Rumors and discussions about a live-action Halo film have been popping up for so long that sometimes it feels like it's never really going to happen. Thankfully, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn has made the idea of a Halo film largely irrelevant. The live-action Halo web series stars the Master Chief and a handful of UNSC recruits, including one Daniel Lasky, who pops up again in Halo 4's campaign and multiplayer.
And it's fantastic.
We already spoke with the producers of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, and this week we chatted with Daniel Cudmore, the man behind the Master Chief in Forward Unto Dawn (and Felix in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2), about what he'd want out of a full-length Halo film, among other things. We even got him to drop a hint about the finale of Forward Unto Dawn, which airs this Friday.
Complex: What's it like being the Master Chief?
Cudmore: It's pretty cool! You know, at the end of the day you're filling this pretty iconic, badass character, but at the same time, you know, you've got to—you've got to feel like you've got—no pun intended—massive shoes to fill. And to make sure that you get it right. Because the last thing you want to do is—being the first guy to really play the character, you don't want to go—just these horribly wrong decisions go awry and everyone who absolutely loves the character is like, "What the hell did that guy do?"
What's your favorite part about being that character?
I think, like, in all honesty, it's just that suit. The suit that Legacy Effects in LA built was just so cool, and I had a full, 3D body scan, so it's just like completely built for me, right down to the millimeter.
So you really got to wear the armor?
Yeah, that's all, it's 100 percent practical. It's got, like, a—I've got sort of a rubber suit underneath that goes just sort of down to my elbows, and then just under my knees. And then all the pieces just sort of build on top of it. And yeah, it's 100 percent practical. There's nothing on there that has been added after the fact.
Yeah, it's cool, man.
Was it as heavy as it looks?
For one of the stunts I had to do I wanted to really find out what the weight was, just so we didn't get me flying way over the mark by accident. But it weighed in at about 63 pounds. Yeah, but I mean, it seems like a lot, but then if you think about it, it's spread across your whole body. So it kind of—I mean, the best description for me would be, you know, swimming with clothes on. Where everything kind of feels a bit muted, you know what I mean?
It definitely looks nice and heavy in the episodes. Is that your voice as well coming out of the helmet?
No, they got a voice actor on that. It's funny because I actually did all the dialogue and full acting in the suit with the other actors, and then they put a voice over top. Which, I mean, that's their choice. I don't know how clear my voice would have been with all the commands going in the helmet and mumbling through the helmet and everything like that.