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Hitman stars Zachary Quinto and Rupert Friend on the bad, the bald and the NES

Agent 47 is having a renaissance in 2015. Not only is Square-Enix rebooting the Hitman video game series with a new episodic game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, I/O Interactive's thorny assassin tale is also returning to the big screen.

Hitman: Agent 47 succeeds on a fundamental level that the 2007 film adaptation failed at miserably: it's got a great cast. Rupert Friend, best known for his performance as Peter Quinn on Homeland, is a surprisingly excellent fit for the chilly, lethal Agent 47. Playing opposite him is none other than Zachary Quinto, playing rival John Smith who certainly equals 47 in terms of looking badass in a suit. We talked with both stars about playing bad guys, preparing for action hero baldness, and classic games.

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I've been playing games since I turned four in 1986, been writing about them since 1987, and writing about them professionally since 2008. My wife and I live in New York City. Chrono Trigger is my favorite game ever made, Hum's Downward is Heavenward is my favorite album, and I regularly find myself singing "You Won't See Me" by The Beatles in awkward situations.