Uncharted director Ruben Fleischer revealed why Victor “Sully” Sullivan lacks the magnificent mustache of his video game counterpart for most of the new action-adventure film.
In an interview with GamesRadar+, Fleischer explained his decision to only have Mark Wahlberg’s Sully sport his trademark mustache in the second of Uncharted‘s two after-credits scenes. Since the film serves as a prequel to Naughty Dog’s video game series of the same name, Fleischer wanted the action-packed flick to portray how the characters evolve to become the people they are in the video game franchise. “We wanted to tell a different chapter of the story of Nate and Sully than that which fans are familiar with in the games,” Fleischer said.
Fleischer went on to explain that this freedom gave them some room to play with concepts or ideas that are not addressed in the Uncharted games. “That allowed us some license to show their progress, from Nate going from being an unassuming bartender to becoming a globetrotting treasure hunter and similar with Sully,” the director added. “We didn’t want him to start off in the exact same places where he ends up later in the video games. So certain liberties, we thought we would be allowed to take — for example, not having his iconic mustache until the end of the film — felt like, ‘Oh, we’re graduating to that later version of Sully.'”
The choice to have Sully’s iconic mustache appear after the main portion of the film also led to some great improv work by the cast. Sully’s line, “You’ll hit puberty one day,” in response to Nate’s reaction to his new facial hair was actually ad-libbed by Wahlberg when filming the scene. “These guys make it their own and just add so much flavor to everything they do,” Fleischer said.
Uncharted tells the story of young fortune hunter Nathan “Nate” Drake (Tom Holland) as he teams up with his mentee, Wahlberg’s Victor “Sully” Sullivan, to recover a treasure thought to have been lost in the voyages of Magellan. The pair are not the only ones with their eyes set on this fortune, however, as cutthroat billionaire Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) is determined to get his hands on the coveted prize, along with his team of ruthless mercenaries. In the midst of all this chaos, Nate and Sully also follow up on a series of clues that may lead to the whereabouts of Nate’s long-lost brother.
Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle round out Uncharted‘s main cast by respectively portraying Chloe Frazer, Drake’s love interest and fellow fortune hunter, and Jo Braddock, a mercenary under Moncada’s employ.
Uncharted is now showing in theaters.
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