Max Payne is the Main Character who you play as in the Max Payne Series. He works for the N.Y.P.D. His family were murdered by a mob and Max Payne's life changed forever. His new goal in life is to get to the bottom of whoever killed his Wife & Child. For Max Payne, the title character was modeled after Sam Lake, the writer of Max Payne. It is often joked that Max had a constipated expression with his uncomfortable half grin/sneer; this joke is even mentioned in the sequel. For Max Payne 2, however, Lake declined the honor, and after extensive casting, Remedy chose the actor Timothy Gibbs to be the model for Max Payne. Actor James McCaffrey provided the voice of Max Payne in both games.