God of War Ragnarok is now in the hands of players, and sooner or later they'll get to meet the All-Father himself. As we knew before release, Odin shows his face in this epic sequel, and he's played by American actor Richard Schiff. Most famous for his role as Toby Ziegler in The West Wing, casting the performer in Ragnarok wasn't easy — but his son played a big part in making it happen.
In an interview with Game Informer, director Eric Williams speaks about the team's struggle to find the right Odin, imagining that getting Richard Schiff was a pipe dream. "We didn’t think he would even take the call. He doesn't care about video games," Williams says, recalling the team eventually decided to give him a call to see what would happen. "So Richard is in the car with his son, who's a big God of War fan, and he asked his son, 'Do you know what this God of War thing is?' And his son was like, 'Just say yes. It doesn't matter what it is, just say yes.'"
Schiff's son, Gus, then went and wrote down a summary of the previous game for the actor, to give him some reference of what he'd be getting into if he took the gig. When he then met with Williams at Santa Monica Studio, he agreed to play Odin.