INTERVIEW: Kadeem Hardison Is An Avid Gamer, Talks ‘Beyond,’ And Video Game Virginity

With David Cage’s Beyond: Two Souls on the charts and in stores, we got a chance to speak with actor Kadeem Hardison about his role in the interactive thriller. If you weren’t able to get in at the ground floor, don’t worry, we’ll bring you up to speed. The founder of Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) challenged the gaming industry to “grow up.” And with that, he set into motion a belief that there is more to a story than what meets the eye. For fans of the company’s previous work, they’re no strangers to how gigantic its games are. Full of quick-time events, inescapable moments, and truly dazzling graphics—Sony launched the interactive thriller yesterday (Oct. 8) and immediately enamored hardcore gamers. After wowing industry insiders at New York City’s famed Tribeca Film Festival, the hype machine for Beyond: Two Souls reached into the stratosphere. Beyond: Two Souls takes players across the world on an exciting journey that explores 15 years of Jodie Holmes’ (Page) life. Aided by scientist Nathan Dawkins (Dafoe), the duo discovers a connection to a mysterious entity, which sets off a path to discover the truth about life, death and who she is — a direct theme that provides an evocative narrative amongst gamers. If you haven’t read our review, the uniquely intriguing title attempts to push the way video games are felt by hardcore and casual gaming fans. Without giving too much away, the Beyond cast reads off like a true Hollywood blockbuster, as Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe are billed as the marquee stars. No stranger to screens, both large and small, Kadeem Hardison plays Cole Freeman, an assistant to Dr. Nathan Dawkins and friend to Jodie Holmes. The Different World alum spent three weeks at the Quantic Dream studios in Paris working on the project. A self-professed “avid gamer,” we sat down with the living black legend to talk about his initial expectations of the game, his thoughts when handed the 2,000-plus page script, how and when he lost his video game virginity, and his expectations for the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season. You can listen to the full chat below: WARNING: Some audio hiccups and spoilers can be heard.

Beyond: Two Souls is available exclusively for the PlayStation 3 and is in stores now.