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18-11-2015, 07:07 AM #1
Movie/TV actors wearing their own faces in video games?
Hey all. This probably isn't PC-specific, so please feel free to move it to the "other lesser formats" forum if you see fit, but here goes:
So we've seen Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. And a long time ago, I remember seeing Jean Reno in Onimusha 3.
But I'm drawing a blank as to any other sightings, and I'm curious as to who was the first "video game movie actor". Not just "actor who goes into voice acting", but rather, "actor who voices a character specifically designed to look like the actor". (Essentially, eschewing the taken-for-granted video game freedom of having people voice whoever you want, and actually "putting the actor into the game" as it were.)
So I figured I'd ask my fellow widely-travelled RPSers. Are there other examples? Were they any good? Was Onimusha the first? Is this a lot more common than I think?
18-11-2015, 07:32 AM #2
By definition, the first would almost certainly be adapted works (e.g. Star Trek games, Shatner's character looks like Shatner because he is played by Shatner in the show). As far as original works, I'm not sure what the first is, but David Bowie in Omikron/The Nomad Soul (1999) is at least earlier than the two you mention.
18-11-2015, 08:17 AM #3
18-11-2015, 08:35 AM #4
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There's only one:
18-11-2015, 09:43 AM #5
LA Noir has most of "Mad Men" cast in it (with some of the best facial animation done in video games).
Miranda from Mass effect looks like yvonne strahovski who does the voice acting.
18-11-2015, 10:28 AM #6
Wasn't there an actual real life actor in Saints Row: The Third?Want to add me on Steam? Steam name: Mr. Gert
Guild Wars 2 characters: Norgothus (Norn Necromancer), Maggrivo (Charr Warrior)
18-11-2015, 11:09 AM #7
EDIT: Now that I think of it, Mass Effect did often transplant actor's faces into the models. Admiral Anderson does look quite a bit like Keith David, and Seth Green does look quite a lot like \ Joker.
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18-11-2015, 12:46 PM #10
Absolutely everyone in Until Dawn wears their own face with Peter Stormare and Rami Malek probably being the most recognizable.
Beyond Two Souls has both Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.
For non-tv people but people who are on game web shows there's Jessica Chobot from IGN in Mass Effect, who looks totally out of place in the game for some reason, probably however they modelled her.
Dan Ryckert from Giant Bomb and formerly of Game Informer in both Infamous Second Son and LA Noire. He ended up in them while doing coverage of how they do facial capture.
18-11-2015, 01:05 PM #11
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18-11-2015, 01:14 PM #12
Not the first one either, but I always was amused by the fact that Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, 24) was the protagonist of Boiling Point: Road to Hell. The sequel, White Gold, was severely diminished by resorting back to a generic, scruffy-looking white guy.
18-11-2015, 03:57 PM #13
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As for Sasha Grey as Viola DeWynter, while the in-game model is more a generic white woman with black hair, the promotional render looks very much like her.
But it is hard to say. A producer at Volition has spoke out in the past saying that they weren't happy with how THQ pushed the porn star angle for both SR2 and SR3, and that the dev team wasn't happy that Tera Patrick was given "special producer" credit on SR2. I've read, but don't know if it is true, that similar sentiments were behind Viola's absence in Saints Row 4.
20-11-2015, 11:50 AM #14
I know I met Aisha Tyler in Watch_Dogs. Not really sure why she was in that game though... She was just there as some random pedestrian...
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20-11-2015, 05:13 PM #18
Chow Yun-Fat reprised his role as Tequila in Stranglehold, an actual sequel to John Woo's Hard Boiled.
Enter the Matrix featured pretty much the whole cast, but I couldn't say how much of it was simply archive footage.
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20-11-2015, 08:38 PM #20
Well Gary Oldman has recently appeared in the Star Citizen trailer. They've pretty much used his face too.