Game News GTA Vice City: a mission cut was to play Tommy Vercetti in an action movie
Twenty years later, GTA Vice City still has some secrets to uncover. Rockstar’s cult game was recently approached by a dataminer, who noticed a lot of deleted content. In the pile, a mission where the hero of the game had to play in a film.
From crime to glitter
Grand Theft Auto Vice City was released in 2002 and even today has things to say. If we were talking to you recently about a fan’s remake under Unreal Engine 5, here it is a question of completely official content but nevertheless removed by Rockstardiscovered in the Definitive Edition files by YouTuber and dataminer Vladim M.
The latter thus got his hands on the script of a deleted mission in which Tommy Vercetti – the hero of the game, played by the late Ray Liotta – was to star in an action movie within the Malibu Club. It was a file called “movie demo” that sold the wick, the code only describing a beginning and an end of the mission… with however a cutscene, in which the protagonist leaves the Ocean Beach police station to go to the nightclub, followed by two gangsters. A gunfight then breaks out and the opponents manage to take down Tommy, crashing and exploding into barrels, while driving a car.
However, there is an explanation for this unpublished video: bits of scripts, also found in the game files. These reveal that Dennis Hopper, the film producer who also serves as Tommy’s contact for assignments, asks him to act in a chase scene. Vercetti accepts the stunt, hence the cutscene quoted above.
So the final theory is that Rockstar had designed a whole mission where the player followed the script controller in hand, with the reward, at the end, the cutscene to watch the finished film. An idea that will be taken up and exploited in GTA Vice City Stories in 2006. As luck would have it…
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