Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Dre Anthony

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Title: Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Dre Anthony
Interviewer: Kelly M
Interviewee: Dre Anthony
Date(s): March 13, 2014
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Tomb Raider
External Links: In the Spotlight: Dre Anthony – The Archaeology of Tomb Raider, Archived version
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Contents

Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Dre Anthony was conducted in 2014.

Some Excerpts

Do you run a Tomb Raider fansite or blog? If so, what would you say was your biggest achievement to date?

I’m the webmaster of TombRaiding.com. I would say that my biggest achievement so far, is being able to bring new and original content to the Tomb Raider community.I still have so many questions for the people who bring Lara’s world to life, and I was really interested in the actors who delivered amazing performances in the new reboot. Nobody was interviewing them, nobody was asking questions, and that’s where I found an opportunity to ask them myself. I’m so inquisitive, and so I just figured that I’d conduct online Q&A’s myself. As a super-fan, I really hope that I adequately represent TR‘s fandom when I conduct my interviews.

How has Tomb Raider changed your life?

As I’ve mentioned before, Lara has had a huge influence on my life in so many ways. She has so many traits that so many people can relate to. She sees what she wants, and she goes and gets it. She’s courageous, persistent, straight-forward, passionate, adventurous, protective of her loved ones, strong, intelligent, ambitious, worldly, a complete-badass and so much more!I think Lara Croft is a great role model.

I grew up with Lara, every step of the way. We were both born the same year, I went to both TR movie premieres, I collected all of her action figures and I was captivated by her iconic aesthetic as a child. I even pretended to wield dual-pistols with pajama bottoms for hair as a kid! I had my mother braid my blue flannel Rugrat PJ pants and I would jump around the house! I wanted to be her. I guess that was my way of cosplaying Lara Croft at age 6, ha ha. I was surrounded by Tomb Raider growing up and it was the best environment that I could have ever hoped for! It made for a very happy childhood.

What are your thoughts on Lara’s image? Is she simply the product of a sexist gaming industry or can she be seen as a positive role model?

Of course she can be seen as a positive role model! There’s so much more to her than her pointy boobs and her ass! I think Crystal Dynamics did an amazing job with reimagining Lara as a character in this new iteration of Tomb Raider.

I like the fact that Lara’s sex appeal wasn’t exaggerated or a focus in the reboot. They brought her down to real dimensions, and honestly, I think this is the best she’s ever been! She’s still gorgeous, she’s still sexy, and she’s still a badass!