Adam Jensen voice actor says he originally played Far Cry 3 protagonist

Elias Toufexis says he spent two years recording for Jason Brody, before Ubisoft replaced him because he reportedly sounded too similar to Adam Jensen.

Actor Elias Toufexis, who voiced Adam Jensen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, has claimed that he spent two years doing voicework for Far Cry 3 lead Jason Brody before Ubisoft replaced him because his performance sounded too similar to Adam Jensen.

"In fact, I shouldn't say this, but there's a game called Far Cry 3, which I'm sure you guys know, where I had played Jason Brody," Toufexis said during the MCM Comic Con today as reported by Xbox 360 Achievements. "I played him for two years, did the voice; and when Deus Ex came out they replaced me because they were nervous that … 'we don't want people playing this game and thinking of another game.'"

Gianpaolo Venuta is officially credited with playing Jason Brody in Far Cry 3. An Ubisoft representative was not immediately available to comment.

"It's justifiable. It's understandable, but my normal voice is what I used for that character too," Toufexis added. "So now it's like I'm losing work because Jensen is so popular."

Far Cry 3 was released on consoles and PC in December 2012. Ubisoft senior vice president of marketing and sales Tony Key said that the commercial and critical success of Far Cry 3 has ensured a sequel. A follow-up to Deus Ex: Human Revolution for next-generation consoles is also in development.

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63 comments
RED564
RED564

The problem is that Elias Toufexis got fired of Far Cry 3 is because of not of Adam Jensen. Its Because he is the group of voice actors who use the same voice for all types of roles that they give him. If just Elias changed his voice not sound the same i can say he maybe should had stayed. Elias is a cool guy but he has to change his voice he sounds like amateur if he just uses his same voice over and over again. I think for Adam Jensen they needed another actor for the role becuase it sound like if Adam was like trying to act a total badass

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

The change is good. Jason Brody is a different character when he sounds like a monotone, jaded ruff mcgruff guy.

themc_7
themc_7

that's unfortunate for him. I'm sure he was still paid. I guess the voice acting doesn't really bother me. Booker Dewitt from Bioshock is the same voice actor as the lead character from Saints Row 3 & 4. It doesn't bother me. I personally didn't really like the voice of Adam Jensen in DeusEx sounded like he was trying to hard to be deep and cool (like Christian Bale's Batman voice). I'm glad they went with Gianpaolo Venuta he played Brody well. Adam Jensen would've have fit the character imo

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Which is why VAs who know how to do their job properly will consistently change their tone and way of speaking per role, instead of using their normal voice like a freaking amateur.

Dguy103
Dguy103

I never asked for this

bernard978
bernard978

The definition of insanity, I never asked for this.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Toufexis is a one in a million VA, he should be utilized as much as people can persuade him. It does make sense that many characters just don't fit a voice, but if they ever thought it would work, then at some point his voice fit the character. Sounds a whole lot like Ubi being paranoid, as they're wont to do.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I wonder how many other times someone has been let go of their role because they sounded too familiar to another character they voiced? This would be one scenario I could justify suing for, but it appears he got paid.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Well, at least he got payed.

NTM23
NTM23

Oh well. It wouldn't have really fit anyways, and Jason Brody's a terrible character too.

Scarshi
Scarshi

Obviously no one told him the definition of insanity ...

Toadamus
Toadamus

I wouldn't have mind if it was him reminding me of adam jensen  it is a good thing,and i hope they make another deus ex with adamn jensen once more .

ziproy
ziproy

Well they paid for it. Adam Jensen had a great voice, as memoriable as Snake or Same Fischer (both of which have been recast by their ignorant developers).

Glad they went with a generic college student moron voice, definitely had a lot of depth. I hated the good characters you have to save in Far Cry, it was as if they went to a College Campus, found the most obnoxious people they could, and put them in a game.

Tommy7600
Tommy7600

It took them 2 years to record 10 lines of dialog?

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

And yet Ubisoft had no problem using Nolan North, who sounds about the same in EVERYTHING. (To my knowledge, anyway.)

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

I always wondered why Brody had such a terrible voice actor.  Guess they had to replace Toufexis very quickly.

adrianjarca
adrianjarca

Toufexis is such a swell guy, but I can imagine him punching himself in the mirror shouting "Damn you Jensen, damn you". Especially since he claims he forgot almost everything he did for Deus Ex by the time the game was released.


Also, this news is one year old.

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

i hated jason brody anyway...worst protagonist ever.

enderx
enderx

At first, I didn't really like Adam Jensen's voice, but he grew on me. Honestly, I can't imagine Adam Jensen being voiced by anyone else. At least the voice was really unique, too. Just like Solid Snake.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Well that clearly didn't stop the guys who made I Am Alive.

I had to do a double take.  I thought Jensen was doing a cameo in my game.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

The whispy, breathless, millenial main character was by a mile the weakest and most immersion-breaking part of the game.  He conveyed a guy who couldn't negotiate non-Velcro shoe laces, much less be any kind of revolutionary demi-god.

This dude actually made me celebrate any time I was mauled by a tiger.

2Black2Strong
2Black2Strong

No one cared about the protagonist, it was all about the antagonist in this game.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

Jules Merit's voice actor Michael Wincott from Syndicate deserves as much attention as Elias Toufexis in the industry.

Renegade__angel
Renegade__angel

But Nolan North does every game ever. And so does Troy Baker. They do good work. I don't mind hearing Joel sound very similar to Booker DeWit

focuspuller
focuspuller

You can find the voice of Elias Toufexis featured across the Splinter Cell game series playing a character named Kobin. He is also featured in the new Indie game Contrast.

tandukbadak
tandukbadak

I wonder why did Ubisof had the plan for having Brody a badass voice like Adam Jensen. Brody obviously different from other Far Cry main character which is a war veteran and a mercenary.

tandukbadak
tandukbadak

It's unfortunate for him, but I think Ubisoft did the right thing.

I remember the first time I heard Nolan North's voice on Prince of Persia (2008), and I just like "Ha! Francis Drake's ancestor."

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

As long as he got paid for his 2 years of voice work. 

DoomSky
DoomSky

"It's justifiable. It's understandable, but my normal voice is what I used for that character too," 

...

"It's understandable but my normal voice is what I used."

"NORMAL VOICE"

Am I reading this wrong or is he implying the voice he used for Adam Jensen is his normal voice? Cos that's badass. 

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

I guess one could say *puts on sunglasses*, he never asked for this.

themc_7
themc_7

@Bellum_Sacrum exactly Troy Baker played Booker Dewitt from Bioshock and most recently Joker in Batman Arkham origins...guys got a wide range!

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

@enderx Actually, I thought he was voiced by Timothy Olyphant until I googled it and discovered otherwise. He sounds very similar to Tim in Deadwood.

okassar
okassar

@BravoOneActual Yep, which sucks because it's a great game and I'm just having a hard time finding the motivation to get back and finish it. 

hastati4
hastati4

@Renegade__angel First time I really noticed him was Snow in FF13. But he's definitely Joel to me now. Love his work.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@SteamyPotatoes Best part was imagining a potato putting on sunglasses and the sunglasses falling off over and over because they have no ears.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@okassar Well, if by finish you mean get 100% completion. I beat it, but I want to try for 100% and I am having a hard time getting back to it not only because I'm not sure how much I would enjoy it, but also because there's way too many other games to play.