How Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Ended Up in a Hollywood Film

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
Yep, that's Kotick. In a movie.
Yep, that's Kotick. In a movie.

The Internet put on its WTF face when the trailer for Moneyball showed up, featuring someone who looked awfully like Activision CEO Bobby Kotick portraying the owner of the Oakland Athletics.

Turned out it actually was him, though. But...how? Why? What?

Reuters spoke with Kotick, who explained he's friends with Moneyball director Bennett Miller.

“We were having dinner and Bennett was talking about Moneyball and he asked me a little bit about an owner’s psychology and what an owner would be like," said Kotick. "I started reading the script and I said, I really think the words don’t capture how an owner would react to this part of the conversation. "

Miller pitched Kotick on the idea of portraying the role himself, with Kotick asking Miller to film something for The Call of Duty Endowment charity, which helps integrate war veterans back into society. All of the ticket proceeds from next month's Call of Duty XP, for example, go to the charity.

When the trailer hit, I immediately went to IMDB but couldn't find Kotick's name anywhere. That's because he won't be credited for the appearance--it was simply a favor to a friend.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
Yep, that's Kotick. In a movie.
Yep, that's Kotick. In a movie.

The Internet put on its WTF face when the trailer for Moneyball showed up, featuring someone who looked awfully like Activision CEO Bobby Kotick portraying the owner of the Oakland Athletics.

Turned out it actually was him, though. But...how? Why? What?

Reuters spoke with Kotick, who explained he's friends with Moneyball director Bennett Miller.

“We were having dinner and Bennett was talking about Moneyball and he asked me a little bit about an owner’s psychology and what an owner would be like," said Kotick. "I started reading the script and I said, I really think the words don’t capture how an owner would react to this part of the conversation. "

Miller pitched Kotick on the idea of portraying the role himself, with Kotick asking Miller to film something for The Call of Duty Endowment charity, which helps integrate war veterans back into society. All of the ticket proceeds from next month's Call of Duty XP, for example, go to the charity.

When the trailer hit, I immediately went to IMDB but couldn't find Kotick's name anywhere. That's because he won't be credited for the appearance--it was simply a favor to a friend.

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#2 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1549 posts) -

Nooo!

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#3 Posted by chickdigger802 (575 posts) -

pretty rad lol.

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#4 Posted by blake_brown (162 posts) -

suck it kotick

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#5 Edited by crusader8463 (14759 posts) -

He also gave advice for the actor that played Darth Sedious in the Star Wars films.

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#6 Posted by Brendan (8953 posts) -

Interesting story, thanks Patrick.

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#7 Posted by mfpantst (2653 posts) -

I can't believe I'm saying this.  This is damn cool.

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#8 Posted by PatVB (363 posts) -
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#9 Posted by Castiel (3170 posts) -

Eight!

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#10 Posted by lockwoodx (2532 posts) -

If only Kotick would have been a director and used his powers for good.

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#11 Posted by Kyreo (4682 posts) -

Fascinating.

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#12 Posted by NMC2008 (1248 posts) -

Love the Jerry Dandrige sweater he's got going. I am a Kotick fan I must say.

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#13 Posted by Colonel_Fury (462 posts) -

That's pretty awesome.

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#14 Posted by Ghostiet (5832 posts) -
@crusader8463 said:
He also gave advice for the actor that played Darth Sedious in the Star Wars films.

In the original trilogy, even.

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#15 Posted by Concise (35 posts) -

"any_more"

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#16 Posted by YOUNGLINK (636 posts) -

11?

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#17 Posted by khann (3230 posts) -

Why do I feel like i've seen this exact article before? :S

Deja-vu like a mother fucker.

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#18 Posted by Redbullet685 (6433 posts) -
@Khann: There was one, but that was before anyone even knew that it actually was Kotick. 
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#19 Edited by bassman2112 (1090 posts) -

Miller pitched Kotick on the idea of portraying the rolehimself 


FTFY, Patrick =)

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#20 Posted by President_Barackbar (3602 posts) -
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#21 Posted by heatDrive88 (2862 posts) -
Miller pitched Kotick on the idea of portraying the roll himself, with Kotick asking Miller to film something for The Call of Duty Endowment charity, which helps integrate war veterans back into society. All of the ticket proceeds from next month's Call of Duty XP, for example, go to the charity.

I'd actually like to learn more about this.

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#22 Posted by Darkstorn (481 posts) -

I don't think this is bad or anything, it's just really bizarre. I guess we'll see if the man can act.

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#23 Posted by MisterMouse (3601 posts) -

I wonder how his acting will be.

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#24 Posted by Slaker117 (4873 posts) -

Pretty sure IMDB still lists uncredited rolls if it's confirmable. Guess they're just a little slow with this one.

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#25 Posted by Sil3n7 (1428 posts) -

Pro tip: When you are already seen as an evil, greedy CEO, staring in a movie called "Moneyball" probably won't help your image.

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#26 Posted by DFSVegas (373 posts) -

Shit... Kotick did something I admire. Does that mean I can't dislike him any more?

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#27 Posted by Beomoose (776 posts) -

Ok, but now explain the "hair."

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#28 Posted by fuddles (88 posts) -

God help us all.

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#29 Posted by ArcLyte (922 posts) -

up yours kotick!

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#30 Posted by The_Joker (324 posts) -

"portraying the roll"

role*

Sorry Patrick. We nitpick because we care.

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#31 Posted by rndmtask (144 posts) -

I don't agree with his business practices, but at least he did this for a good cause.

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#32 Posted by DrJota (725 posts) -

I guess he's hoping for...ahem...charitable reviews of his acting debut???

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#33 Posted by Pinworm45 (4069 posts) -
@DFSVegas said:

Shit... Kotick did something I admire. Does that mean I can't dislike him any more?

Hitler was a vegetarian (lol godwin). Just because someone does something good or nice doesn't make up for the other shit. 
 
So yes, we can all still hate him amicably.
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#34 Posted by Clubvodka (441 posts) -
@heatDrive88: The charity is all good and well, it's very altruistic of Kotick however because it's tied to fucking Call of Duty, a series of games that makes war an entertainment experience, its kind of insulting and slightly sick.
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#35 Posted by Damian (1521 posts) -

No more movies for Kotick? What about the rumours of him replacing David Bowie in the Labyrinth remake?!

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#36 Posted by Nomin (1004 posts) -

A fact: Kotick is a Jew.  
I am just afraid that all this Kotick hatin' will open a whole can of worms preserved from the 1940s.
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#37 Posted by SquirrelGOD (555 posts) -

@Pinworm45 said:

@DFSVegas said:

Shit... Kotick did something I admire. Does that mean I can't dislike him any more?

Hitler was a vegetarian (lol godwin). Just because someone does something good or nice doesn't make up for the other shit. So yes, we can all still hate him amicably.

...Did you really just compare the CEO of a fucking VIDEO GAME COMPANY to the man who KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE? You've got to be joking, because there can't be anyone who's that retarded. He's a fucking BUSINESS MAN. Once more: HE. IS. A . BUSINESS MAN. His job, his sole purpose in his career is to make that black number as high as possible every year, and he's pretty good at doing that. Gamers need to stop taking everything so damn personally. If something is costing you money, you stop doing it. Sadly, this means having to close down a failing studio, or lay off some people. It sucks, but it's necessary for survival in an industry that is changing very rapidly.

Christ, I'd hate to think of what would happen to any company that was run by whiny gamers. Thousands of people would quickly be unemployed because of dipshits that were trying too hard to please a pissy, vocal minority that will never stop whining. Ever.

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#38 Posted by Captain_Insano (2512 posts) -

@The_Joker said:

"portraying the roll"

role*

Sorry Patrick. We nitpick because we care.

You beat me to it. Not really being too critical but it just gets to me too.

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#39 Posted by Pinworm45 (4069 posts) -
@SquirrelGOD said:

@Pinworm45 said:

@DFSVegas said:

Shit... Kotick did something I admire. Does that mean I can't dislike him any more?

Hitler was a vegetarian (lol godwin). Just because someone does something good or nice doesn't make up for the other shit. So yes, we can all still hate him amicably.

...Did you really just compare the CEO of a fucking VIDEO GAME COMPANY to the man who KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE? You've got to be joking, because there can't be anyone who's that retarded. He's a fucking BUSINESS MAN. Once more: HE. IS. A . BUSINESS MAN. His job, his sole purpose in his career is to make that black number as high as possible every year, and he's pretty good at doing that. Gamers need to stop taking everything so damn personally. If something is costing you money, you stop doing it. Sadly, this means having to close down a failing studio, or lay off some people. It sucks, but it's necessary for survival in an industry that is changing very rapidly.

Christ, I'd hate to think of what would happen to any company that was run by whiny gamers. Thousands of people would quickly be unemployed because of dipshits that were trying too hard to please a pissy, vocal minority that will never stop whining. Ever.

Yes, you're exactly right, I was literally making the point that Bobby Kotick is exactly like Hitler. I wasn't in any way trying to make the point that doing something good doesn't make up for everything bad, and I especially wasn't saying that when I said "doing something good or nice doesn't make up for the other shit". 
 
You caught me, a regular Sherlock of deduction you are.
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#40 Posted by beforet (3335 posts) -

Best part is, I might see this movie purely for Kotick.

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#41 Posted by JP_Russell (1191 posts) -

Well, he is perfect for the part, I suppose.  He knows all about the mentality of the typical, sociopathic businessman.

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#42 Posted by SquirrelGOD (555 posts) -

@Pinworm45 said:

@SquirrelGOD said:

@Pinworm45 said:

@DFSVegas said:

Shit... Kotick did something I admire. Does that mean I can't dislike him any more?

Hitler was a vegetarian (lol godwin). Just because someone does something good or nice doesn't make up for the other shit. So yes, we can all still hate him amicably.

...Did you really just compare the CEO of a fucking VIDEO GAME COMPANY to the man who KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE? You've got to be joking, because there can't be anyone who's that retarded. He's a fucking BUSINESS MAN. Once more: HE. IS. A . BUSINESS MAN. His job, his sole purpose in his career is to make that black number as high as possible every year, and he's pretty good at doing that. Gamers need to stop taking everything so damn personally. If something is costing you money, you stop doing it. Sadly, this means having to close down a failing studio, or lay off some people. It sucks, but it's necessary for survival in an industry that is changing very rapidly.

Christ, I'd hate to think of what would happen to any company that was run by whiny gamers. Thousands of people would quickly be unemployed because of dipshits that were trying too hard to please a pissy, vocal minority that will never stop whining. Ever.

Yes, you're exactly right, I was literally making the point that Bobby Kotick is exactly like Hitler. I wasn't in any way trying to make the point that doing something good doesn't make up for everything bad, and I especially wasn't saying that when I said "doing something good or nice doesn't make up for the other shit". You caught me, a regular Sherlock of deduction you are.

Well, good. Now that you know what the problem is, you can work on not being an idiot. World keeps on spinnin'!

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#43 Posted by GaspoweR (4813 posts) -

Well if @President_Barackbar said:

@pat4327 said:

Don't worry, even if he's not on IMDB, he'll always have a page on Screened!

http://www.screened.com/bobby-kotick/14-882539/

Suck it IMDB!

Well if IMDB doesnt have it...THEN WHY DOES SCREENED HAVE IT, EH??? CONSPIRACY!

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#44 Posted by Pinworm45 (4069 posts) -
@SquirrelGOD said:

@Pinworm45 said:

@SquirrelGOD said:

@Pinworm45 said:

@DFSVegas said:

Shit... Kotick did something I admire. Does that mean I can't dislike him any more?

Hitler was a vegetarian (lol godwin). Just because someone does something good or nice doesn't make up for the other shit. So yes, we can all still hate him amicably.

...Did you really just compare the CEO of a fucking VIDEO GAME COMPANY to the man who KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE? You've got to be joking, because there can't be anyone who's that retarded. He's a fucking BUSINESS MAN. Once more: HE. IS. A . BUSINESS MAN. His job, his sole purpose in his career is to make that black number as high as possible every year, and he's pretty good at doing that. Gamers need to stop taking everything so damn personally. If something is costing you money, you stop doing it. Sadly, this means having to close down a failing studio, or lay off some people. It sucks, but it's necessary for survival in an industry that is changing very rapidly.

Christ, I'd hate to think of what would happen to any company that was run by whiny gamers. Thousands of people would quickly be unemployed because of dipshits that were trying too hard to please a pissy, vocal minority that will never stop whining. Ever.

Yes, you're exactly right, I was literally making the point that Bobby Kotick is exactly like Hitler. I wasn't in any way trying to make the point that doing something good doesn't make up for everything bad, and I especially wasn't saying that when I said "doing something good or nice doesn't make up for the other shit". You caught me, a regular Sherlock of deduction you are.

Well, good. Now that you know what the problem is, you can work on not being an idiot. World keeps on spinnin'!

Hold on, did you know that Gandhi was Bald, and so is Jason Alexander? 
 
Of course, what I'm REALLY inferring, is that Gandhi was socially bad, like George, and that he once tried to poison his boss. Because leaps in logic like that aren't stupid or anything.
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#45 Posted by MetalMoog (971 posts) -

That's awesome. Bobby Kotick rules. He's the king of kings.

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#46 Posted by Blueman (746 posts) -

I like Kotick, he's quite funny.

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#47 Posted by Example1013 (4854 posts) -

Kotick does know how to be a businessman in charge of a for-profit organization that needs to make money.

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#48 Posted by TheGreatGuero (8881 posts) -

He's going to become a Hollywood darling. I predict a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for this performance!

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#49 Posted by mpgeist (664 posts) -

I'm more surprised Bobby has friends than him appearing in a movie.

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#50 Posted by MeesterO (81 posts) -

Makes sense, Most of the owners of the Athletics have been notoriously cheap.

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