The evolution of video games has come a long way over the years. With everything from Atari to virtual reality, we've seen games become more and more lifelike. New technology called motion capture allows actors and actresses to perform the written script just as they would like in actual film. And because of their performances, their characters are modeled after them. Here are ten video game characters modeled after famous celebrities.
Willem Dafoe as Nathan Dawkins in 'Beyond: Two Souls'
Andy Serkis as King Bohan in 'Heavenly Sword'
According to Serkis, motion capture allows actors to put more soul into their character and performance. Instead of sitting at a microphone, reading lines in a studio, these actors are able to get a better feel for the character. With more video game characters modeled after famous celebrities, Serkis portrays King Bohan with the same vigorous creativity as his other acting roles like Gollum in Lord of the Rings.
Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider'
Johnny Knoxville as Nathan Drake in 'Uncharted'
One of the most intriguing video game characters modeled after famous celebrities comes from the Uncharted series. It may seem like a stretch to picture Jackass star Johnny Knoxville as a modern Indiana Jones type of character, but game creators modeled Nathan Drake after Knoxville. Ultimately, the character of Drake's appearance was slightly changed to seem more athletic than the thin, frail Knoxville.
Jean-Claude Van Damme as Johnny Cage in 'Mortal Kombat'
Mike Tyson as Balrog in Street Fighter
This classic fighting game is one of the oldest to feature video game characters modeled after famous celebrities. In America, the boxing character was named Balrog. But in the Japanese version, the boxing character was named Mike Byson. Along with the almost identical name, Byson's appearance also resembles Tyson's demeanor and physique.
Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes in 'Beyond: Two Souls'
Beyond: Two Souls features more video game characters modeled after famous celebrities. The character Jodie Holmes was modeled entirely on actress Ellen Page. She acted out multiple scenes with Dafoe with camera attachments to give a more realistic feeling and capture her facial expressions. Page was also the inspiration for Ellie in the game The Last of Us, but the actress was not involved. She later accused the developers of The Last of Us for ripping off her likeness. Oh well. At least The Last of Us turned out to be one of the best PlayStation 4 adventure games to play.
Teddy Roosevelt as Dr. Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog
When Sonic was first introduced by Sega in 1991, one of the earliest designs of the villain, Dr. Eggman or Dr. Robotnik, was of former U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt in pajamas. From his long, bushy mustache, round glasses and rotund physique, the character of Dr. Eggman bears a striking, if not exaggerated resemblance of Roosevelt. The connection with the former President helped with sales in America.