Kiefer Sutherland to voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain

Kiefer Sutherland will be playing Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain.

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Today at Konami's pre-E3 conference, the company finally took the wraps off the voice of Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Since Snake will be in his 40s in this installment, series creator Hideo Kojima was looking for someone older to play the role. He said he reached out to film producer Avi Arad, and was thus introduced to the new Snake: Kiefer Sutherland, best known for his role as Dr. Daniel P. Schreber in Dark City. Oh, and that dude from 24 as well.

Kojima called Sutherland "the perfect fit in terms of age and performance," and likewise Sutherland said he recognized the character despite not being a gamer. He'll be doing both the voice and facial capture for Snake in this installment. Kojima says that since the facial expressions can express more emotion, the script isn't as explicit about spelling out emotional cues.

So what about Snake's former voice talent, David Hayter? Arad seemed to make a passing reference to Hayter, saying, "Friend of mine used to be Snake, but Keifer is a class by himself." Hayter, for his part, made a sort-of-conciliatory tweet on the subject.

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    June 6, 2013 10:14 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Kiefer Sutherland to voice Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain.

    Kiefer Sutherland will be playing Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain.

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      June 6, 2013 10:16 AM

      The Jack Bower Power Hour is BACK

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      June 6, 2013 10:17 AM

      not a bad choice! I think this could be great

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      June 6, 2013 10:19 AM

      think hideo wanting someone older is a bs excuse. this is clearly to have it so that the movie will cast kiefer as snake and both mgs5 and the movie will have the same actor

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        June 6, 2013 10:36 AM

        Probably. Kojima seems like someone to me that is easily influenced by what he saw last. Wasn't he pushing for Viggo Mortenssen at one point? It's like he saw Lord of the Rings and then A History of Violence and went "This guy would be perfect" then he saw 24 and said.. "This guy would be perfect".

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        June 6, 2013 10:49 AM

        I have also heard that they wanted the same actor to do both voice and motion capture and that is why Hayter didn't return.

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        June 6, 2013 10:58 AM

        Aren't the MGS games movies in themselves at this point?

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          June 6, 2013 11:09 AM

          a movie would be a fraction of the length, and shitter for it

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        June 6, 2013 10:58 AM

        Yeah, this whole lets do mo cap/face cap with the voice actor bit is felling old and we haven't even seen the results yet. It all strikes me as a tad bit "ambitious" and by "ambitious" I mean the best results will end with shitty movies where 90% of first time viewers will be on Saturday just before a ScyFy original airs and not in a theater.

        What was that lyric? "We were aiming for the moon and shooting for the stars, but they kids were just shooting at the buses and the cars."

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        June 6, 2013 11:12 AM

        yeah thats total shit, because hayter has already done snake at a whole shit load of different ages. But I don't mind the change tbh, the voice was distinctive but not great

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      June 6, 2013 10:19 AM

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        June 6, 2013 10:26 AM

        Sutherland is the one cashing in on a Kojima name if anything.

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      June 6, 2013 10:41 AM

      Dammit!

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      June 6, 2013 10:43 AM

      This is Kojima we're talking about here. That should be all that needs to be said but in case it isn't: Sutherland as Snake isn't the whole truth here and you know it.

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      June 6, 2013 10:46 AM

      horrible

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      June 6, 2013 11:00 AM

      But is he gonna need a hacksaw?

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      June 6, 2013 11:06 AM

      He's not Solid Snake!

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      June 6, 2013 11:09 AM

      Kiefer isn't voicing Solid Snake, he's voicing Big Boss aka Naked Snake

      Hayter could still be voicing Solid Snake as a 'surprise', since the character could theoretically be part of the game

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        June 6, 2013 11:24 AM

        At least someone else gets it.

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          June 6, 2013 11:58 AM

          I didn't really buy that theory until I watched the pre-E3 video. I whole awkward non-mention of Hayter feels really out of place, so I'm all on board with the Hayter is still a VO in the game theory.

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        June 6, 2013 11:36 AM

        This is the same thing I thought. I didn't see the Pre3 thing, but it seems like he's Big Boss and not Solid Snake.

        And yeah, it'd make sense if both Big Boss and Solid Snake are in the same game to have them with two different VAs like how they did it in the end of MGS4.

        Can we get a clarification on which Snake Keifer's playing? Not that it'll do any good...at this point we're all kinda expecting a Hideo switcharoo somehow.

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          June 6, 2013 11:47 AM

          He is 100% playing Naked Snake, watch the Konami video

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            June 6, 2013 11:49 AM

            He is 0% playing Naked Snake and 100% playing Big Boss.

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              June 6, 2013 11:51 AM

              they're the same character!

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        June 6, 2013 11:44 AM

        Hayter's salty tweet is selling that theory pretty well...

        https://twitter.com/DavidBHayter/status/342691595436556290

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        June 6, 2013 12:17 PM

        Im kinda curious to see what Mr. Sutherland can do with the character.

        Having two different people voice two different characters isnt a bad idea *derp*

        Though, I'll still point my foul smelly finger of disspoint at Kojima, if Hayters not in it.

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        June 6, 2013 12:56 PM

        a winner is you.

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      June 6, 2013 11:24 AM

      The new Castlevania looks good.

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      June 6, 2013 11:29 AM

      Can't wait to hear him say La-li-lu-le-lo.

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      June 6, 2013 11:31 AM

      sigh

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        June 6, 2013 11:45 AM

        let me clarify: Big Boss being JBP wouldnt bother me that much, some yes. fuck... it would bother me alot but i could deal. BB in his most recent characterization was not David Hayter, and the Snake boys were never clones of Big Boss, just highly engineered from his genes. BB shouldnt sound exactly like Solid or Liquid or Solidus. now obv solid snake, physically, is the spitting image of BB, but not identical. at the end of MGS4, I think that for the first time with the PS3 they had the detail and RAM (and probably dev time, and creative freedom outside of the marketing value of basically having Naked being Solid prior to that, just with a different name) to distinguish the fact that SOLID IS NOT A CLONE OF BIG BOSS. he wont sound like him, and the fact they both rocked the FABOLOUS MULLET OF POWER and bore a striking resemblence when they were in there 20's doesnt mean that as old men the will look and sound the same.

        i guess what im saying is that alot of the reason Naked and Solid looked and sounded alike was the simple fact of marketing. some of you may be too young or too new to the franchise to remember the massive, massive backlash from MGS2 when it was revealed that Snake wasnt even the main character, and that you dont play as him for more than an hour. people shit themselves. they literally shit themselves, and it was so bad that Kojima-san bowed his head in shame to the fans and apologized, and promised that MGS3 would be all about snake. it was, but it wasnt Solid, and Kojima-sans creative vision was tempered by the overwhelming threat of financial ruin if MGS3 didnt star Snake. It did star snake, but obviously it was a different snake, but by making BB Identical in every physical way to SS, he was able to do what he wanted with the story while dodging the fan outrage.

        he no longer has to do that, the series has matured and BB has been now shown, in his last moments of life, as NOT COMPLETELY IDENTICAL to Solid.

        i needed to type that out for myself as much as anyone else so fuck it if noone gets it or cares. my only thing, is that if they do in fact have Solid in the game, he better be voiced by Hayter. I am OK if he doesnt star, but if he has a speaking part in the game they better fucking let Hayter phone in a few lines or something because fuck them if they dont.

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          June 6, 2013 11:51 AM

          Link to the person shitting himself because Solid Snake wasn't the main character in MGS2.

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            June 6, 2013 12:09 PM

            everyone shit themselves. the whole earth shit itself. it became known as the Shitcano, and i cannot speak of it further.

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          June 6, 2013 12:01 PM

          Do you have way too much invested in this than is healthy, Y/Y?

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          June 6, 2013 12:22 PM

          You're 100% correct on all your points.

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          June 6, 2013 4:56 PM

          Wait, wasn't the more recent characterization of Big Boss in Peace Walker? Which was voiced by David Hayter. Anyway, his voice acting for those characters has become a bad parody of itself. I wouldn't mind if Solid Snake was different, too.

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            June 6, 2013 7:10 PM

            i guess thats right, what i kind of meant was the chronologically latest though i worded stupidly.

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      June 6, 2013 12:08 PM

      trolled?

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      June 6, 2013 12:10 PM

      If they can get Chloe in too that would be hilarious.

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      June 6, 2013 12:13 PM

      wonder how much that costs them.

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      June 6, 2013 12:21 PM

      You people are crazy

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      June 6, 2013 12:25 PM

      They needed someone who could act with their face so they found someone. End of story. Hayter's performances were pretty stiff anyway.

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        June 6, 2013 12:30 PM

        i was just about to ask WHY (change VA's) but i guess your comment answered that.

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          June 6, 2013 1:25 PM

          Over the years, I definitely put professional voice actors like Hayter, Jennifer Hale, Michael Bell on a pedestal for what they brought to games that second-rate Hollywood starlets and B-grade TV actors just couldn't do with their less-trained voices.

          Now, with facial mo-cap becoming ever more important, I've got to admit there's something to be said for using some good character actors instead of just the best voice actors, at least for main characters. I'm still pretty sure they went with Keifer so they can use him in a movie/game combo platter, but there's no denying the fantastic mo-cap work Andy Serkis personally did in Heavenly Sword and I'll certainly be curious to see what Ellen Paige comes up with in Beyond: Two Souls.

          Straight mo-cap will never be enough for my tastes, though. The whole point of game style is the artistic layer of gloss added on top of the plain old realism. Kojima knows how to do this with his facial mo-cap, but he and Serkis are the exceptions, not the rule, and the actors are going to have to know how to use their bodies as well as their voices in more heightened ways. At least Keifer knows how to do an OK monkey face :P

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            June 7, 2013 3:33 AM

            Serkis is good in just about everything he does. He's so animated and intense with his expression, facially and voice.

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      June 6, 2013 1:08 PM

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      June 6, 2013 1:44 PM

      hey technotica remember that drunken post you made last night?

      also, I really don't like the fact that the original voice of snake was replaced by a big name actor. I like Keifer Sutherland, but I don't like big fish wading into other pools, you've made your name, you've made your money, let others grow dammit.

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        June 7, 2013 3:21 AM

        ha! lol, vaguely...

        it just kinda feels like a big slap in the face to change Snakes voice actor. Especially considering how much Hayter is dedicated to and loves the role. The man IS Snake for christs sake..

        Hayters gruffy voice over is one of the main reasons I enjoy Snakes character.

        im keeping my fingers crossed, surely its not as bad as it sounds.

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      June 6, 2013 2:45 PM

      Whats coming out of Snake's forehead?

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      June 6, 2013 2:45 PM

      This is exactly like when Glynnis Talken Campbell got passed over for Kerrigan's voice in preference for Tricia Helfer.

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      June 6, 2013 4:07 PM

      Really? Not Kurt Russel? Ah well, I'll try to keep an open mind.

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      June 6, 2013 4:16 PM

      Hang on wasn't he voicing the bandage-face guy in one of the earlier trailers?! 2 Snakes? Mental Snake? Mental Gear?!

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      June 6, 2013 4:53 PM

      Chloe, open a socket!

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      June 6, 2013 9:25 PM

      Donald Sutherland as The End surprise twist ending lol

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      June 7, 2013 4:46 AM

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