Far Cry 5 has a Roy Moore problem
-A man who married a teenager when he was in his 50s plays U.S. Marshal Burke-
By now, the latest installment of Ubisoft’s Far Cry series has made its way to the masses around the globe. Reviews have been relatively kind, the gameplay has been praised and the story has been dinged by some outlets like Polygon for being less than was expected before its release.
Though I haven’t been able to play the game yet, there is one problem I have with it, specifically, one of the actors playing a hero in the story took a page from former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged playbook when he really married a teenaged girl in Las Vegas in the year 2011.
Ever hear of Doug Hutchison? Well, if you haven’t dear reader, I can guarantee you might have seen him on the silver or small screens at some point in your life. In 1999, he gave life to Percy Wetmore in The Green Mile, from 2007-2009 on Lost, he played Horace Goodspeed, and, most controversially, he also married 16-year-old aspiring actress and singer Courtney Stodden in Nevada in the year I mentioned above. Though the union is not illegal (the pair have since separated, and, on a related note, young people getting married is more common than you’d think in America), the general public reacted with scorn and deep derision to the coupling at the time.
While on VH1’s Couples Therapy program in 2012, Hutchison revealed his family disowned him, his agent dropped him and, perhaps most accurately, his manager told him marrying a child bride was like taking a gun and shooting his career in its head. But, his business is breathing still.
According to Hutchison’s IMDB page, he has two new projects in the works apart from his recent vocal work in Far Cry 5, maybe I’m being silly, but how is this possible in this age? In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, shouldn’t he have not been hired to play a law enforcement figure in a major media release? If this were a Spacey or Willis, they’d have been tossed quickly.
While allegations and individuals on the development side of the equation are making the news more often for their misdeeds, it is high time the same scrutiny comes over to the performance side of making games. If you’re racist, sexist, homophobic, otherwise bigoted, an asshole or a creep who would marry a child bride like Hutchison, you don’t deserve the prestige of a role which will be seen by millions of players all around the world. The industry is better than this.
*Note: I’ve reached out to Ubisoft and will update this piece in the event I receive a response.
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