Al Coronel on Character Modeling for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War [Exclusive Interview]

Al Coronel
Al Coronel (R) stars in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Al Coronel never thought his former military service experience would ever transform into his new occupation in the entertainment industry.

When he received the call for a job in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, he immediately jumped on the opportunity. He had the build and experience to fit perfectly as one of the characters in the video game franchise.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is the next installment of the first-person shooter video game series from Treyarch. As the sixth installment in the Black Ops series and the seventeenth installment of the Call of Duty series, this new video game is set in the early 1980s of the Cold War.

Its solo player campaign follows CIA officer Russell Adler as he pursues a known Soviet spy named Perseus. Perseus intends to subvert the United States and tilt the balance of power towards the Soviet Union with some nefarious plot. With an experienced season spy, Adler’s small group investigates clues to uncover the world-changing plot, but something else simmers in the shadows of their group.

Also, the game is known for its multiplayer gaming capabilities. This latest installment has more extensive customization, new map dynamics, and elements. Not to mention, it has the extremely popular “zombie” combat mode.

Coronel did some character modeling for a multiplayer character named DGI Mendo Garcia. He is a Cuban ex-pat and an assassin for hire. The seasoned actor and former veteran modeled for his likeness, combat wear, and combat movements involving martial arts, gunplay, and knife combat skills.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Interview with Al Coronel for TNT’s The Last Ship

LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with Al Coronel on his experience working in this best-selling video game of 2020. He spoke about leveraging his military experience into modeling, facial scanning, and his love for playing Call of Duty.

Besides his military career, Al Coronel was a world-recognized dancer in the world of Salsa—teaching lessons at Salsa festivals and events around the world. His first film role was in Johnny Depp’s Blow as a salsa dancer. He completed a two-year master’s program at The Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts. Later, he performed in several theater plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, and the musical Cesar & Ruben. He has a slate of TV and movie roles, including TNT’s The Last Ship, CW’s Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Logan, and FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is now available for the PS5, PS4, Xbox X, Xbox One, and PC today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Al Coronel below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Treyarch

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