Pete Davidson has been cast as the voice of the Autobot Mirage in 2023 Transformers: Rise of the Beastsa very different character compared to most of Davidson’s previous roles and personality. Rise of the Beasts is strongly based on the Transformers: Beast Wars series, and will introduce many Beast Wars characters. The film is set in New York City in 1994, after 2018’s Bumblebee act as a soft reboot for the Transformers movie series.
Pete Davidson is known for his uncomplicated delivery and brutal honesty, and his whole vibe exudes one of a slacker. As a comedian, he always tries to find a way to lighten the mood and make others laugh. These traits made him famous, but he was not born rich or famous. Mirage is a walking stereotype of the rich and powerful, who see the entire Autobot and Decepticon conflict as under him. Since there’s such a gap between actor and character, this could be a sign that Davidson wants to go beyond being always”the funny manwhile his comedic skills might turn Mirage into a more lighthearted character.
How Mirage Is Different From Pete Davidson’s Usual Roles
Pete Davidson quickly rose to fame on Saturday Night Live and eventually went on to take on similar comedic roles in several films, often with his characters resembling Davidson himself – a bit of a wimp and some sort of screw-up. At the very least, they often resemble the atmosphere Davidson radiates. They don’t take themselves or the situations they find themselves in too seriously. Like his characters, Davidson didn’t start out extremely rich, but managed to succeed in New York’s extremely competitive comedy scene.
Mirage’s proud demeanor is a huge departure from these roles, and his aversion to dealing with “ordinary people” is completely at odds with Davidson’s own history. Mirage is almost the exact opposite of the roles Davidson has played before, more of a straightforward and serious man than the man who makes the jokes. He has an extremely selfish nature, thanks to his carefree and wealthy lifestyle prior to the events in Beast Wars. All he wants is to end the war so he can live a life of luxury again.
Can Transformers point out that Davidson wants to grow as an actor?
By playing such a different character, Davidson could try to expand the roles he gets. He excels at dry deliveries, which is good for more than just joking. Transformers is a wildly successful brand, which will certainly not hurt Davidson’s portfolio as he continues to find new roles. While voicing a giant robot isn’t the most serious role in the world, it can open doors and grow Davidson’s abilities in various shades for his characters.
Mirage could be brought closer to Davidson’s personal acting style, adapting the character to the actor instead. Doing so will force Mirage to stop looking down on the other Autobots, much of the original character. Most likely, director Steven Caple Jr. and his team Mirage turn into Rise of the Beasts and find a middle ground that allows Davidson to give his best while Mirage remains the selfish socialite that he is. For now, the public will have to wait until 2023 to see Pete Davidson take on his character in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
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