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article imageMarshawn Lynch stars as villain in Call of Duty: Black Ops III

By Jonathan Hausler     Jun 9, 2015 in Sports
Until today, athletes and Call of Duty have never been used in the same sentence. It was revealed by ESPN that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is starring as a villain in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game.
Lynch is the first NFL player to appear in a Call of Duty game, and according to the ESPN the Magazine article that is out this Friday, he nailed his performance.
"Marshawn Lynch is the perfect match for Call of Duty," says Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. "I mean, he's a guy who fills stadiums, crushes competitors and has a Beast Mode. What could be more COD than that?"
In the video game, Lynch will play a villain that walks into a bar and starts a gun fight, and somehow makes it out alive.
Even though it is a surprise that Lynch is appearing in a Call of Duty game, it's not a surprise that Lynch would want to be in a video game. It's been known that Lynch is a gamer from when he played Mortal Kombat X against Conan O'Brien and Rob Gronkowski right before the Super Bowl, and in an interview from 2012, Lynch reveals that he's been playing Call of Duty for years.
Lynch was filmed with motion capture, the same technology that actor Andy Serkis is famous for using in films such as The Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Even Lynch himself was excited about what was going on. "I've been in the Super Bowl, movies, music videos, Madden. But to have your own character in Duty is, I mean, it's almost like you arrived."
View more photos of Lynch's experience here.
Black Ops III will be released November 6, and will be available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Preorders are available now.
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