Here’s a translation of what the Scottish henchman says to Tom Holland’s Nathan Drake in Ruben Fleischer’s long-awaited Uncharted movie.
Warning: This post contains light spoilers for Uncharted.
Ruben Fleischer’s Uncharted movie has a Scottish henchman threatening Tom Holland’s Nathan Drake confusing both the character and a lot of the audience, but what exactly does he say? It’s been a long and arduous journey that only really felt over with the release of the first Uncharted trailer. The movie, based on the video game franchise of the same name by Naughty Dog, has been in various stages of development since the mid-2000s when the first game was released and became an instant hit. It wasn’t until Fleischer joined in early 2020 that things really got underway.
Fleischer is known for getting troubled Sony Pictures projects out of development hell, through production, and onto screens in a relatively short amount of time; he’s recently done so with Venom, Zombieland: Double Tap, and now Uncharted. However, while fans of the video games may have expected a straight adaptation, Sony’s Uncharted movie tells an origin story for young Nathan Drake, now portrayed by Holland instead of Mark Wahlberg, who was originally cast in the part in the 2010s but is now playing Sully. It absolutely does draw on the Uncharted games, and feels more like a video game movie than most adaptations because of its structure, but there’s freshness to the story too.
Uncharted introduces the world to Tom Holland’s Nathan Drake and Sully, who are wrapped up in a mission that takes them around the world against a growing group of villains, including Antonio Banderas’ nefarious millionaire. One of those villains was introduced in the Uncharted trailer’s final scene, which saw Drake come face-to-face with a Scottish henchman, played by Steven Waddington (who is billed merely as The Scotsman, but is called “Scotty” in the movie by his boss). The Scottish henchman’s accent is made a joke at several points during the movie, with his first meeting with Holland’s hero kicking off the gag as Nathan Drake can’t understand his strong Scottish accent. The villain says ” You shouldnae have come out to play with the big boys, wean, cos you’re about to get a proper Scottish welcome.” The translation is simply the kind of threat henchmen always trade it, amounting to “you’ve made a terrible mistake and you will regret it“.
Translated directly, Uncharted‘s Scottish henchman says, “You shouldn’t have come out to play with the big boys, young child/little one (“wean” generally means young child, and derives from “wee one”) because you’re about to get a proper Scottish welcome.” The scene plays off as a joke, particularly because of Nathan’s response and that it comes at the end of the Uncharted trailer, but there is some truth to it on a meta-level. Holland’s casting as Nathan was met with some backlash since game fans weren’t interested in an origin story. This comment builds on that by calling out Nathan Drake being young and, in some cases, out of his depth. A “proper Scottish welcome” plays on the idea of Caledonian characters generally being tough, though one detail suggests Scotty doesn’t come from a typically “rough” area.
Waddington’s Scottish villain appears throughout the movie, even as other villains rise and fall, and is very much presented as a formidable figure. His final line in the movie is a confusing “for Hibernian!”, almost as a battle cry. The confusing thing there, of course, is that “Hibernian” relates to the Irish, but this usage presumably relates to the soccer team Scotty supports – Hibernian FC of Edinburgh, from where he must hail. The club is seemingly very close to his heart if they occupy that significant a place in his priorities.
By that point, Tom Holland’s Nathan Drake has blossomed more into a more recognizable version of the character, even picking up the gun holster he’s known to wear in the games. This first Uncharted movie is undoubtedly an origin story in every sense, as Nathan Drake is learning from Sully and becoming accustomed to his way of life. It won’t be until Uncharted 2 (or later, if sequels are made) that Nathan Drake will morph into the character that fans are acquainted with from Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series.
- Uncharted (2022)Release date: Feb 18, 2022
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