Glen Schofield, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games and co-director of "Call of Duty: Advance Warfighter," revealed the true story that inspired the speech given by Kevin Spacey's character in the trailer for the game, IGN reported.
The speech by the actor's character Jonathan IronS almost sums up the political and dystopian tone of the upcoming first-person shooter game.
In the game, private military companies, not governments, are now in power and Irons' Atlas Corporation is the most dominant of them all.
"Democracy? Democracy. Democracy is not what these people need," Irons said in the trailer. "Hell, it's not even what they want. America has been trying to install democracy in nations for a century and it hasn't worked one time."
"People don't want freedom," he continued. "They want boundaries, rules, protection, from invaders and from themselves. People need a leader who can give them both the support and the constraints to keep chaos at bay. You give them that, and they'll follow. And that's where I come in."
According to Schofield, he came up with the idea for the speech after hearing about the experience of his friend who lived in Iraq under Saddam Hussein's reign.
"A friend of mine - did you see the Democracy speech? People don't want this and that, they want food, support, protection? - well, a friend of mine escaped from Iraq back in 2000, before the war," he recalled.
"His family escaped from Iraq but three years prior his uncle was arrested and was going to be out to death," he added. "On Saddam Hussein's birthday, however, Saddam let him go. Saddam did that. Every year he let a few people go on his birthday."
Given a second chance to flee, Schofield's friend asked his uncle to escape with his family. However, the elderly gentleman refused to go with them.
"So they were escaping and they asked this uncle to come with them, and you know what he said? He said, 'Why would I go? Yeah, he put me in jail and maybe it was a mistake, but I've got support, I've got my life, I've got it all,'" Schofield said. "'All I need is protection and food.'"
The story made the company co-founder reflect on the condition of Iraq at that time and if democracy will truly make a significant impact on the lives of people, MStarz reported.
"So they escaped and he stayed, this guy that was previously going to be put to death," he said. "He didn't want to leave. So that incident really made me think."
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