Dissecting Grand Theft Auto V Trailer #2

Finally, something resembling concrete information about the long awaited, and still release date-free Grand Theft Auto V has broken and entered our lives. No longer must we drool over pathetic scraps of viral marketing, persistent, contradictory rumors and a baffling refusal to say when the thing is actually coming out. With the second GTA V trailer loose in the world, we can now drool over copious cutscene content and the best use of a Stevie Wonder song since High Fidelity.

There’s a lot contained in less than two minutes, and because we care, we’ve watched the thing numerous times to glean every bit of stray information we can. Read on, and learn everything we think the new trailer reveals about Grand Theft Auto V.


The new trailer gives us a much closer look at the game’s cast than we’ve seen before, particularly at our three newly-confirmed protagonists. This time out, however, it’s an older man’s game as GTA V features not just one, but two well past their prime protagonists who really should be feeling a bit too old for this sh*t, and a younger one who might want to pay attention to the ghost of Christmas future.


Michael is a retired gangster who “spent years in the game”, but somehow made it out alive and fabulously rich. He lives in a huge mansion, has a skinny blond wife and two kids, and a huge pool. Like Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast, he’s let himself go to seed, apparently spending his free time bozzing it up by the pool. But is he happy? Probably not, since he’s also seeing a shrink and, as Rockstar has made clear in other media, is pulled back into a life of crime unwillingly. Unconfirmed to be voiced by Ned Luke.

Trevor Philips

Trevor Phillips is a career criminal straight out of COPS, a desert dwelling scumbag who deals in meth and illegal guns. He comes off as an angry, unstable sociopath willing to torture, maim and kill with reckless abandon. He also differs from the other two player characters in that he actually expresses a sense of humor. (Notice the “cut here” tattoo on his neck?) He’s also balding and doesn’t give a damn who knows. Voice actor unknown.


Franklin is a young hustler from Los Santos’ version of South Central whose career is on the upswing, despite evidence that he’s faking it until he makes it. Though he can be seen getting up to some serious criminal no good, he wants more out of life than to live and die in the hood, a pursuit that may have damaged some of his interpersonal relationships. We also theorize that he’s the owner of the Rottweiler featured so prominently in the trailer. Voice actor unknown.

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6 Comments on Dissecting Grand Theft Auto V Trailer #2


On November 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Having one or two of the playable characters with strong familial attachments ought to at least provide something fairly new for GTA. Michael having a family and being pulled back into “the life” is reminiscent of John Marston in Red Dead Redemption, which isn’t too surprising since Dan Houser wrote the script for that game. Given that I find RDR to be Rockstar’s best game to date, and I’ve enjoyed the more serious efforts in GTA 4 and RDR, so I’m looking forward to a character like Michael.

Trevor seems like a good inclusion, too. Having an unattached, nutjob as one of the playable characters will probably allow players to go on the traditional GTA rampages of destruction without feeling like it is out of character.


On November 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

As of right now there is no proof (to my knowledge) that James is Michaels son. And his neck tattoo says “Entitled”


On November 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm


At about 1 minute in, somebody says to Michael, “Your son, James…”

Seems like pretty conclusive evidence that James is his son.

Ben Richardson

On November 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm

@STALKER Not sure how you can watch that trailer and not grasp the obvious: James is Michael’s son. Still, you’re 100% right on the neck tattoo. Thanks for the tip — I’ve updated the article.


On November 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

@RJ and Ben Richardson

I was tired when I posted that, what I meant to say was there wasn’t proof that the kid is actually James. The trailer seems to hint heavily that he is (showing him right after the scene you mentioned, him being in the car with Michael, etc…) but it doesn’t come right out an say, “this person is actually James”

I agree it’s a stretch, but still the point stands.


On November 19, 2012 at 4:46 am