In The Legend of Zelda: Arts & Artifacts, the Ocarina of Time team said that they drew inspiration from a famous Hollywood actor while creating the artwork for Link.
So when you were illustrating Link, was there an inspiration for the character?
NAKANO: Yes. A rather world- famous Hollywood actor . . .
TAKIZAWA: Huh? You mean that actor?
HARUHANA: He is one good- looking guy.
NAKANO: Yeah. At that time, if you were to talk about a really good- looking actor, people immediately thought of this guy. So I recall keeping in mind the point of his nose and that strong-willed look in his eyes when I was drawing.
TAKIZAWA: Actually, I remember Koizumi saying something similar as well. When the watercolor version was being worked on, that actor’s name also came up.
NAKANO: Is that so? When I was presenting this piece, I did mention how I incorporated a little bit of that actor, but that tidbit didn’t seem to win or lose me any points. In actuality, maybe it was just an unspoken approval of how I “got it” back then. [laughs]
Which actor do you think it is?
My money is on Leonardo DiCaprio, he was just heating up around the time of Ocarina of Time with Romeo and Juliet and Titanic. Leave a comment below on who you think it is!