Yuri Lowenthal, the actor behind Peter Parker in Insomniac’s Spider-Man games, has commented on the controversial face model change that happened after the first game, telling fans they need to “get over it”.
Despite generally being one of PlayStation’s most popular series, Insomniac’s Spider-Man games aren’t without their fair share of controversies, whether it’s the infamous puddlegate or the sequel having the gall to… be set in the same city as the first game. Shocking, I know. Without a doubt, the biggest controversy the series has seen so far was when Insomniac changed Peter Parker’s face after the first game, with his new model, Ben Jordan, making him look a lot younger than he previously did.
Although this was done to better link up Lowenthal’s voice and face capture to a model that looks more like him, fans weren’t happy at all about the change and claimed that it was done to make Insomniac’s Peter Parker look more like Tom Holland, the MCU’s Spider-Man. It’s been years since Peter Parker’s face was changed, but debates still rage on about whether it was a good decision, something that the actor behind Insomniac’s version of the character has now weighed in on.
Earlier this week, ComicBook.com had the chance to speak to Yuri Lowenthal and ask him his thoughts about Peter Parker’s model being changed leading into Spider-Man 2. Lowenthal, who hasn’t spoken much about the topic in the past but has surely been subjected to tons of questions about it on Twitter, said he was fine with the change but was tired of talking about it.
“The performance was the same for me,” Lowenthal said. “I got over it as soon as they said, ‘Hey, we wanna make this change so that the facial animation is better.’ I said ‘I’m all in!’ I don’t care if he looks like a goblin, if my performance is better, then I’m in. I’m kind of tired of talking about it to be honest, because I think everything that needs to be said has been said.”
Lowenthal continued by saying that some fans will simply never get over the change, but that it at least shows how much of a positive emotional connection there was from his performance in the first game. He ended his thoughts on the topic by telling fans, “Now get over it!”, which is completely fair considering how long the debate has raged on. Although that might seem a little sharp from Lowenthal, it’s understandable when you think how many times he’s been asked about it over the past few years.
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