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Deus Ex: Human Revolution - did they really think we wouldn't notice this?

This man has a secret. A double identity. To most, he is known as Jonathan Jacques-Belletete, talented and successful Art Director of Deus Ex: Human Revolution at Eidos Montreal. But when he takes off his glasses, he magically transforms into Adam Jensen, lead character in the very same game. It's a fiendishly clever disguise that he used to augment with this beanie hat. But we've since seen the truth...


Above: This still from an interview held last October shows how a hat and glasses DO work as a disguise

Now that Deus Ex: Human Revolution is nearly finished, he's ditched the hat, allowing us to see what's really going on:


Above: Did he really think we wouldn't notice? He's even sitting the same!

In a much more recent interview, Jonathan sat right next to a poster of the new game's protagonist, Adam Jensen. Did he design the lead character to look like himself? Or is it just that people's dogs look like their owners? Just in case you were left in any doubt as to how close the resmblance is, I've used Photoshop to remove his glasses, leaving the rest untouched. Look at this:


Above: See? With the glasses gone he looks exactly like the man in the game. Spooky, huh?

Not that we're complaining, of course. It's a good look. And I can totally understand the thinking behind it. I did once consider styling my hair like Ryo Hazuki but, tellingly, I didn't go through with it. You've got to know when to stop.

04 Feb, 2011

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24 comments

  • joshduhman123 - February 6, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    lolz nice one, i was like "WOW! it does look like him" then i was like "aw"
  • mrmorozov987 - February 5, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    This is like the Twilight Zone, man.
  • Crimmy - February 5, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    @ rabidpotatochip yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
  • marioman50 - February 5, 2011 2:22 a.m.

    lol, love this! Definitely doing this if I ever become an art director.
  • Letter11 - February 4, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    @Redeater He must be new or incapable of getting a joke, one of the two. Or both. Funny stuff man I was thinking the same thing when I saw him talk about the game the other day.
  • Redeater - February 4, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    @gmopop Are you new to gamesradar? I think you are mistaking humour for "pettiness". I would suggest you take a good long look in the mirror before you start accusing people of being jealous. ....I'm guessing there is a strong possibility you share the aforementioned haircut? :)
  • gmopop - February 4, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    Wow. Author. Petty much? You come off as jealous upset. This is nothing new. Maybe you should throw a hissy fit about Bill Watterson styling Calvin's Dad in his own image? It's one thing to notice the likeness. But to even try to suggest that it's wrong, methinks you're a bit too sheltered to be writing these articles
  • Gameguy94 - February 4, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    Very lolz worthy.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - February 4, 2011 8:15 p.m.

    Oh, and I agree-you do need to know where to stop. I sport a DMC3 Dante hairstyle at the moment and secretly want to dye it white, but that would be way pushing it.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - February 4, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    That's hilarious! I don't blame him, though. As a kid, I've always wanted to be a video game designer and model the protagonist after myself. I think that anyone who conceptualizes a character puts a lot of themselves into the character (even if it's something that isn't physical, like their motives/personality/through processes). I'd hate to be a dick, but it's a shame that he's not exactly... the coolest looking guy, if you know what I mean....
  • 8bitBaby - February 4, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    pfft! that happens all the time with artist. we put ourselves in everything we make. consciously and unconsciously. it's hardly ever an ego thing. and like what he has going on there, we sometimes make the characters look like how we wished we looked. because Adam Jensen is a more... hollywood version of JJB.
  • G0D - February 4, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    MY GOD
  • Woodsey - February 4, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure the guy said Jensen was based off of him in an interview months ago.
  • freakyfro99 - February 4, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    Their offices are right next door to mine. Oh how I would love to just wander in there and investigate
  • Robx - February 4, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Dramatic Chipmunk.mov
  • RicePuddingUK - February 4, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    It's not unusual, The original Max Payne was modelled on the games writer Sam Lake, U.S soldiers in MW2 are modelled after the developers etc
  • rabidpotatochip - February 4, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    Come to think of it, it probably wouldn't be much of a stretch to make him look like Gordon Freeman either.
  • JohnnyMaverik - February 4, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    PCG officially confirmed this in an interview a while back: http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/06/16/interview-the-art-of-deus-ex-human-revolution/ Nice spot all the same though...
  • quincytheodore - February 4, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    I'd like to think that Raiden or maybe Dante (not the emo one) is based on me.. I emailed the dev, they didn't get back at me... :(
  • Xobi - February 4, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    HAHAHAHA great article

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