Perhaps you’ve watched TV or played games and noted that a specific character closely resembles that of a real-life person, including anything from appearance to mannerisms.
Filmmakers also release autobiographical movies about the (alive or deceased) person in question, giving the audience a glimpse into their lives other than the big-screen fame.
It is usually done to pay homage and respect to that particular person(s), making their legacy live on digitally. That said, gaming (and technology) has grown massively in popularity over the decades – going from the minuscule VCD to ultra-realistic high-definition 8K resolution.
Gumtree lists a couple of characters in video games that are actually based on real-life people:
Mike Tyson – Balrog
Everybody knows who ‘Iron Mike’ is – albeit for a couple of different reasons. One is for his boxing prowess and biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear. He is considered one of the sport’s greats, leading to him being based on the boxer known as Balrog in the popular Street Fighter arcade game(s). The original version of Punch-Out was called Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out and featured Tyson as one of the most difficult final bosses in video game history.
Bruce Lee – Rock Lee/Law
Bruce Lee was renowned for his often supernatural martial arts ability and for paving the way for Kung-Fu on the big screen worldwide. His unique movement and vocals when fighting have become a signature trait, becoming a basis for a range of fictional characters like Rock Lee in the Naruto anime, Marshal Law and Dragon in the Tekken and World Heroes fighting video games, respectively. In addition, Bruce Lee’s full yellow jumpsuit and Game of Death fighting stages have also been used in movies as well.
Steven Seagal – Douglas
Not only is he a well-known actor, but he also has his own show (Steven Seagal: Lawman) and signature character in an arcade fighting game called Kensei: Sacred Fist as Douglas. In the game, his character has spent years trying to hunt down a global crime syndicate and avenge the death of his police partner. As is the case with Bruce Lee’s signature fighting movement, Seagal’s video game counterpart also adopts its own attire, stance, and even narrow-shaped eyes.
Bill Rizer and Lance Bean – Contra
Who are two of the most iconic action stars ever to grace the big screen? Whoever you might be thinking of, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone must surely have been included in those choices. In the Contra video game series, the character Lance Bean is modeled after Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II, where the game takes place in a jungle similar to the movie. The other Contra character, Bill Rizer, is modeled after Arnold Schwarzenegger from the 1985 movie, Commando.
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