As if fans of the warfare-based video game Call of Duty didn’t have enough excitement brewing over the release of its newest edition, Infinite Warfare, a familiar face in the game’s trailer ups the star power ante.
The most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps, appears in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s new, live-action trailer released via social media today. The intense advertisement features a variety of battle scenes and pits Phelps in a power plant with Vice Principals actor Danny McBride. Catch the entire clip in the tweet below, complete with a Phelps ‘pre-battle arm slap’.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) October 25, 2016
Phelps is an admitted avid Call of Duty player, often citing the video game as a means to unwind and let his mind float to non-swimming-related thoughts to help pass the taper time.
“I do love the game and I have spent a bunch of hours playing it, especially during training camps and whenever we travel,” Phelps recently told Entertainment Weekly. “So, there’s definitely a good, little friendly competition between the teammates and it definitely takes our mind off competing when we’re traveling and it helps us relax a lot.”
Tim Ellis, Activision’s chief marketing officer, called Phelps “a great sport” for “taking a lot of trash talk from Danny.” (EW)
“The fact that Phelps is such a revered and decorated athlete, that just added to the humor of the scene. We had a ton of fun shooting those scenes, and Michael was able to dish back to McBride in his own style too.”
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is set to be released on November 4th.