Kiefer Sutherland confirmed as Snake in Metal Gear Solid V

Sutherland will provide facial capture alongside portraying the voice of Snake.

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Konami has confirmed that Kiefer Sutherland will be taking on the role of Snake in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Sutherland will take over the role from David Hayter, who has been portraying the character since the original Metal Gear Solid in 1998. On top of providing the voice, Sutherland will be performing the facial capture for Snake's face in Metal Gear Solid V.

Hideo Kojima confirmed Sutherland's role as part of Konami's pre-E3 2013 show. "This time with Metal Gear Solid V," said Kojima, "the themes are a little different from previous games in the series. We're taking on some very heavy subjects, such as race and revenge. This makes the tone much darker. As a result, I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice, rather than words.

"The game takes place in 1984, when Snake is 49 years old. Therefore, we needed someone who could genuinely convey the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late 40s. It's different from anything we've done before, so I asked a producer friend of mine in Hollywood, Avi Arad, for advice.

"He's the one who introduced me to Mr. Kiefer Sutherland. And I was like, 'Why didn't I think of that?'"

Speaking about his new role, Sutherland said, "There's a real personal quality to the character that I've connected to."

"I felt [Sutherland] was the perfect fit in terms of age and performance," concluded Kojima.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is currently in development for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Discussion

903 comments
kkee
kkee

Given Kojima's previous tricks, I'll believe the full story once the game comes out.

StAnger-
StAnger-

This is probably another hoax by Kojima, like it was with the game title.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

What? On IMDb it says Kiefer is voicing the role of Ishmael. Either they changed Jacks codename from Naked Snake to Ishmael, Kiefer is voicing Ishmael and Snake, IMDb is wrong, or something else is going on here....

Come_on_come_in
Come_on_come_in

Oooohhhh shut the fuck up everybody!! stop acting like bunch of babys crying for David, the game, the open world interface. Lets wait till it come out! and then we talk! dont be so closedminded . As for Sutherland, man...anyone remember "Phone Boot"? listen to his voice, try to adapr it to snake...come on...does it sound bad? of course not! Respect for David, his work all this years was BAD ASS, an we´ll miss him, but dond think kiffer its a bad choice, not at all

marshalmathers2
marshalmathers2

To tell the truth, I've accepted Sutherland being the new Snake. I understand the "tactical" decision Kojima made to make an established actor do the part. That's because this time there is actual acting involved with this new facial capture technology, and don't think that David Hayter has ever acted before.

Also if you pay close attention to Sutherland's tone of voice it would be easy for him to deliver Snake's groaning voice and it would be interesting to see a new take on it.

SirSlimyScrotum
SirSlimyScrotum

This doesn't make much sense, the guy that was leading Snake around the hospital in the gameplay sounded like Sunderland. 

chieflion
chieflion

tbh ill probably finally get into metal gear waterver the fuck cuz Kief the Chief is on deck

matastig
matastig

"currently in development for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3"

Taking how MGS4 was  about 39GB into account so:

PS3: 1 Disc

Xbox360: 5 to 6 Discs? (☉_☉)⊙.⊙) 

Just saying

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

I hope Kojima puts Sutherland's name on the box just to remind fans like me to stay away.

Fabregasgunner
Fabregasgunner

I Couldn't be happier- a top actor for a top game

Onines
Onines

BRING BACK DAVID  HAYTER!!! WHY YOU KEEP THE JAPANESE VOICE ACTOR FOR SNAKE!!!???? KOJIMMMMMMMAAAAA!!!!

asakapala15
asakapala15

Kojima is up to something ...im sure of it.. he can't just depise david hayter just like that.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

Not a fan of Kiefer, his work on the propaganda show 24 was mediocre at best. Hayter had that unique comical voice that matches the legendary silenced pistol wielding mullet man. I hope they do a remake of Metal gear with Hayter voicing Solid Snake in the future.

SKaREO
SKaREO

A needed change, and a bloody brilliant one at that! Amazing how high-profile the MGS series has become!

Mihilux
Mihilux

I've been a fan of the series since 1999... more than 10 years. I will watch some KF movies tonight to start getting used to it. I can not deny the feeling of seeing the soul of snake been replaced by another... David Hayter is also an actor and even more he is a director and producer he is very professional he delivered snake's personality trough his voice. Well I will trust Kojima but he didnt even mentioned the name of Hayter as seen in the video. They kinda despised him... something went wrong between Kojima and Hayter at some point that we cannot realize. It is a very tought decision to change a well known characters voice.... Hayter just want you to know you will awalys be Snake! 

roosteraxe1
roosteraxe1

This would have worked if Hayter hadn't originally done Naked Snake, but now... you're changing the character in the middle of the story. Liquid and Solidus both had different voices, so it would've been fine to have Big Boss have a different voice from the get-go. It would even have been alright jumping from MGS 3 to this one, claiming that time changed how he sounds and looks, but having had Peace Walker in between, it doesn't make much sense to change the character so drastically. Of course, maybe having Hayter do Snake for Ground Zeroes and Sutherland do him in Phantom Pain, you could explain the difference as changes caused by the long coma and the trauma his body endured from that. Kojima saying he wanted an actor closer to Snake's age in this doesn't make much sense. I know Hayter isn't in his late forties, but he's not exactly a young guy in his twenties either. I have faith Kojima will pull this off, but I think it's way too late in the game to change such a well established character like this.

VELZER
VELZER

I dont know i still have my doubts about it, maybe kojima is still playing with us so the only thing we left is to wait until the game come out but if this turn out to be true, i guess i will support it, i mean im a fan of the franchise since the beginning even if this will make me get nostalgic i will give it a try, perhaps it will be ok besides teorically at the age of 49 big boss voice has to change but i thought the voive of big boss at this age it was going to be richard doyle

andres_ak47
andres_ak47

If I dont like it I'll switch it to japanese.

MJ-X
MJ-X

I'm not sure if this is true or not but it looks like Hideo is pulling our leg big time, dont take my word for it but check this out:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2801934/

He is voicing a character named Ishmael.

gamemaven
gamemaven

This is the biggest insult to David Hayter and his fans. Fuck this game. I mean really, the guy wasn't even asked. Don't even make the fucking game if you're not going to include him. Do the fans hate him, think he sucks? People don't like it if actors are replaced in movies, so why would you accept it here? He had his chance to replace him a long time ago, there's a window where you get to make that decision. These people that say it's his shit so he gets to do what he wants are fucking idiots. Yeah lets just keep that same attitude for ALL movies and tv shows, and see how you like that. And Sutherland!? Anyone who thinks he can do a better job than Hayter is out of their fucking minds. Something is REALLY wrong here.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Can't please anyone.

I felt as robbed as the next guy when they said Hayter wasn't involved, but at least they got someone good for the part instead of pulling an Ubisoft and getting some no name frat boy to play the character

Nxss-effa-sim
Nxss-effa-sim

They can claim what they want but they probably got a deal from this alcoholic. I know what Kiefer's voice sounds like and it's a mismatch. Not to mention he's always one of two extremes: either very quiet or obnoxiously loud depending on the situation. Bottom line; the face doesn't match the voice and the voice isn't that good to begin with. I guess Kojima thinks all old white people sound like that. They might as well go with Ian McKellen--he's old--but at least he's good.

canoninja
canoninja

the truth is david's voice as snake will be missed, and i still believe he banged someones wife or girlfriend at Konami because the explanations for his change seem like a lot of bla bla bla to me

Bludders
Bludders

I hope this game doesn't turn into over hyped garbage i love mgs, but change voice make it free roam add vehicles. Probably said goodbye to fps view and then releasing ground zero for multiplat then showing mgs5 and lying about the name. Then announcing mgs5 and not for pc even tho ground zeros was. Then saying ground zeros is still a game that just seems forgotten about. What kind of marketing is this its just pissing me off. I like a lil bit of deception but not to bu lied straight up about something just to git it even more hype. I also read that kojima is trying to appeal to cod fans so moment i read that i figure game is prob dead but lets see if he can prove me wrong.

Wensea10
Wensea10

Let us hope that this new voice ctor will do his part...

Ken1path
Ken1path

no that's not what i'm saying, but suppose you didn't know either of the two actors ages you mean to tell me that David Hayter looks older than Sutherland. The fact of the matter is that technology is aimed at accuracy take LA Noire or even Heavy Rain more or less the same type of tech but you can't just go in and change someone's voice on the fly and expected to work. Botox or not Sutherland still looks older so the facial wrinkle animations will look more accurate on a older looking face. I'm not necessarily that Sutherland is betterr is better but for a new MGS with new tech behind it that's aimed at accurately re-creating facial animations on a male character in his late 40s I'd rather see Hayter play snake instead of big boss.

steviegthekop
steviegthekop

Come in David?  David are you okay?! Daaaaaaaavidd!!!!

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

Okay so he changed the voice. So what that does not mean that the game will not be a good game.. 

madmartigan117
madmartigan117

I don't even play Metal Gear Solid games, but I do like popcorn. 

Brutal_Gamer97
Brutal_Gamer97

@matastig i think it's their new engine that can make the game into multiplatform different than the engine they used for mgs4.. that's why it will also be released on xbox..  sucks though.. it could have been another great exclusive for sony lol

foxrock66
foxrock66

@roosteraxe1 Naked Snake is a diff voice in MGS 4. He's not going to go through that much of a vocal progression overnight, you need an in-between. Kiefer is a great choice for that, in my opinion.

foxrock66
foxrock66

@MJ-X That's been there since the first trailer debuted. The bandage-face guy is named Ishmael, and is likely a figment of Snake's imagination. They've been teasing young Psycho Mantis, so it's probs related

fringuello88
fringuello88

@gamemaven 

Look, Young Big Boss was voice by Hayter. Old Big Boss ( MGS4 epilogue) Was voiced by Richard Doyle. Big Boss isn't going to switch voices overnight between the two. Sutherland is an intermediate because Big Boss is aging. We all love Hayter and as far as I am concerned he IS Metal Gear Solid, but this makes sense and let's be real here. Keifer Sutherland has a bad ass voice.

foxrock66
foxrock66

@gamemaven Um James Bond?

Seriously calm down. I love Hayter, but honestly he's not much of an actor. We love him primarily because of nostalgia and familiarity. I'm sure Kiefer will pull this off very well. If you're going to pass on this over such a non-issue, then you're only hurting yourself.

At least they didn't go the Ubi route and get some random stuntman to do the voice

foxrock66
foxrock66

@Nxss-effa-sim They're using mocap and facial capture what do you mean the face doesn't match the voice? I mean c'mon, I'll miss Hayter too but they could have made a much worse choice. At least they didn't get Statham

foxrock66
foxrock66

@Bludders It's typical Kojima, bro. Don't trust anything until you actually play the game

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

@Brutal_Gamer97 Who cares about exclusives. Xbox is already cutting their own legs off by having a monitoring device that's not focused on gaming and restricts game ownership.

Nxss-effa-sim
Nxss-effa-sim

@foxrock66 @Nxss-effa-sim 

They're capturing Kiefer's facial expressions they're not using his actually face in the game. I'm not saying Hayter is the only one who can play Snake, I'm just saying Kiefer is a mismatch. This is true of everyday life too. Humans have expectations on how someone will sound based on their appearance and personality and it doesn't match. Imagine Jim Carry lending his voice to Master Chief.

gamemaven
gamemaven

@Dredcrumb9 @foxrock66 Too true, lucky bastard that's gotten by on his looks his whole life. Sheen had problems and an attitude, but many people including myself prefer him over Kutch.

foxrock66
foxrock66

@gamemaven @foxrock66 Cute. 

First, Bond is a character not a movie. A character in a series of films of varying quality. Yes, there's been many actors who've played Bond. That's my point, dipwad. Some have been great, others not so great, but the series remains extremely popular despite this. This is exactly what I expect will happen with MGS and Sutherland.

Your second question is completely asinine and off base so let me reword it so it fits in the context of your attempted argument. Because we aren't talking about going back and changing Snake's voice in an existing game. This is a new game in an existing series.

"Would you care if a character played by Reeves, Shatner, Stewart etc in a long running series was played by someone else in future installments?"

Nope. In fact, it's already been done with Shatner. He's not Kirk in the new Trek films, now is he? As for Sheen, the man was an unfunny moron and I was glad to see him go. Next question, dearie?

JudgementEden
JudgementEden

You're a moron. Without Kojima there wouldnt be a Metal Gear in the first place. Take your large head out of your shit encrusted ass.