Roleplaying Game Movie Night #26: Vain elämää

I and some friends have a project of trying to watch all movies, tv episodes and other stuff with moving pictures related to roleplaying games ever made. We’re pretty far along on this goal. I’ll write here about old and new things we’ve found and watched.

(Apulanta singer Toni Wirtanen reflects on his episode in Vain elämää.)

Vain elämää is an extremely successful Finnish tv show in which famous singers perform versions of each other’s songs. Each season, there’s a group of artists, and each episode is built around one of them. In the middle of the episode, the artist leads the others in a fun activity.

In episode 5 of season 7, the featured artist is Toni Wirtanen of the band Apulanta. His fun activity of choice is larp, so he leads the other artists in a short mini-larp where he portrays an evil wizard and they his followers and enemies.

This was fun to watch. The approach to larp was cheerfully positive, and it was funny to see pop stars like Sanni or Jari Sillanpää get their larp on. Kaija Koo, who’s from an older generation of Finnish entertainers, really distinguished herself by jumping right into it, improvising pretty convincing fantasy jargon.

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