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Kiefer Sutherland Is Now Snake

24 and Lost Boys actor taking up the mantle for The Phantom Pain.

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As part of its pre-E3 show, Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima revealed actor Kiefer Sutherland is the new voice of Snake for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Sutherland is best known for portraying Jack Bauer on the long-running TV show 24. He was pretty sweet in The Lost Boys, too.

One of the reasons Sutherland may have been chosen to portray Snake is the game’s reliance on performance capture for the role.

The previous voice of Snake, David Hayter, tried to take change in sarcastic stride on Twitter.

“Can't fault [Kiefer], “ said Hayter. “Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke! [...] To my beloved Tweeps, I can't thank you enough for all your support. Getting fired was never so heartwarming.”

MGSV: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for a release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3...someday? A release date isn’t yet known.

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Posted By ShinjiEx

Ground Zero?

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Edited By Danbuca

Still slightly disappointed over Hayter but never mind, they'd have to cast Taylor Swift as Snake before I would reconsider my purchase.

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Edited By arch4non

I'm still mad. David Hayter is the voice of Snake.

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Posted By GERALTITUDE

MGS is too amazing to be passed up. I will miss Dave and wish him the best but Metal Gear here I come!

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Posted By probablytuna

@probablytuna said:
@travisrex said:

@probablytuna: I think kiefer is a little too old to play snake in any kind of movie.

Even in a movie where he's just sitting down having a smoke?

I could play the part if that's all I have to do. F'yeah.

You're hired!

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Posted By maskedarcstrike

I don't know if this has been mentioned but man does Keifer look skinny these days.

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Posted By TravisRex

@travisrex said:

@probablytuna: I think kiefer is a little too old to play snake in any kind of movie.

Even in a movie where he's just sitting down having a smoke?

I could play the part if that's all I have to do. F'yeah.

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Posted By august
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Edited By mordukai

@somejerk said:

Hayter is a goddamn diva though.

All [famous] actors are, to some degree.

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Edited By Darklight

@jouseldelka: There's also Liquid snake and Solidus Snake I think both of them are considered the brothers of Solid Snake (well I'm sure for Liquid but I can't remember for Solidus)

They are the produce of a project called Les enfants terribles, a cloning experiment of Naked Snake which became Big Boss after killing his mentor named The Boss. And no... I'm not making this up. If you really did not know then enjoy the glorious Metal Gear lore... :)

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Edited By RoyaleWifCheese

I'll reserve judgement until they show some footage of Big Boss actually speaking. The GDC trailer was kinda cool and I reasonably enjoyed Guns of the Patriots, so I hope this game plays well.

I trust that Kojima knows what he's doing. It's his vision.

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Posted By DonPixel

everything about MGS is stoopid, including this.

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Posted By StarvingGamer

The only part of this news that bugs me is that the voice actor remains consistent in the Japanese version, which makes me think this isn't some clever attempt to keep Hayter as Solid Snake (cameo or otherwise) secret and Kojima really is just sick of David's performance. Which bums me out. Kiefer Sutherland is probably going to do great as Big Boss but god damn, it just won't be the same.

Isn't the Japanese VA like, super popular over there? It may be that they're just playing it the other way around, keeping the big name going in Japan then rolling in someone new as Solid Snake for MGSVI. Or maybe they just felt he could provide them with voices distinct enough to be both Solid Snake and Big Boss without it sounding hokey.

In Japan Snake is basically a dude with a deep voice. Hayter's treatment, on the other hand, is so affected that I doubt it would be possible for him to do both in a similar but different enough way to work. Making a clean break for the two characters may simply have been the better option.

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Edited By Dallas_Raines

@ollyoxenfree: Yeah, actors like Nolan North or Troy Baker will sound great in a game, and then act like a complete ham in a bad anime dub.

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Posted By ThomasG666

Really?! That's awesome!

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Posted By thatlad

I'm a big Keifer Sutherland fan but this news really disappoints me. This will be like when an actor plays a real life person, it's jarring. Unless the actor is truly stellar, it's almost impossible not disrupt the immersion.

So while Hayter may not be Snake, to me growing up with that character having that voice, it's going to be like Hayden Christensen playing Sir Winston Churchill in a film.

Okay, well maybe not that extreme but my point is it's a change that is not going to add a great deal but will take a great deal away.

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Edited By OllyOxenFree

He voiced the Call of Duty World at War sergeant kind of terribly so this isn't good news in my eyes

Proper direction can help.

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Posted By firecracker22

Dat profile picture.
Dat profile picture.

That's pretty fucking funny.

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Posted By JouselDelka

@kagato said:

So my theory is, the game is Ground Zeros and seems to be in two parts, you play the first part as Naked Snake/Big Boss voiced by Keifer as you establish outer haven. Then you play the second part as young Solid Snake and you have to take the old man down, effectively making it a retelling of the original Metal Gear. Im maybe being a little too optomisitic but i hope its the case or im probably going to pass on this one, just like Kevin Conroy is Batman, Nolan North is Deadpool, to me David Hayter is Snake.

The franchise considered one of the best ever made, especially for its storytelling and characters, has characters named Big Boss, Naked Snake, and Solid Snake?

Is this a joke? :P big boss? big? boss?

solid snake? solid? and a second snake that is naked? Two characters named snake, one is solid and one is naked?

double you tee eff.

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Posted By JouselDelka

He voiced the Call of Duty World at War sergeant kind of terribly so this isn't good news in my eyes

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Edited By blargonaut

Don't forget about Phone Booth, bitches.

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Posted By TooWalrus

The only part of this news that bugs me is that the voice actor remains consistent in the Japanese version, which makes me think this isn't some clever attempt to keep Hayter as Solid Snake (cameo or otherwise) secret and Kojima really is just sick of David's performance. Which bums me out. Kiefer Sutherland is probably going to do great as Big Boss but god damn, it just won't be the same.

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Posted By bgdiner

Kiefer is a good man, great actor and cool guy overall, but it will take some adjustment.

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Edited By Xristophoros

@xristophoros said:

Very disappointing news... I had hoped the whole Hayter not reprising his role thing was just a big joke. Casting Sutherland is a mistake. This has more to do with maintaining consistency within the MGS world. This will break the immersion and make the new games feel disjointed. Why change it at this point when the voice of Snake/Big Boss is well defined and works so well? If there was a good reason I would be more understanding, but at this point it just seems like the answer is: "A change was needed". The sense of familiarity and empathy for Snake/Big Boss is lost now since the new voice is not relatable to the player (in the context of the MGS world). In other words, the heart of the character has been removed.

Not necessarily. The headline is misleading, we only know that Sutherland is voicing Big Boss. If these games follow their logical continuity, eventually we will be revising the events of the original Metal Gear where Solid Snake and Big Boss are both central characters. Establishing a new voice for Big Boss now could simply be laying the groundwork for MGSVI or whatever it ends up being. Having Hayter screaming back and forth at himself would be significantly worse.

That's a good point. If this turns out to be the case then it will work out well in the end. We may even see Snake and Big Boss confront each other at the end of MGSV.

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Posted By Hilts

Im fairly bummed out about this news. David Hayter IS Solid Snake. How can Jack Bauer deliver quality dialogue such as "..a Sony walk man? Huh!". Damn it!

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Edited By Tackchevy

I cannot emphasize enough that there is no Kiefer Sutherland. His persona has been replaced by Jack Bauer.

Also, that's fucking Big Boss in the picture. Different character and VA. I get that sense that Hayter or someone is willfully disregarding this fact as part of the news cycle.

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Posted By TwoLines

@somejerk said:

As a fan of Hayter and Kiefer, I am okay with this.

Hayter is a goddamn diva though.

Yep. He's embarrassing himself. Yeah, you got fired, you don't have to be a dick about it.

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Posted By Orbitz

This is pretty cool and all, But I'm more amazed they got yet another Canadian citizen to fill the role of Snake.

Fills me with a sense of pride lol.

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Posted By MattyT

I like how (almost) nobody said anything about voices in the original Phantom Pain trailer, which also used Kiefer's voice. Oh, now that it's been announced that it's Kiefer, the game is ruined for some people. If the voice didn't bother you then, it shouldn't bother you now. It's a man's voice, for crying out loud.

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Posted By mikey87144

I still would like to know why they decided to change the Actor. Hayter has been excellent and is probably cheaper than Keifer Sutherland.

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Posted By Quarters

@blue_cube: Others play their games. For one, I think at least Jennifer Hale(and maybe even Mark Meer) play Mass Effect. I love Hayter, and perhaps they didn't handle his replacing in the friendliest matter, but he's being unprofessional about this(assuming it isn't a long con). Doing all of the interviews, and all of the snarky comments, stuff like changing his profile picture on Twitter to Kiefer Sutherland for a few hours...all of it just comes across as bitter and unpleasant. He should be more restrained. Again, assuming that this isn't a ploy or that he eventually rebecomes Solid Snake in a remake of MG1/MG2.

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Edited By burgavo

all I can think of now is snake sounding like doctor schreber from darkcity.

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Posted By Brewmaster_Andy

How many times will Snake say "dammit" or "WE'RE OUT OF TIME!"?

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Posted By Blue_Cube

@wogglebeast: I think he has every right to act the way he does. This wasn't just a job for him he has a lot of love for the MGS franchise. I don't know any other voice actor that actually plays the games once they're released.

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Edited By Dberg

Them firing David Hayder is probably the dumbest thing they could have done.

Well, if it's true that Kojima really wants to get out of MGS and make something else for a change, I suppose this would be a genius way to alienate the half of your fanbase who've been masturbatingly furiously to Hayter's raspy voice without making it glaringly obvious to your producers what you're doing.

Mmmmm, raspy voice. I'll be in my bunk.

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Posted By Wogglebeast

I would care more about this if David Hayter wasn't acting like such a precious jerk about the whole thing.

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Posted By Oldirtybearon

@patrickklepek don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but Kiefer Sutherland isn't playing Solid Snake, he's playing Naked Snake/Big Boss.

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Posted By Batmeng

This is all one big trolling attempt. I am convinced now.

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Edited By Blue_Cube

Just to state the obvious: he isn't portraying Solid Snake, he'll be voicing Big Boss. There may still be room for both Hayter and Sutherland.

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Posted By captain_clayman

Deciding whether or not I'm okay with this. I think the Kief will be a sloooow burn, but even if it doesn't reach the high marks of the series' past, It'll still be ENTertaining at least. hhehehe

Alright, that's enough weed jokes. I was just reminded of weed seeing all these people say kief.

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Edited By Hameyadea

That news doesn't bode very well with me. I guess I'll have to wit and see if it'll pan out alright, but for me Snake (both Naked and Solid) is Hayter with his gravelly voice

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Posted By teh_destroyer

Them firing David Hayder is probably the dumbest thing they could have done.

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Edited By scaramoosh

Thank god.

Every single person I know in real life hates David Hayter's voice acting and didn't play Metal Gear Solid as a result. My ex always used to tell me to turn the game down because she couldn't stand it.

This will hopefully widen the audience.

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Posted By StarvingGamer

It took me about 4 times reading the headline to really register it.

That's a wasted effort because the headline is wrong.

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Edited By StarvingGamer

Very disappointing news... I had hoped the whole Hayter not reprising his role thing was just a big joke. Casting Sutherland is a mistake. This has more to do with maintaining consistency within the MGS world. This will break the immersion and make the new games feel disjointed. Why change it at this point when the voice of Snake/Big Boss is well defined and works so well? If there was a good reason I would be more understanding, but at this point it just seems like the answer is: "A change was needed". The sense of familiarity and empathy for Snake/Big Boss is lost now since the new voice is not relatable to the player (in the context of the MGS world). In other words, the heart of the character has been removed.

Not necessarily. The headline is misleading, we only know that Sutherland is voicing Big Boss. If these games follow their logical continuity, eventually we will be revising the events of the original Metal Gear where Solid Snake and Big Boss are both central characters. Establishing a new voice for Big Boss now could simply be laying the groundwork for MGSVI or whatever it ends up being. Having Hayter screaming back and forth at himself would be significantly worse.

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Posted By Triumvir

That's pretty dumb. Beh. I was perfectly satisfied after MGS4. I didn't need or want another MGS, and this really doesn't make a compelling case as to why I should change my mind on that. I'll pass on MGSV

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Edited By wwfundertaker

Give me Donald Sutherland and ill be happy. Joking a side i think Kiefer will do an excellent job.

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Posted By ezdude

Well at least the guy who recommended Keifer also seems to know Hayter.

At least he was replaced by someone who's enthusiastic and loves nothing more than to bow to Kojima. I guess he's a true Bauer after all, ahhh. nvm.

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Posted By Cold_Wolven

There was a rumor that Keifer was the replacement a while back but I didn't think it would be true so now I'm really fascinated though it is a shame for David Hayter. In retrospect Big Boss should have had a separate voice actor from the beginning as David Hayter should have been reserved for Solid Snake even though they're clones.

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Posted By xseedx

Hayters gonna hayte!

Good choice with sutherland.

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