Man, what producers sometimes have to do for a project…
If you didn't already know, Rockstar's Max Payne 3 is set in Sao Paulo, which is appropriate, as it's a gritty and dangerous place. And of course, with Rockstar's patented attention to detail, they had to actually go to the city in question.
And that's where the "fun" began for one of the game's producers, Lazlow Jones. He visited the Opie and Anthony Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (as summarized at Original Gamer ), and spoke about his adventures in Sao Paulo. It's a great read; the guy needed a bulletproof car because of the amount of money they'd carry about, and kidnapping is apparently a big problem down there. They needed a security consultant, who changed the driver at the last minute due to a "major safety concern." …oh yes, I'll sleep well at night after that.
Interestingly enough, Lazlow's father was a drug NARC, so he's been used to being aware of his surroundings, which is probably a good thing. It must've been quite the experience and therefore, when you're playing Max Payne 3 in May, just be thankful for the exquisitely designed and realistic city, and be even more thankful your entertainment is fiction.
Related Game(s): Max Payne 3