The upcoming Warcraft movie is being made by many people who absolutely love the game on which the film is being based, but few would argue that there is anyone more passionate than Robert Kazinsky. As it turns out, the English actor playing Orgrim in the upcoming feature is actually one of the top World of Warcraft players in the world. Of course, this fact alone didn’t qualify him for the role, but it certainly opened a door, as it was coincidentally playing the game in front of one of Warcraft’s producers that started him on the road to being a major part of the production.
Back in March of 2014, I joined a small group of other film journalists to go to the set of Warcraft while it was still in production, and it was while sitting down with Robert Kazinsky that he went into detail about his passion for the video game, and the interesting path he wound up on to get his role. It all began on the set of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim - in which Kazinsky plays Australian Jaeger pilot Chuck Hansen – and a slow day during filming. Wanting to kill some time, the actor pulled out his laptop to play some Warcraft… and he just so happened to be sitting next to the exact right person:
After that, Robert Kazinsky would regularly bug Jillian Share about the development of the movie, regularly looking for updates, asking if he could see a script, and just asking to be somehow involved (he told us that he would have been willing to just be Paula Patton’s purse-holder during production). Eventually he was able to convince her to let him record an audition for Duncan Jones, and then meet with the filmmaker – and it worked out so well that he is now playing one of the lead Orc roles in the Warcraft movie.
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This may seem just like a silly and fun story, but Kazinsky stressed that being a part of the blockbuster was actually tremendously important to him. He has dedicated a significant portion of his life to the expansive video game, and sees being part of the first film adaptation somewhat as justification for all those efforts. He explained,
Of course, we only have the highest hopes that the quality of Warcraft will match Robert Kazinsky’s passion level. We’ll find out when the blockbuster arrives in theaters on June 10, 2016 – and in the meantime stay tuned for more of our coverage from the set!
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