Taron Egerton explains how Hollywood transformed the origins of Tetris into a Cold War thriller

Taron Egerton as Henk Rogers in tetris. (Photo: © Apple TV+ / Courtesy Everett Collection)

No, the new movie tetris is not a live-action CGI adventure filmed by Taron Egerton on a green screen as he ran around dodging imaginary falling colorful rocks. It wouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise if that were the case: in the next two weeks we’ll be seeing film adaptations of two of the other most popular video games of all time, dungeons And Super Mario Bros.while The last of us just played at big raves on HBO.

“That’s what I’ll do next,” says Egerton, 33, in a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment. “But yes, the film is called tetrisand it’s in big, bold type, so I can see why people think it’s more of a traditional video game movie.

But the most surprising thing about the tetris Movie Egerton has how exciting it was made as an origin story after the addictive strategy game with the distinctive theme song became so popular in the first place.

“It’s a Cold War thriller,” posits Egerton (Rocketman, sing) from tetriswhich was written by Noah Pink (genius), directed by Jon S. Baird (dirt) and produced by the actor king man Director Matthew Vaughn.

Egerton plays Henk Rogers, the Dutch-born video game designer and entrepreneur who risked his career, his livelihood, his freedom – maybe even his life – to negotiate with authorities in Soviet Russia over the rights to the world’s future blockfall obsession by the end of the 1980s.

“I knew the game. I played it a bit when I was young but I didn’t know the story,” says the Welsh actor. “To be honest, I couldn’t believe nobody had made a movie out of it yet. And that seemed like a really good reason to do the film. Matthew sent me the script during the first lockdown and I found it a very compulsive read. And I really liked the character of Henk in the center. Just that kind of puppy-like, charismatic, persistent person. So I signed up to ride.”

It is indeed a ride. In the film, Rogers goes up against the KGB, Russian dignitaries and rival software and media companies – there’s espionage, double and triple crossing, blackmail and threats against his wife and children – in an attempt to strike a soon-to-be lucrative deal for Nintendo – to start the Game Boy portable console. Rogers also develops a poignant relationship with Alexey Pagitnov (Nikita Yefremov), the original creator of Tetris.

TETRIS, from left: Taron Egerton as Henk Rogers, Sofya Lebedeva, Nikita Efremov as Alexey Pajitnov, 2023. © Apple TV+ / Courtesy Everett Collection

Taron Egerton as Henk Rogers, Sofya Lebedeva as Sasha, Nikita Efremov as Alexey Pajitnov in tetris (Photo: © Apple TV+ / Courtesy Everett Collection)

When asked how much of what is depicted actually happened, Egerton does not hesitate.

“Pretty much everything apart from a [car] Hunting in the end, it really all happened,” he says. “And [with] The sense of danger and danger at that time, being behind the Iron Curtain just before the Berlin Wall came down and what was happening on the other side of the block at the time, I think it was a dangerous place. So really everything.”

Rogers is constantly on the alert – feisty, brave, very often desperate – which Egerton described as an actor, especially in his earliest days as a professional.

“I think all the actors I’ve talked to feel like it’s a real rush at first,” he says. “That time for me, when I first left drama school, I remember feeling like a rush. But I was lucky. I got that king man roll very early. I remember auditioning for Matthew and that meant I had a little bit of an easier time from there because it was a great presentation.

“But that’s what I liked about Henk. I like the fact that he’s one of those people that just keeps getting better no matter how many times you knock him down. We love people like that.”

tetris Premieres Friday, March 31 on Apple TV+.

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