Rockstar Studios‘ creation of Red Dead Redemption 2 has been a hit since its launch in 2018. Fans also called it one of the ‘greatest games ever’ as the creation celebrated its 4th birthday. The game is not only popular for its brilliant storyline, but also its feature of one character control only. And the new character is Arthur Morgan.
Morgan is the protagonist of the storyline who explores various adventures on his quest for life. He is a high-ranking member of the Van der Linge gang. He’s ought to deal with the decline of the Wild West while attempting to survive against government forces and other adversaries in a fictionalized representation of the American Frontier.
Arthur Morgan was played by Roger Clark in Red Death Redemption 2. The process was done through performance capture which included simultaneous recordings of speech and movement and also a few voice-over sessions.
Clark initially found it challenging as the dynamics of the game could result in two very different conclusions, depending upon the player. While the goal was to depict Arthur as a character complex enough to be helpful for players to make choices as they wish.
The writer, Dan Houser, wanted to create Morgan as someone who is weak at the start but eventually becomes stronger as the game progresses. But, Arthur ended up being strong and tough since the beginning, and is “taken on a more intellectual roller coaster when his worldview gets taken apart”.
After being selected for the role, Clark referred to plenty of characters and references to perfect his task. His research found him his main inspiration, Toshiro Mifune, whose characters’ stoic but humorous nature held the details that Morgan must have.
He also gained perception from The Proposition (2005), which has a similar character arc as Morgan. Roger also watched films like High Noon (1952), and also works of John Wayne. He also felt that Arthur was more talkative than Clint Eastwood’s depiction of the Man with No Name.
Clark also listened to Don Edward’s 1993 version of the song “Coyotes” constantly throughout the production process.
Arthur Morgan, the strong and brave main protagonist of The Red Dead Redemption 2, is played by Roger Clark. The actor took inspiration from several characters and films to portray Morgan as the challenging and adventurous man he is.
This idea was a true success given the love the game has received since its release in 2018.