Tonight, October 11, 2005
OK. Moving now to the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT game
room, she`s appeared in major motion pictures. She`s graced the cover
of countless women`s magazines. And she`s modeled swimsuits in "Sports
Illustrated." Still, it all just wasn`t enough for Josie Maran.
Tonight, for her next big project, she`s
veering off in an unexpected new direction: video games. And she may
bring a more female audience along for the ride.
JOSIE MARAN, ACTRESS/COVER GIRL: Stay focused.
He`s roaring on a lot of power, so wait for him to shift first.
ANDERSON (voice-over): Josie Maran is going
from glamour to gamer. You`ve seen Josie smiling on countless magazine
covers, posing in "Sports Illustrated`s" swimsuit issues and
acting in scary movies like "Van Helsing." Now Josie is taking
her cover girl good looks into a new area, video games.
MARAN: I think they saw how bad ass I was
in "Van Helsing" being a vampire so they thought, "Merge
that together and we`ll have an amazing game."
ANDERSON: The, quote, "amazing game"
in question is "Need for Speed: Most Wanted," the latest entry
in Electronic Arts` top-selling series of high-octane street racing
MARAN: Be careful. He`ll drop paint if
he has to.
My character`s name is Mia. And I lure
street racers into being the best and becoming number one on the black
ANDERSON: Maran`s leap to racing video
games may seem radical for someone more used to runways than speedways.
But Josie tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that the high-tech project was a big
draw for her.
MARAN: Never been done before. They shot
it like a movie, like a Hollywood movie, and so we did it against a
green screen. And then they transferred that into like an animation,
digital sort of effect.
ANDERSON: Josie has some big digital shoes
to fill. The last "Need for Speed" game, which featured fellow
model Brooke Burke, was the fifth best-selling video game of last year.
Maran is hoping her "Need for Speed" will also set gamers`
MARAN: It`s pretty cool to be a part of,
like, millions of guys` worlds for the next few months every day. That`s
ANDERSON: But don`t think only guys are
invited to this race. Women make up an estimated 43 percent of video
gamers. And they play as many hours per day as guys do.
Maran tells us this game has something
for them, too.
MARAN: My character, Mia, is a strong --
she can kick butt, and she`s really smart, too. So I think that`s important.
ANDERSON: What`s also important -- Josie
says this project appeals to her inner butt-kicker...
MARAN: I got to have a fight scene. And
I got to beat some serious street racer up. You know, that was exciting.
ANDERSON: ... and her inner speed demon.
MARAN: I have a Volvo S60R. The "r"
is key. It`s a 300-horsepower rocket. And I like to drive fast.
ANDERSON: She better wear her seat belt.
"Need for Speed: Most Wanted" hits stores next month.