Giancarlo Esposito is the big, Hollywood acquisition for this year’s highly-anticipated Far Cry 6 game. Esposito is a renowned actor; most notably for his role as the villainous, nationwide meth supplier Gus Fring in the critically acclaimed, cult series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. More recently, he has taken the role of Moff Gideon in Disney +’s The Mandalorian. For someone of his fame to be involved in Far Cry 6, then, is a big get for the video game industry. Giancarlo is also an actor renowned for expressing the occasional view and some of his most recent comments, during a promotional round of interviews for Far Cry 6, have stirred up a debate in the United Kingdom.
Giancarlo Esposito Calls UK A “Mad Sack” – He’s Right
The Interview with Sky News
In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Giancarlo was interviewed to promote the game. Anyone who has followed the actor throughout his career will know that he does not shy away from the occasional political debate. This time, he has compared the UK’s political state to that of the one present in the storyline of the game. Here is a transcript of what Giancarlo said.
“The UK is a bit of a mad sack with Brexit, trying to figure out how to become autonomous again, which relates to Anton’s story in a certain way.
“I’m concerned politics has become more of an entertainment vehicle, as opposed to a genuine vehicle for change, and politically we give up because we don’t see any change really happening.
“I believe people have to become fed up enough for change to really occur. As an artist I prefer to speak gently about the political situation in the world because it’s all the same in many ways. The balance of power is certainly incorrect because the people don’t have the say that she should have.”
As is typically the case when an actor expresses his, her or their political view, there have been the usual cries of “stick to acting!” and “another actor telling us how to vote!” which is, of course, nonsense. It is necessary to appreciate every individual’s right to express themselves politically. Giancarlo’s view, also, is not controversial: it is 100% correct. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that precisely everything Giancarlo has claimed is true.
Political Discourse Downgraded to Showmanship
We have seen this over the world for a number of years now: political discourse has been downgraded to a war of showmanship. This is excessively problematic. The most renowned example is, of course, the United States; where a showman was elected President and turned the entire political environment there into some kind of warped, dystopian reality TV series. We all remember the Presidential debates last fall, which were more akin to an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia than a respectable, Presidential debate.
The United Kingdom is no better. Here, the current Prime Minister is one who has made a series of outrageous, downright offensive comments; has made a career out of presenting himself as a fool, whilst discretely making life worse for ordinary voters. Additionally, he became the most prominent “Brexiteer” in the country a mere 12 hours after writing an article against Brexit. Why? Because, quite simply, he saw becoming the chief Brexiteer (a role he could easily walk into, due to his popularity) as more profitable for himself both financially and politically. It is, after all, the sole reason he was able to assume the role of Prime Minister in 2019.
What Giancarlo is saying is that politicians have grown too comfortable with lying to achieve votes and then, once in power, abandoning those voters for the financial gains achieved through bowing to big business for self-financial gain. What’s worse is that voters have become so accustomed to this occurring that the action has become normalized. Whenever a political scandal occurs within the ruling party, there is outrage which lasts a few days – this outrage is then carefully directed towards something else. However, much like Giancarlo, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that things might, hopefully, change for the better. More and more people are becoming frustrated by their vote being turned against them and, surely, should sanity be destined to prevail, so soon will the people.
Far Cry 6’s World is Heavily Inspired By Cuba
The open, fictional world of Yara is one which players get to explore in Far Cry 6 and it is one heavily inspired by Cuba. Much like Cuba, Yara is under the rule of an authoritarian regime where the people do not have the power to change the system – which is where Esposito’s comparison comes from. He believes that though the United Kingdom’s political system is almost entirely incomparable to Yara’s, that same disregard for the rights of voters is present. Democracy can exist as something of a facade; you think you have a democratic right to express yourself but, ultimately, if you have a choice between two very similar parties of the same establishment – with a media largely rigged to tell you which way to vote – then that is no democracy.
Regardless of the political discourse surrounding the game, it is receiving widely positive reviews on the web. IGN gave the game a highly respectable 8/10; Metacritic a similarly respectable 76% and Eurogamer a 3/5. The game is now widely available in stores, so if you too share Giancarlo’s lust for change, you can achieve it in the fictional world of Yara on Far Cry 6. You can catch Giancarlo Esposito in Far Cry 6 as the villainous dictator, Antón Castillo.
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