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'Grand Theft Auto V' Star

TV Actors Are Chumps

It's the Video Game Generation

9/18/2013 10:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Grand Theft Auto 5" star Shawn Fonteno (who plays Franklin in the game) believes the age of TV actors ... and even film actors ... IS OVER ... because video game actors are taking over the game BIG TIME.

Fonteno was hanging out by his skyscraper-sized "GTA" billboard last night in Downtown LA ... and hearing him talk, it's incredible. He's straight-up the real-life version of Franklin from the game. You gotta listen.



We ask him a bunch of questions -- about in-game strip clubs, how much $$$ he got paid, everything -- but the best part of the clip is when he craps all over TV actors.

In 5 years, the biggest actors will be in

  • TV
  • Film
  • Video games
Fonteno lists a bunch of statistics about how video games are overtaking TV and film, and he's not joking -- the projected sales for "Grand Theft Auto 5" are more than $1 BILLION. And that's for the first month alone.

Only a handful of films have ever pulled off numbers like that ... "Avatar," "Titanic," "The Avengers" ... so we gotta ask ...

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Clytemnestra     

When this blowhard can consistently be part of games that sell hundreds of millions, then we'll talk. In the meantime, film actors will continue to be the huge moneymakers.

214 days ago
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Mandy    

He's delusional. I do feel a bit sorry for this guy, but good for him for having a job :)

214 days ago
3.

JesusSaves    

GTA 5 ROCKS!!! Got it yesterday & it's so realistic!

214 days ago
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Brian    

The truth is actors should be open to doing voice work in games but games won't be taking over the acting business. TV shows give them a steady job. In gaming they have to be really good to keep getting work. Only a few of them do that really.

214 days ago
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David    

What a stupid poll. Even if someone plays GTAV for 100 hours a week for the next month, they wouldn't recognize this nobody if he punched them in the face. If they didn't hire him for the role, they would have hired some other uneducated, gangster punk for 0.00000001% of their total revenue share.

213 days ago
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Kiko    

GTA advertised background, GTA ads in both side and story columns AND a GTA related "story". Now THAT is a coincidence, eh?

213 days ago
7.

Pete    

you better hire a p.r. firm fast because you are a ****ing NOBODY

213 days ago
8.

Soda pop    

blend of heroin, marijuana, rat poison, bleach, and retroviral drugs

213 days ago
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billybob    

This idiot should shut up in real life, he only exists in video games where he is a bad textured low polygon character...

213 days ago
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RON    

Who gives a flying f^%$

213 days ago
11.

dee    

Some other uneducated, gangster punk... So just because he plays a gangster in the video game that means he really is one? How do you know he is uneducated? Its called acting. So I guess people like Robert Deniro and Joe Pesci who are known for playing mafia roles are in the mafia as well?

213 days ago
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Eric in L.A.    

But he didn't tell you he got a whopping $50,000 to do the game. He is the chump. They are making millions off the game.

213 days ago
13.

NOT ELMO    

Who are these people ????????????????................

213 days ago
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billy pootons    

he couldnt be more wrong, a video game maker can find just about anybody to voice a part for very little money.... he is a perfect example

whereas a tv or movie actor can make serious $$ per episode

213 days ago
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PictureUp    

he got 50g MAYBE for playing that role and its quite doubtful he's getting any type of residual income from this.of course since the games advertised all over TMZ this idiot is prolly featured here to appease the ad buyers. i would hope hes not that desperate to hang out around the billboard bragging that its him in the game.besides the game actor's skin tone is a few shades lighter than Mr.Hood Rat Shawn.when he gets a SAG card then maybe he'll be considered a real actor instead of a corporate tool!

213 days ago
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