If you've watched any of the trailers for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding over the past three or so years, you might be forgiven for assuming that the game stars an acting performance by Guillermo del Toro. His name is used heavily in promotional material, his face appears frequently in shots, and everything would suggest he's in the studio recording lines for the game on his days off from working on movies.
But, apparently, that's not quite the case. While Guillermo del Toro's likeness appears in the game, his movements and voice do not.
I asked my bestie, Nicolas, to be “HEARTMAN” in DS as special guest. We 3D scanned his head, body, and facial expressions to make his 3D model, but his acting and voice are done by a different performer, same as with Guillermo. ?????☔️ pic.twitter.com/wOGt0LfX89
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) May 29, 2019
According to the above tweet, both Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Drive, and Guillermo del Toro only appear in Death Stranding as 3D character models, motion captured and voice acted by other people.
At least this makes a bit more sense of this recent statement del Toro made to IGN about being a puppet who didn't know much about Death Stranding.