it was worth a shot!
Yes so I made him from an old sim of mine named Ren, and I aged him to an adult and started tweaking him (because I was never happy with him formerly) and he turned into this. I looked at him and thought, you know he looks like Joel, or perhaps a grumpier version of my dad even. I went with Joel at the end, because I thought he looked so much like the character. I bet you if I had had a Joel reference from The Last of Us he'd have come out looking NOTHING like him - that's what always happens to me lmao.
I have some of his story worked out that I was sharing in Gen Chat on Slack yesterday. Now that my show is posted I have every intention of focusing on my new stable (which I don't suppose you've seen yet?) and Joel owns the place. My opening scene is planned and it is glorious. Just you wait.