similar behavior, at least for what I have seen in Serenity.
  • Headshot10101 - March 1, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    Ok, First Kobraman88 you can go eat something that is delicious like cake, but I will f***ing chase you to the end of the earth and make you love Nathan Fillion so much that you will bare him many children. And second Personamanxx, YOU JUST CAME UP WITH THE BEST IDEA I HAVE EVER HEARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Headshot10101 - March 1, 2011 5:01 a.m.

    Nathan Fillion and Drake have the F***ing same personality!!! What was the director thinking!!!! Also Mark has been in so many movies lately, let other people get their chance to shine!
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - March 1, 2011 4:56 a.m.

    @Zolty717 I don't think I hated on it? I said that we wanted Fillion, and that's true. And I said that if we're lucky, we'll get a decent film. Which is rare for game-based movies.

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