Nintendo is releasing a new book based on the artwork of the Legend of Zelda series. It’s looking to be quite a fantastic little treat for Zelda fans. It’s not going to be just a book filled with gorgeous artwork and little else, no no. You’ll find a plethora of trivia and interviews with artists who have worked on the games.
It was discovered that some of the artists have revealed that Link’s Ocarina of Time design was based on a “world-famous Hollywood actor.” The artists in question are artists Yusuke Nakano, Satoru Takizawa, and Yoshiki Haruhana. So who could the actor be? Will it be someone outrageous?! Well… we don’t know. As the artists never actually revealed who it was.
Read below to see what they said.
So, what did you end up drawing?
NAKANO: It was this picture [top of page 157]. I created it as a design proposal for Link’s facial features, as an attempt to realize Koizumi’s desire for a “handsome, cool Link.” When it got a thumbs-up, I raised my hand and said, “OK then, I’ll do all the art just like this!”
Not just Link, you said you would do all the artwork, right?
NAKANO: That’s right.
So when you were illustrating Link, was there an inspiration for the character?
NAKANO: Yes. A rather world- famous Hollywood actor . . .
TAKIZAWA: Huh? You mean that actor?
HARUHANA: He is one good- looking guy.
NAKANO: Yeah. At that time, if you were to talk about a really good- looking actor, people immediately thought of this guy. So I recall keeping in mind the point of his nose and that strong-willed look in his eyes when I was drawing.
TAKIZAWA: Actually, I remember Koizumi saying something similar as well. When the watercolor version was being worked on, that actor’s name also came up.
NAKANO: Is that so? When I was presenting this piece, I did mention how I incorporated a little bit of that actor, but that tidbit didn’t seem to win or lose me any points. In actuality, maybe it was just an unspoken approval of how I “got it” back then.
It’s frustrating how we’ve been left without any context on who this actor was! Was it Leo? Keanu? Wait… I’ve got it. I can’t believe nobody has noticed, it’s very simple. It was in front of my face this entire time!
Ladies and gentlemen, the person behind the design of Link from Ocarina of Time is none other than…
The gaze, the nose, the popular Hollywood Actor is none other than Danny Devito as the Penguin from Batman Returns! You’re welcome.
Okay, maybe not. But still, they never told us! Who on earth could be the actor? Who do you think it was?