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Command & Conquer's Joe Kucan

Kane speaks, gives piggy backs

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They do these mash-ups on YouTube now of Kane's speeches with disco hits on in the background - I'm serious: that bald guy's cool, you can really dance to him - and I'll come across that very first scene from Command & Conquer and I still kind of go, 'yeah, that's cool'. And when Kane reappears in Tiberian Sun and they're all shouting "Kane lives!" And he appears on the big screen... that still brings a tear to my eye.

I've had a lot of fun filming. I don't know if you can tell but I'm not always serious and that's the sort of attitude I try to bring to a set. Even as a director I try to keep things fun - I think you get the best work out of people when they're comfortable and having fun.

So I've had a really lucky career as a director in having a lot of fun with a lot of talented actors. Nicholas Worth played the Russian Premier in Red Alert 2 and he died about a year ago. Every day I miss him; he was a great guy, a great actor and a legend in the sci-fi world. But we had great fun together.

Ray Wise was in Red Alert 2 and he was frickin' brilliant. His career's shot off and I'd like to take responsibility for that, I think it's because of Red Alert 2. He was just marvellous.

Even with Tiberian Sun, James Earl Jones was a little dubious about the whole thing. I think I was actually the first director to put him on a green screen. I think that's true and he was a little taken back but at the end of the day just a champ.

Finally...

Oh thank god, sweet Jesus! It's just been going on forever. Argh!

... What can you tell us about C&C that nobody else knows?

We don't like to admit this but we made it all up as we went along. The truth about Command & Conquer is that we never really planned on a giant, sweeping arc of a story that would create canon from one game to the other. We knew we'd created holes that we needed to fill, so we just made it up as we went along. There was really no grand, sweeping plan and I think that's what made it so much fun.

We've left a lot of unanswered questions that the players can go back and fill in themselves. Whenever I kind of wink and nod and say, 'yeah, I know what's going on', I'm lying through my teeth. I don't have the slightest idea. I don't know who Kane is, where Kane came from, what he wants or where he's going. We just make it up as we go along and let the players sort it all out.

But don't tell anybody that! This is just between us, right?

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