Maybe it's because he's the only thing that isn't utter dogshit in Terminator Salvation, or because of his involvement in Avatar or the fact he seems like a cool guy and is also the only Australian who can speak in his natural brogue and not make me want to throw up but I really like ol' Sam so don't turn this into a hate thread, please. I'm more concerned with if anyone knows when he was brought onto the Black Ops project. I remember a long while ago, Activision announced that Ed Harris and Gary Oldman were involved then a few weeks ago, I saw this this article from Kotaku which Brad Nicholson probably copy and pasted because I don't read Kotaku announcing the exact same thing, Ed Harris and Gary Oldman but no Sam Worthington.
Doing a bit of internet flatfooting, I found this article from Yahoo! which features this awkward paragraph:
In a recent demonstration of the game to The Associated Press, Mason sounded distinctly like "Avatar" actor Sam Worthington. Anthony declined to say if it was Worthington's voice. Another person with knowledge of the game, who spoke on condition of anonymity because that person wasn't authorized to release the information, said it was Worthington.
Considering he's been in two successful (if not particularly good) action films as well as the lead in the highest grossing film of all time and is still being lead on to be the next big leading man in Hollywood, why was this information kept under wraps? It's not exactly Bill Murray in Zombieland. It wasn't until the Quick Look that I even knew he was involved in the game and, OK, maybe I haven't been following every tiny snippet of news but it makes me wonder if he wasn't drafted in last minute to read the lines. On the Mel Gibson scale, his accent is very much in original Lethal Weapon territory and it makes me wonder if this was an end game pull by Activision to get a name actor as the leading man without realising a huge part of his success is his everyman good looks and commanding screen presence, not his nobody-really-speaks-like-this voice, and once he was done spitting game on the mic, someone realised this and kept it out of the press. I don't know. It all seems like a confusing attempt to beat Infinity Ward at their own game and coming out with something that isn't quite it.