Nadine Ross, a black female character from Uncharted 4, is being played by a white actress. It’s something most people won’t even pay any attention to, but thanks to NeoGaf and some publications that think they are on a politically correct moral crusade, this non-issue is being discussed all over the internet.
Nadine is being played by the highly talented Laura Bailey, but to explain why she was chosen to play a black character, creative director Neil Druckmann shared a statement at PSX.
What’s so awesome about our medium is your outward appearance doesn’t matter at all. If it did, Troy couldn’t play Joel in The Last of Us. Ashley Johnson couldn’t play Ellie. In the movie version, they can’t play those roles and they played them to perfection.
There is also a different white character that is being played by a colored actor:
If we were to change these characters, we would be operating out of fear of something that’s outside the game and these were the best calls for Uncharted 4. I stand by that 110 percent and I wouldn’t change anything. I’m so proud of Laura’s performance and I hope none of this takes away from what she was able to accomplish.
People who think it is OK to judge others based on color and gender, should have no place in our industry. The world is already full of crap, but our industry and this medium is where we promote tolerance and are together to enjoy a common passion, video games.