Franklin Actor in ‘GTA 5’Says He Nearly Quit On His First day
Grand Theft Auto is a well-known franchise. GTA entries have been some of the most popular games in their respective generation over the years. It’s important to note that this doesn’t include the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy – The Final Edition, which was plagued by bugs and glitches at its release (and was made by Grove Street Studios instead of Rockstar).
Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V did much better after its 2013 release. It went on to break seven Guinness World Records and became the fastest-selling entertainment product of all time. Rockstar was clear in their knowledge of the game’s production, but Shawn Fonteno, a Franklin actor, almost quit the project on his first day.
Franklin Clinton, a street criminal aspiring to a better future, is one of the three main characters in the game. Shawn shares in his book Game Changer, My Journey from the Streets to Your Video Game console that he did not realize that Franklin would require motion capture and voiceover work.
Shawn was shocked to discover that he had entered a studio for body performance capture on his first day. As he put on his skin-tight motion-capture suit, a growing sense of self-consciousness intensified. Shawn returned to his dressing room and told producers that he could not continue.
Shawn was able to stay after the crew made a deal for them to wear motion-capture suits. This is both extreme and sweet. Franklin’s story is undoubtedly one of the most important and successful in Grand Theft Auto. We’re glad Shawn overcome his insecurities to achieve the famous T-pose.