I recently got the chance to talk to Elias Toufexis about his leading role in the newest instalment of the ‘Deus Ex’ franchise. Here, Elias talks about everything ‘Deus Ex’ and his thoughts on the finished game…
Hey Elias – thanks for taking the time out to talk to me. ‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’ is finally out in gaming stores right now.
For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to play it yet, what’s the general plotline? I understand it’s a prequel to the original?
Yeah. It takes place 25 years before the original ‘Deus Ex’ game. The plotline is complicated to explain. Basically you play Adam Jensen and you try to reveal a massive conspiracy in the world of human augmentations. It’s got a great unraveling story.
Have you had a chance to play it yet? What do you think of the current reception towards the game?
I have had the chance to play it and I loved it. Really I did. The story, gameplay and characters are just so involving. I’m also ecstatic that the game is getting such great reviews. I was expecting the game to be well received but I wasn’t expecting this universal praise. It’s great.
Tell us a bit about your character – you play the main lead Adam Jensen….
He’s a security specialist whose company is attacked. He nearly dies, gets rebuilt with augmentations and you go about trying to figure out who is responsible for all of it. He’s a tough and rough character but, if you make the right choices, you can see many sides of him.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
Just your basic acting audition. Didn’t know anything about it going in. I knew it was a video game and the character was described as a ‘young Clint Eastwood” type.
When you stepped onboard the project – did you play the other two games beforehand as like, background research? What did you think of them?
I had previously played the original but I never played the 2nd one. I still haven’t. After I got the job I went back and played the original again. It’s still great fun. I used to love all of those ‘choose your own adventure’ type of PC games. You know, ‘Deus Ex’, ‘Wing Commander’ etc..
What was the production of the game like for you? Was it in a sound booth or with this new motion capture software most gaming companies are now using?
It was done with both. Since Adam is a character mostly viewed in ‘first person’ – most of his stuff was done in a sound booth. Video games though are definitely leaning toward full performance capture.
Do you think there could ever be a ‘Deus Ex’ movie adaptation, and if so – what are you feelings about such an idea?
They make movies out of everything so there definitely could be. I think that a ‘Deus Ex’ adaptation would be tricky without the player choice but it could be done. I’d definitely want to be involved in some way.
Let’s talk a bit about you Elias – what made you want to get into acting and voice-over in the first place?
I can’t remember a time where I didn’t want to be an actor in some form. In terms of voice-over acting it’s simply another aspect of work for me. I love voice work as much as I love film work. Acting is acting.
Which actors and voice-over artists have inspired you as a person?
This question could take hours to answer for me. Off the top of my head? Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Don Cheadle, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine, Christian Bale…I could go on and on…
You’ve been in a bunch of games and TV series’ – who has been your favourite actor to work with so far and which has been your favourite project to be a part of?
Another impossible question to answer. Actors that I’ve learned from the most would be Jon Voight, Michael Imperioli and Michael Ironside. Favourite projects? I think it would be more like favourite characters. Adam Jensen from ‘Deus Ex’. Webber from ‘Supernatural’ and Kobin from ‘Splinter Cell: Conviction’ come to mind first.
If you could invite three historical guests to dinner – who would they be?
What is with these questions that I could answer forever? Haha. Lawrence Olivier, Ghandi and General Patton.
What’s coming up for you in 2011?
A few video games that I can’t talk about. A radio show that I can’t talk about. A movie I’m shooting now that I can’t talk about….and hopefully more things I can’t talk about.
Any message for the fans?
Thanks for supporting my work and for the undying support of ‘Deus Ex’. Let’s hope there’s a sequel! Let’s hope it stars Adam Jensen! Let’s hope I get paid more!
Thanks for the interview!