Heat (1995)

#1 Edited by SupesDupes (11 posts) -

In lieu of having lent my copy of GTA V out to a friend, I decided to re-watch Heat (1995) again today. Was I the only one who didn't immediately realize that Michael was just Robert DeNiro from Heat?

Also, apparently I missed out on snowing Los Santos on Christmas Day?

#2 Edited by joshwent (2207 posts) -

I think you might be the only one who didn't realize that every GTA main character is pretty much Robert DeNiro from Heat.

#3 Edited by Oldirtybearon (4815 posts) -

Sure, Michael could be Bob De Niro from Heat (1995) since De Niro's Neil McCauley was an emotionally stunted gangster from the trailer park. McCauley also had a cripplingly self-absorbed family, had aspirations of becoming a film producer, and experienced a mid-life crisis (complete with abandonment issues!) all in the span of a two hour heist film; I can't believe I never saw it before but Michael De Santa is totally a rip off of Neil McCauley from Heat (1995).

Michael Mann should totally sue for plagiarism.

#4 Posted by Humanity (9269 posts) -

@joshwent said:

I think you might be the only one who didn't realize that every GTA main character is pretty much Robert DeNiro from Heat.

I'd say a majority of GTA "protagonists" are Scarface. I think Michael was the first one looking for a way out rather than trying to work his way in.

#5 Posted by RonGalaxy (3170 posts) -

Sure, Michael could be Bob De Niro from Heat (1995) since De Niro's Neil McCauley was an emotionally stunted gangster from the trailer park. McCauley also had a cripplingly self-absorbed family, had aspirations of becoming a film producer, and experienced a mid-life crisis (complete with abandonment issues!) all in the span of a two hour heist film; I can't believe I never saw it before but Michael De Santa is totally a rip off of Neil McCauley from Heat (1995).

Michael Mann should totally sue for plagiarism.

Uhh, Neil McCauley is a real dude. Heat is based in part on real life events...

#6 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4815 posts) -

@naru_joe93 said:

Uhh, Neil McCauley is a real dude. Heat is based in part on real life events...

You... never saw Heat (1995), did you?

#7 Edited by RonGalaxy (3170 posts) -

@oldirtybearon said:

@naru_joe93 said:

Uhh, Neil McCauley is a real dude. Heat is based in part on real life events...

You... never saw Heat (1995), did you?

I actually have, but its been awhile. So I dont know whats going on anymore. Fill me in please :D

All I know is Neil McCauley was (is?) a real dude, and Michael Mann got inspiration from him and his exploits. So unless you were referencing something/being sarcastic, MM has no reason to sue since he was inspired by real world events, which makes it fair ground for anyone to go after.

#8 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3052 posts) -

Everyone knows that GTAV was a rip-off of The Cider House Rules. Duh.

#9 Edited by SupesDupes (11 posts) -

@joshwent: @oldirtybearon:

No one's saying they're the exact same character - what I meant was that it was directly inspired, mostly physically as 'Michael' looks like the voice actor dressed and groomed to resemble DeNiro from Heat. Most other GTA games have drawn from some sources more than others - Goodfellas, Scarface, Boyz n the Hood.

It's just the first time I made the link between Heat and GTA V, both in character inspiration and the setup for the entire game being so heist focused.

#10 Posted by Vuud (1998 posts) -

I can't even count how many times I have reenacted that bank robbery scene from Heat in video games.

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#11 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3847 posts) -

Are they actually the same character though? If anything, a lot of Michael is like Pacino to me, with the focus on his home life. A silly version of Pacino.

But anyways, there are obviously a lot of Heat nods but I don't think Michael was De Niro.... besides looking just like him obviously.

#12 Edited by Damodar (1393 posts) -

Are they actually the same character though? If anything, a lot of Michael is like Pacino to me, with the focus on his home life. A silly version of Pacino.

But anyways, there are obviously a lot of Heat nods but I don't think Michael was De Niro.... besides looking just like him obviously.

Pacino in Heat already was the silly version of Pacino in Heat :P She got a... GREAT ASS

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