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Glumok

Is Niko Bellic based on Zinedine Zidane ?

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Glumok

First, it's not like "wut omfg lol I discovered something big rofl". biggrin.gif

 

Some times ago, when GTA IV was being to be released,

I thought "hey, the main character looks a little bit like Zinedine Zidane".

So, I did a little search of pictures from him to make a comparison between them.

I did it for myself, but I think it could be interesting for some people. So, here is the result:

 

 

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For information, this is how Zinedine Zidane looks like in a video game (in Fifa 2009, I think) :

 

 

user posted image

 

 

 

On a side note, back from the time of GTA SA, some people thought CJ was looking like Thierry Henry.

I did some pictures for comparison too, here :

 

 

user posted image

 

 

So, knowing the main guys at Rockstar are from England, and a lot of english people are fond of football/soccer (wich I'm not),

it could make sense wink.gif

(if you are not aware, Zidane and Henry are both soccer players).

 

So, what do you guys think ? True ? False ? Choucroute ?

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Hitman843

This is Niko Bellic ! Not Zidane

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Glumok

No, this is the guy from I-don't-remember-which-action-movie.

I'm specially talking about his head, not his body and clothes. On this one, you've got a point.

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sonnyBlack

Pretty cool, but I still think Niko looks more like Sasha from Behind Enemy Lines, as Hitman's picture shows.

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[DOK]MAFIABOSS

Wow very Interesting Topic Ever inlove.gif

 

First of all I like to thanks "gorgeprofondegta4" For their Awesome Research and show how much intered in Niko Bellic inlove.gifinlove.gifinlove.gifinlove.gifinlove.gifinlove.gifinlove.gifinlove.gif

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Hitman843

Watch these videos.Vladimir Mashkov is Niko in flesh and bones

 

 

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Glumok

Yes, I was already aware of this movie and this guy. smile.gif

 

My point is about the head, not the character itself.

Of course, Niko's style and "history" makes us think of "Behind Enemy Line".

But for the head, it's not him.

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Hitman843

I was talking about the head too xD and nice avatar biggrin.gif

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Morsaw
First, it's not like "wut omfg lol I discovered something big rofl". biggrin.gif

 

Some times ago, when GTA IV was being to be released,

I thought "hey, the main character looks a little bit like Zinedine Zidane".

So, I did a little search of pictures from him to make a comparison between them.

I did it for myself, but I think it could be interesting for some people. So, here is the result:

 

 

user posted image

 

For information, this is how Zinedine Zidane looks like in a video game (in Fifa 2009, I think) :

 

 

user posted image

 

 

 

On a side note, back from the time of GTA SA, some people thought CJ was looking like Thierry Henry.

I did some pictures for comparison too, here :

 

 

user posted image

 

 

So, knowing the main guys at Rockstar are from England, and a lot of english people are fond of football/soccer (wich I'm not),

it could make sense wink.gif

(if you are not aware, Zidane and Henry are both soccer players).

 

So, what do you guys think ? True ? False ? Choucroute ?

Yeah you have a point there, maybe this could be a pattern, for every GTA we make the Protagonist have facial simularities with a French Football Player, Imagine if GTA V's main character looked like Ribery! barf8bd.gif Preferably more like Benzema No seriously though great discovery!

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TommyMufc-Champs

Nah Niko isn't based on Zidane.

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Girish

The resemblance is definitely uncanny. Apart from the chin, most of the facial features seem to match, but as has been said before, Niko's look is not based on Zidane so it might just be a coincidence.

 

Good observation, though. icon14.gif

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junkpile

You're all onto something there. But since the clothes of Sasha from BEHIND ENEMY LINES fit the most, I'd rank him as the #1 inspiration for the appearance.

The others are kind of close too, Dennis Quaid and well, the Zidane pics look somehow similar to Niko.

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Lord_Ant_Warrior

It does seem to fit. I am a massive fan of Zidane myself so I would like to believe he was the inspiration, but I reckon this may be a coincidence.

 

Although... It does explain why Niko is so good at headbutts!

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Nem_Wan

CJ is based on his voice actor Young Malay. I don't think they tried to make him look like anybody else.

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Niko's face seems to have gone through a lot more design. Vladimir Mashkov is an obvious starting point but they didn't hire him, so they couldn't actually use his likeness. Nobody's ever stepped forward and said they are the person whose face was scanned for Niko, so it's probably a creation of Rockstar's artists from multiple references.

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na89340qv0n34b09q340

I agreed, until i saw the Fifa 2009 picture.

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cidamelo

Yes he looks like Zidane!! wow.gif

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darrellmonks

That photo isnt from fifa 09, zidane was in his late 30s not late 20s when fifa 09 was released and he didnt even feature in the game.

 

Sure they look alike but niko is based off a character from "behind enemy lines".

 

And cj does look alot like thierry henry, but i love cj and i wouldnt like him to be based of such a cheating pr**k such as henry.

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Sam998

Very similar. You changed your whole avatar for this observation wow.gif? Albeit it is a pretty good observation.

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AlexGTAGamer

Nice find, they do look alike. icon14.gif

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