Cyberpunk 2077 has its fair share of celebrity involvement, with Keanu Reeves portraying major character Johnny Silverhand, Idris Elba playing tortured ex-special agent Solomon Reed in the upcoming Phantom Liberty DLC and Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s girlfriend Grimes doing the voice-acting for the cybernetic pop-singer, Lizzy Wizzy. Whether it was because Elon didn’t want Grimes to be the only one digitally immortalized in CDPR’s futuristic action-adventure RPG or because he was jealous that Grimes’ Lizzy Wizzy was a romantic option for players, apparently Musk became “obsessed” with the game — so much so that he showed up at the CDPR developmental studio with a gun while Grimes was recording her lines.
According to Walter Isaacon’s upcoming biography for the richest man in the world (which will be entitled simply “Elon Musk”), Musk “showed up at the studio wielding a two-hundred-year-old gun.”
Musk “showed up at the studio wielding a two-hundred-year-old gun.”
“The studio guys were like sweating,” Grimes told Isaacson in an interview for the biography. It’s inferred that the “two-hundred-year-old gun” to which Isaacon refers is a replica flintlock pistol that Musk keeps at bedside and has flexed on his Twitter account before.
Despite the intimidating appearance of the gun and the very nature of bringing a gun into a video game studio in the first place, Musk explained to Isaacon, “I was armored but not dangerous.”
Isaacon wrote that the developers eventually “relented” and though Musk doesn’t have a major part in Cyberpunk 2077, it’s fairly noticeable (though not confirmed by CDPR) that Musk appears in the game as a bathroom attendant from the game’s Corpo introduction, seen below.
Isaacon postulates that Musk’s obsession with Cyberpunk 2077 stemmed not from Grimes’ work in the game but rather from an affinity for the subject matter in the game, with the game’s prevalence of cybernetic implants closely resembling the work with Musk’s brain-implant startup Neuralink.
Grimes further elaborated on the situation where Elon Musk demanded an appearance in Cyberpunk 2077 from the CDPR devs with a gun to Isaacon, specifying that Musk can oftentimes have trouble “reading the room” and struggles with “emotional comprehension” because he has Asperger’s.
“If someone has depression or anxiety, we sympathize. But if they have Asperger’s we say he’s an asshole,” Grimes told
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