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Posted on March 02, 2012 by Oscar Gonzalez

Rockstar Games producer and voice of the Grand Theft Auto series, Lazlow Jones, paid a visit to his friends at the Opie and Anthony Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio to talk about his latest travels, some politics, the death of comedian Patrice O’ Neal, and how a trip to São Paulo, Brazil for Max Payne 3 was one of his craziest adventures. 

What’s a producer of Max Payne 3 doing in São Paulo? Adding an extra layer of realism by recording São Paulo natives speaking Portuguese since this is the city where the game takes place.

Lazlow began his story about how he was advised that he and the other producers on the trip would need a bulletproof car in São Paulo because they would have $10,000 of cash on them. He continued that a security consultant sent him a picture of their driver when setting up the trip because kidnapping is a problem in São Paulo.

Right before he left for Brazil, the security consultant says that the driver has changed thus causing a major safety concern for the team. When he finally makes it to São Paulo, Jones immediately noticed that the car has thick bulletproof glass installed, and he is then told by the driver that the undercarriage of the car is reinforced to prevent his legs from being blown off if there’s a bomb on the road. 

Max Payne 3 San Paulo Brazil

The first stop in the city for Jones is a bank where he can do a currency exchange. It was there where he learned about a unique security feature the bank has:  a metal detector that’s built-in to the revolving door. Stuck in the revolving door, he was forced to remove any metal objects before entering the bank. 

Things get scary when Jones is approached by a bank employee that said “There’s a man outside looking for two Americans.”  After a moment of panic, Jones then found out that the man was his driver who was worried that they were taking too long for the exchange. Following that escapade, Jones was on his own to travel the city in a Ford Focus, but he made sure to keep a low profile.

When asked by comedian Jim Norton on whether he visited one of the local favelas - shanty towns within the city rife with crime - Jones said he didn’t, but other game producers did so that they could take some pictures that would be used to create a virtual version of the favela in the game. In order to do so, the producers had to pay local gangs in the favelas to give them access. 

Max Payne 3 San Paulo Brazil

During his time at São Paulo, Jones did said that he enjoyed it there even though he was working in the recording studio from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Show co-host Anthony Cumia asked if Jones was constantly paranoid all the time while in the city. Jones explained that as the son of a drug NARC - an undercover police officer that works drug busts - he is used to being aware of his surroundings.

When Max Payne 3 release this coming May, take a moment to think about how the producers of the game put their lives in jeopardy in order to make the game more realistic for players.

You can listen to the full interview below. The Max Payne 3 talk starts at 1:48:28. 

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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