Since Halo The game came out in 2001, Master Chief always a hero with almost no face, hellbent about protecting humanity. He definitely has a personality, and we know he has a backstory, but the most important part of that character is that he’s a villain who can take on a team on his own. alien army and you can control every second of them.
But after a decade of false starts, Halo finally entered the live-actionand that means spinning Master Chief becomes a real charactermore than just an avatar for the player, at least according to the actor behind him.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the first episode of Halo.]
“In a first-person shooter video game, the character is made so specifically for the purpose of the game, you have to believe you are the Master Chief,” Pablo Schreiber told Polygon. “But the character is never revealed in any way excessively, so you can put your own personality on him.”
After 20 years, this kind of faceless has become something of a calling card for the Master Chief. To fans, Chief is more of his armor and voice than his face, because he’s never had one. The helmet is still active.
According to Schreiber, this faceless challenge is one that the show needs to face early and early.
“It was very important from the very beginning that the helmet would come off, you see the face, and you separate out your version of who you believe is the Chief,” explains Schreiber. “Instead of being the co-creator of the experience as you move on and believe you are the Director, we now invite you to sit back in your chair and watch as Chief begins to explore elements of himself.”
The Master Chief version sticks to many elements from the previous Halo classics. His name is John, he was included by the UNSC as a child. Dr. Halsey then treats John and his Spartans as military science experiments, turning the children into emotionless human weapons. But while much of the game moves away from this lore in another direction, the series remains committed to telling John’s story and showing audiences who’s behind Chief’s famous armor.
“If you’re going to carry the audience with you for episodes and hopefully seasons, you really need to instill that character with empathy and understanding. And you have to identify with the character in a way that goes beyond thinking you are him. ”