Troy Baker revealed how the birth of his son helped him make sense of Joel’s controversial decision at the climax of The Last of Us Part 1, and he talked about his continued desire to play Daredevil during a sometimes emotional appearance at Milan’s Games Week in Italy.
In a recording of the interview, Baker — who voiced protagonist Joel Miller in The Last of Us Part 1 — explained that he was at a “disadvantage” to the game’s writer and creative director. Neil Druckmann when it comes to Joel’s decisions.
Warning: This section contains spoilers for The Last of Us Part 1
Asked if Baker made the same decisions as Joel, the actor replied, “When we were doing the first part, I was at a disadvantage to Neil, because Neil was a father. I was acting. That was a very real possibility for him – how would I look if I lost my daughter.”
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Specifically, Baker was referring to Joel’s decision to save Ellie in the game’s climax, by stopping the Firefly scientists from performing a fatal operation on her that could have resulted in a cure for the Cordyceps infection that was ravaging humanity. In the time since making the game, Baker has become a father.
Baker explained, “And I have a son, and I don’t know what I would look like if I lost him. But I do know that if I had the chance to save him, I would do anything. I would do anything to save him. So people have asked me, why would Joel do that when he could have saved the world, and my answer to them is always – He did, he saved the world. It’s just that the world was that girl, and that’s it.
In the same interview, the voice actor revealed that certain elements of the game, such as Joel’s desire to be a singer and Ellie’s longing to become an astronaut, came from conversations he and Ashley Johnson had with Druckman on set.
Baker also talked more about his desire to work on a Daredevil game in the future.
“I’ve said that a lot,” Baker said, “I’m a huge Daredevil fan. What Charlie Cox did on the show was great, and I had a chance to talk to him about it, and I told him about his mean daredevil performance. I either want to play Matt Murdock in a game, or I want To run the game.”
According to Baker, Batman and Daredevil are comic book fan favorites he’s had for a long time, and his desire to be involved with Daredevil is based at least in part on the hero’s blindness.
Either way, because the reason we play games is so that a character can do something that I can’t do. What’s that game like when I can do something that a character can’t? That’s what really excites me about making that game, and it’s going to be a challenge. Big for me as an actor, to be able to play someone who is not sighted.”
“I already played Batman, now I just need to play Daredevil, we’ll see.”
A film adaptation of The Last of Us is set to premiere January 15, 2023 on HBO, and will see Pedro Pascal enter the role of Joel Miller, while Game of Thrones actress Bella Ramsey will play Ellie. Check out IGN’s coverage of trailer breakdowns, and to find out why Ramsay was encouraged not to play The Last of Us Part 1 before filming the movie.
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