It's no secret that former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is a video game fanatic - just watch her workout in a Pikachu onesie - so it comes as no surprise that the "baddest woman on the planet" revealed that she'd want to star as Metroid's Galactic bounty hunter, Samus Aran, in a video game movie.
In an interview with GameSpot, the mixed martial artist was asked what movie based on a video-game she'd like to be the star of, to which she responded:
I've always wanted to be Samus. That would be badass. I love how people found out later that it was a hot chick on the inside. And then most of the day you're in a suit, so you can just hang out and eat donuts and be the star of Metroid. I hope they make a movie out of that.
What do you make of Rousey's comments? Does her previous movie work make her a feasible choice in a Metroid movie which will - let's be honest - probably never happen? She's certainly got the athletic ability!
Nah. Charlize Theron is Samus Aran. Ronda Rousey could be as Daisy/Peach instead.
She's not worthy of the Bounty Hunter's helmet.
Let's not discuss those things here
"just watch her work out in a Pikachu onsie"
This video does not exist.
Not my top pick, but she could I think. Depends on whether or not Samus is going to have a speaking role.
@rjejr Gah! Here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkvB794JA78
She'd make for a fantastic Samus.
Yeah...no, I can't see her being Samus.
Would you hire a lawyer to do your plumbing? Or vice-versa? Leave acting to the actors. One of my pet peeves is when someone suggests a person for a role based solely on their appearance ("Jason Mamoa as Batman") without regard for their acting chops, or lack thereof!
Let's play nice.
How dare she say there should be "hot chick"s in video games.
Other M: The Game: The Movie
'baddest woman on the planet' sorry just no
I think Rousey has realized there is little future for her in being kicked in the head for a living and is looking for an exit strategy. She can't go to the WWE as it would violate her current contract. The Expendabled has crashed and burned. Marvel aren't taking her seriously as an actress for Captain Marvel due to her not being a particularly good actress, so now she's trying to link herself to Nintendo.
The only thing is: as far as we know, Nintendo aren't in the market for a Samus lookalike.
I for one would give her a chance. The Rock, Dave Bautista and John Cena have all acted in pretty excellent roles. Don't write someone off right away.
If there are any Nintendo movies ever, I'd rather have them be CG.
So yeah. All that would be needed is a voice. Which wouldn't be hard to find.
Well considering that Samus doesn't usually talk much and Rousey could likely do many of the stunts and she at least knows what the source material is unlike a lot of actors I think she could do ok as Samus. She can be a bit of a drama queen sometimes but she is mostly cool considering her celebrity.
Scarlett Johansonn as Samus Aran. If I could pick anyone, that's who I would pick.
I think really, Rousey had said that very tongue in cheek, and people are looking into it too much.
So my question is if they make a Metroid movie would they actually go through the trouble of making a suit or would they ironman it and just go CGI?
Ugh, that has to be the most cringe-worthiest subtitle pun yet, Nintendo Life. >_<
Rousey seems to be more interested in an acting career than improving her current profession. I don't think it's a coincidence that she started appearing in movies just prior to getting her face punched in.
No thank you, her acting in Expendables 3 and Fast and Furious 7 was an absolute train wreck. While those movies don't exactly require you to be a thespian, she was remarkably bad compared to the rest of the cast.
@Splatburst Ugh, just reading that actress's name almost made me throw up. No, please no.
@Madder128: What is it with this obsession with famous, terrible actors/actresses? Scarlet Johansson is only a slightly less terrible suggestion than Charlize Theron. I really have no idea how you people come up with that.
@AnonZer0: "Leave acting to the actors"? You mean those famous actors that don't have a clue about acting? Are you aware that there are plenty of unknown people out there that are great actors although it's not their main job? Some of them might not even know it themselves.
@Not_Soos: Honestly, I didn't even recognize it as a pun until I read your comment. I just assumed that @SM4SHshorts just forgot to write "a run" in between. Wow, what a bad pun.
@Jimmy_G_Buckets: So what? Many people have done that (switching career paths) and some of those made the right choice in retrospect.
@ElementSponge: You mean because playing in a Metroid movie would be requiring soooo much acting talent? I think it would be a very light role that doesn't require much acting anyway. Just looking badass during stunts would probably be suffice. I haven't seen those two movies you mentioned, but I'd say if the Metroid movie would be on par with Expendables 2 (not a masterpiece or anything, but entertaining although I usually despise these typical action movies), it would be a huge success.
I don't know how good this Ronda Rousey is in acting, I don't even watch UFC, but at least she's got the right attitude. And she seems to be a fan. Those two things could be more important than a good acting reputation.
Come on people, we're talking about Metroid here, not some cinematic masterpiece. Just be realistic, a video game movie will always be mediocre because video games just don't translate well into movies.
@Tsurii True. I suspect if they got a famous name to play Samus (be it Rousey or someone else) They would spend at least half the movie out of the suit or in the zero suit just to leverage the big name.
I think the suit is too complicated to make a light version of it that an actor won't complain about wearing. So CGI is the only real option barring some parts I guess.
Kinda like how we spent the majority of the Iron Man Movies dealing with RDJ/Tony Stark rather than the suit itself. Tony had been over the top before the movies but RDJ really elevated him to a attention seeker (Not that I mind...I LIKE RDJ's Tony Stark).
That's what I was thinking too.
I'm starting to get a little weirded out at how much she looks like that Zero Suit Samus on the headline image. Never noticed that before...Lighten up the hair even more and add the mole to her chin and well she could wear the zero suit day one.
@Not_Soos @shani I actually thought it was pretty funny. It's the simple ones that work!
Man, the comments here are a bit of a train-wreck, aren't they?
@PsychoCrusher Ha! Each to their own I guess. I clicked my heels when I thought of it!
I basically just feel there shouldn't be any more video game movies at all.
She looks like Samus a touch, but please no Metroid movies and def no douchey people playing important parts, that happens way too much already
@shani Of course Metroid isn't some cinematic masterpiece that requires a person with an absurd level of acting talent. I'm not even sure how you got that out of my comment.
@MrGawain Gamestop asked her a question, and she answered. Not that big of a deal.
@ElementSponge No, I didn't read that out of your comment, it was just to make my point clear. My point is that IF she's good enough to starr in FF (never watched that series) and Expendables (only watched 1 & 2 and they were okay), she should be good enough for a Metroid movie.
But I haven't seen her act or fight (or do anything) yet, so I can't really judge. Who knows, maybe her acting has improved since then or maybe she can shine more as the sole hero of the movie. Sometimes a terrible role can also be the director's or someone else's fault.
But then again, I haven't seen her act, so maybe you're right afterall. I'll go watch some youtube clips from those two movies.
@shani I get that she can improve, and that Metroid (if it actually gets made) doesn't exactly require a very talented actor to lead the movie. I just don't see her being Samus, even if she can do the stunts herself. I know I'm being biased against her, it's just that her roles in The Expendable 3 and Furious 7 just didn't sit well with me.
This isn't the place to discuss gender politics.
@ElementSponge Argh, I sent that comment before I was finished.
My main point is that if she can improve and/or her acting is okay in the eventual movie, she has a big plus on her side: her being a Metroid fan (unless it turns out she isn't ). Therefore she not only knows the source material, but also cherishes it. I don't know how many Metroid fans there are out there worldwide, but I think an actress, not to mention a good one, with the same Metroid knowledge/experience is really rare.
And the stunts thing of course as a second plus, she could kick some ass.
So I did a Google video search and I didn't find much from XP3, but her fight with Michelle Rodriguez in FF7 looked accurate. I even found an interview with Rodriguez where she states the following:
"I think more women like [Ronda] need to be making movies because that's that military side, that's that boxing side, that's that fighter world side, that's that warrior side," she explained. "I portray that in films, she is that in real life, and it'd be great if there were more women from that world who came to bring that truth to the big screen, 'cause I see her standing toe-to-toe with half the dudes in this business who pretend to be fighters – and I see her whooping their asses real good!"
Now that doesn't sound so bad, in fact it sounds like a good fit for a space bounty hunter, wouldn't it? I'm still pretty open about that role, but any other candidates would have to play an awful lot of Metroid to qualify as much as her. And the movie is still hypothetical. But if the movie should materialize, Ronda's Metroid fandom and fighting skills/personality could be a good match for that hypothetical role. ^^
@shani That is some compelling evidence, I guess we'll just have to wait and see if this hypothetical situation actually comes to fruition.
Samus will probably spend most of the movie in her suit anyway. Even I can bloody play her.
I think she could do it. She's definitely scary enough.
You have great taste in role models Ronda.
Joshy from the bitblock did the best zero suit cosplay, btw.
You mean Ms. Gets-a-free-pass-on-domestic-violence-because-she's-a-woman? Yeah, no, I don't want her ugly mug anywhere near Samus.
How about Holly Holm, since she kicked Rousey's head in.
Say what you want, I'm just glad someone like Ronda Rousey is a Nintendo fan at all.
Uuhmm...why does everyone here hate Ronda Rousey?
Did I miss something?
Please update me on what it could be.
@MIDP Because she's a horrible person.
Holly Holm as Mother Brain.
@AnonZer0 How asinine. There have been many great actors that have come from different backgrounds. You don't have to be a classically-trained, Shakespearean bard in order to play a videogame character.
"One of my pet peeves is when someone suggests a person for a role based solely on their appearance ("Jason Mamoa as Batman")"
That... that's... what?
Samus does not lose! Loser. haha jk
whoa, I think that would be cool. But I don't see Nintendo ever making a Metroid movie. Maybe she could be Samus in a future Nintendo Metroid game trailer? I would love to see her become one of Nintendo's spokespersons (maybe she could replace Reggie, lol).
And, while I admire her (and envy her killer abs), I also hope she is able to find a career outside of UFC. It's not that I'm against violence (which I am, btw) but too many athletes end up with head trauma down the road and end up having to deal with complications the rest of their lives.
@shani Metroid as a name is going to put fans in seats, but for people
who don't know the series, Scarlett would be an excellent choice as she would sell tickets, and put people in seats.
I respect your opinion, but for a Hollywood actress, mainstream, she is good at what she does.
She's great in Lost in Translation.
Of course we are aware, there are better actresses.
But for a Metroid movie, without a big name, it's not going to put people in seats.
@MrGawain And if they were in the market for a Samus lookalike, well, we can all see from the picture in the article that they can probably do a lot better.
If they can make up for her face and not make her emotional. Go for it.
She's certainly got the looks and athletic talent, but can she act?
Anyway, I've said it before, but here's how I'd do a Metroid movie trilogy:
1st Movie: Covers the manga backstory and the original Metroid with Zero Mission's ending
2nd Movie: Covers "Return of Samus" & "Super Metroid"
3rd Movie: Covers "Other M" (with better dialogue and earlier permission to use the Varia Suit) & "Fusion"
If all that goes well, then they could consider doing a side-story "Metroid Prime" movie that covers the Prime Trilogy
Too muscular, Cherlize Theron is perfect even if getting a little older nowadays.
@johnodaz - Too muscular? Bruh. You think all that practice with the Chozo and adventures from Zero Mission all the way to Fusion and she's not gonna be masculine. What's wrong with that? Samus should be like that.
I think she said it off the cuff and didn't expect much criticism, but still, no, that would be a weak portrayal of the appearance of the character. Samus' appearance is routed in anime style fantasy, which is to say unrealistic.
Likewise, it would be wrong to cast a buff male Link instead of the short, skinny androgynous boy he appears as, which is again part of that anime style.
@ KO-Cub I've not seen Samus looking masculine in anything having abit of muscle is fine by me but looking like a female Arnie come on man she is more elegant than that.
SHAZAM! (thunderclap) I mean... Ronda would be an ideal character to play as Samus. If the filmmakers were to cast a different actress, JENNIFER LAWRENCE would be an excellent replacement.
Sure, physically she could pass. And as far as acting ability, Nintendo set that bar PRET-TY LOW.
I've never seen Samus do anything other than run, jump en shoot her arm cannon, so I don't really see why you would need a fighter to portray her. And I hope that a Metroid movie will be like the first Alien movie, all atmosphere and fear, not a big explosions Michael Bayhem extravaganza.
Several years ago I would've suggested Elisha Cuthbert for the role of Samus, now I don't really know a good fit.
@Madder128 I wouldn't expect a videogame movie - more so with a videogame franchise that isn't that well-known (in comparison to Mario & Zelda, for example) - to "put people in seats".
No other videogame movie has accomplished to do that so far - maybe World of Warcraft will, but from what I've seen, it's more of a long advertisement spot for the game (meaning it's all special effects but no story) than a movie in its own right.
So just assigning a famous actress - yeah, if you see her as an average mainstream Hollywood actress, she might be okay, but surely not great - to sell the tickets would be the wrong approach in my opinion.
It would end in a desaster like the Mario Bros. movie, only with a more famous actress.
And I don't think selling the tickets by all means should be the goal of the movie anyway. Of course it should sell tickets, but not as a big mainstream success, because then they would have to bend over backwards to make it more streamlined, in that case we don't need another one of those uninspired videogame-turned-Hollywood movie.
Just think of the Resident Evil movies: they chose a famous actress (Milla Jovovich) - hell, even Michelle Rodriguez co-stars in them as I just found out on imdb - and still nobody gives a crap about those RE movies because they're far from great and they didn't sell many tickets either.
Instead of going down that path I'd prefer Metroid to be a small but acclaimed movie, ideally - if possible - with someone who truly knows and loves the franchise.
And I'm saying that as someone that isn't even a big Metroid Fan. I occasionally played the old games, I played Metroid Prime 3 on Wii but didn't finish it, so I'm not even an expert on that franchise.
You're right, she's not that bad if you just see her as an average Hollywood actress - but I generally expect more from people who
A Metroid movie could be awesome, if videogame movies didn't genuinely suck. If they got a talented director who'd done sci-fi movies and reworked some of the best Metroid tunes, it could be this dark, tense, amazing movie where Samus kicks ass and tries to destroy the threats of Metroids, Space Pirates and Mother Brain deep in the bowels of Zebes.Too bad that'll never happen.
Besides I don't think Nintendo has been keen for their properties to get a live action movie since they botched the Mario Bros. movie Lol.
Who is that guy?
Oh hell no!
I would do anything to see her beat some of you people up!!! One punch and you all drop on the floor motionless... heck, how I would love to see that ! Sure, if it is my turn, I'll run so fast she'll never be able to catch up!
Are there any specific instances?
Likea can I find anything on YouTube or any articles?
Other than beating up her bf, which of course is pretty serious. But even something like that (for some reason) doesn't make people this hated. I've read tons of articles on people who did domestic abuse without not even close to this much hate in the comments.
Most times its rather the opposite, that people just ignore that part and keep loving them for whatever they were loved for in the first place.
If there are any Nintendo movies ever, I'd really love to watch this character played by some hot actress
Not attractive enough.
@Splatburst Natasha Henstridge as zerosuit Samus!!
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