Metal Gear Solid 5 Actor Kiefer Sutherland Praises Gaming As "Next Frontier" Of Entertainment

"This is arguably one of the most exciting new frontiers in entertainment," he says about games.

24 actor Kiefer Sutherland, who is playing Snake in the upcoming open-world/sandbox game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, is quite enthusiastic about the medium of video games. Writing on the "celebrity comments" section of the game's website, Sutherland said he thinks the future is bright for video games.

"This is arguably one of the most exciting new frontiers in entertainment," he said. "It was an honor and a privilege to work with [Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima] who is at its forefront."

Sutherland's comments were recently added to the Metal Gear Solid V website. Other Hollywood celebrities who gushed about The Phantom Pain, and specifically its epic E3 trailer, included key creative people behind acclaimed franchises like Spider-Man, The Walking Dead, and Pacific Rim. You can read all of those comments in this story from late June.

The Phantom Pain is currently in development for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Publisher Konami has not announced a release date for the game just yet. According to Kojima, the game's world is about 200 times bigger than that of predecessor Ground Zeroes, which launched in March for past- and current-generation consoles.

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thekillabunny
thekillabunny

It makes me wonder if Kiefer actually read the script before he agreed to do it. I'm not refraining from buying MGSV because of a change in voice actor. I'm not buying it because it's basically misogynistic trash! ^^

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

F u ck a Keifer, srsly. First this guy replaces an icon, then he proceeds with outdated by 30 years comments.

jyml8582
jyml8582

I wonder what Jack Bauer thinks of the video games.

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

"New frontier", lol. I was being blown away by Metal Gear Solid 1 back in 1998, along with many other games long before that.

Zloth2
Zloth2

New frontier??  It's, like, 35 years old! 

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

I remember when I felt like that... not so much lately... and not after the abysmal e3 2014.... it was like one big commercial for fall of 2015, and thats like if nothing gets delayed, which will probably happen... so "meh!"

chriswilkes509
chriswilkes509

I hope it is long than Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeros. It also has an aweosome story. 

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

What would he know about it? He's providing a flat voice to Kojima's simplification.

lightrade
lightrade

lol I seriously don't understand people complaining about David Hayter. 

In Metal Gear Solid 4, Old Big Boss was not voiced by Hayter.


Solidus, the perfect clones of Big Boss, was not voiced by Hayter.

So it would only make sense that Big Boss's voice would change as he ages unlike Solid Snake.  Plus Kiefer is a better actor.

AssaultMonkey9
AssaultMonkey9

Richard Doyle as big boss in MGS4 was really great IMO

nesky
nesky

No David no buy. Sorry Kiefer, I just can't do it...

DaN_WiL
DaN_WiL

Still miss David Hayter.

elkoldo
elkoldo

Eddie I can't believe you wrote four paragraphs ,in a news article on the homepage , about a pointless two-sentence statement (from someone like Sutherland that is !) which is posted on a pointless website.

Seriously ,isn't there any other news out there in the games' industry to cover ?

gajbutler
gajbutler

Shame MGS isn't at the forefront of story telling in games any more, just got stupider and stupider as the series went on.

repetitiousv2
repetitiousv2

are we suppose to believe this is personal opinion and not paid advertisement....i mean they have a spot just got celebrity comments, they dont work for free.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

...If gaming is "arguably one of the most exciting new frontiers in entertainment", then what are the other ones? I'm seriously curious. TV and movies can't really be called new frontiers, and anything else is much older than that.

I mean, I can't think of a "new frontier in entertainment" other than gaming, so the fact that he can't even say gaming is THE best new frontier makes his comment pretty meaningless.

souporman-
souporman-

I like Kiefer and I like that he's enthusiastic about games, but playing him millions of dollars to be a much lesser voice of BigBoss/Snake is probably the worst decision Hideo Kojima has ever made. I be okay with the game being delayed another 2 years even if we could have David Hayter back.

oldsnake90
oldsnake90

@thekillabunny its just a new actor. like the 007 movies he changed the actor so the game will look more realistic with the fox engine. Kojima is making it so it will be good. 

oldsnake90
oldsnake90

@Morphine_OD its not kiefer's fault because Kojima wants to make his games to look better and show emotions.

megawalrus
megawalrus

@lightrade Do you honestly know what solidus, old big boss, solid liquid boss, liquid solid-liquid solidus snake, etc. are? The game made NO sense at all. The story was like someone read a book and then recollected it drunkenly while having half of their brain in another dimension being operated on 50 years later

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

@nesky Kiefer is now Naked Snake, Hayter is now Solid Snake.....get used to it. 

unreal849
unreal849

@gajbutler  It's always been a little stupid. The thing that's different now is that we're no longer impressionable kids/teenagers being blown away by the first MGS.


I went back and replayed MGS 1, 2, and 3 recently. The games were great, but the dialogue sounded like it came from a ham-fisted, poorly translated anime.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@repetitiousv2 I think this is just like every employee not bad mouthing his own company and their products, because that's not professional. So yeah, everyone who works for someone is bound to praise them, because that's part of the job.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@tableofjapan You should never buy a game because of a voice actor, true.


But MAN can bad voice actors ruin anything.  Let's hope Bauer didn't phone this one in.

souporman-
souporman-

@tableofjapan Well, I for one am still buying the game because I love Metal Gear. But still, I already know that, no matter how good V is, it would have been better to me with David Hayter as the voice actor.

SaQu1B
SaQu1B

@souporman- LOL have you seen 24? Kiefer Sutherland is an awesome actor. He is very talented and deserves the role. 

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@oldsnake90 yeah, because overdubbing with Hayter some unknown actor's facial capture is not an option and will cost times as much, even more than hiring a Hollywood actor and paying him for stupid promotion in pathetic damage control attempt.

Ertrick36
Ertrick36

@megawalrus @lightrade This response almost makes me think that YOU are drunk...


The story of the game literally has nothing to do with what this person just said.  You're just venting your displeasure for the Metal Gear franchise with practically no cause to do so.

sexyragu
sexyragu

@unreal849 @gajbutler I think the cheesy dialogue is part of the spirit of MGS, but I feel as though Kojima is trying too hard with The Phantom Pain.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@unreal849 @jake198624 I rarely ever read long comments, unless they seem like they're worth reading and I can tell if that's the case pretty quick.

souporman-
souporman-

@jake198624 @souporman- As much of a 24 fanboy as Kojima is, I would not doubt that Kiefer got at least a million. Especially considering the whole Ground Zeroes $30 demo fiasco.

souporman-
souporman-

@SaQu1B @souporman- Didn't I say I liked him? I did, which means I am familiar with his acting. But I've played Ground Zeroes 100% and seen all of the video footage and he simply is not a better VOICE actor than David Hayter and certainly not a better voice for Big Boss. And nobody deserves the role more than Hayter; He is part of what has made the series so great since MGS on PSX... he's a huge part of that and if you can't recognize that then you can't recognize quality.

oldsnake90
oldsnake90

@Morphine_OD @oldsnake90 like i said its kojima that chose Kiefer. Kojima is the director and he can do what ever he wants. he wants this game to be the next step in Metal Gear since David Hayter is a Screenwriter and not a hollywood movie actor. just let it go. MGS5 will be amazing with kiefer in it.

sanchango
sanchango

@nesky @NbAlIvEr10000 or...you can buy the game and mute the sound! it'll be quiet(aside from the possible rumble from your controller)! :P

oldsnake90
oldsnake90

@souporman- @SaQu1B thats your opinion we all have one. but truely people loved Metal Gear which had no voice acting. and in MGS4 Big Boss was voiced by Richard Dole and Kiefer is way better than the MGS4 Big Boss in my opinion. but David Hayter is a great voice for snake but it will ruin his voice when he did MGS4. 

souporman-
souporman-

@tableofjapan @PS4andXoneGamer @souporman- It's Kojima-san's creation but he's creating it because he wants our money. He wanted to move on from Metal Gear YEARS ago but it's too much of a cash cow for him. I'm not saying he's entirely in it for the money; I do believe that he still loves Metal Gear, and like and respect the man very much so, but using Sutherland in place of Hayter is a slap in the face to the fans who have grown to love and expect Hayter to play the role. By your logic, Kojima is just saying, "Well, it's my ball so I'm taking it and going home but I still want my money."

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@oldsnake90 you can't read, can you? Any aspiring actor could do quality facial capture and then David Hayter could overdub his legendary voicework over it, just like the Japanese version on MGS5 will do with this Kiefer. And BTW David Hayter is an actor too, I've enjoyed his work in Guyver 2. Kojima just tries to sell his game to the casual western crowd who know Kiefer and don't give a crap about MGS legacy. If it wasn't for than, he could have hired ANY DECENT ACTOR OUT THERE, not an overrated and overpaid US Hollywood star

oldsnake90
oldsnake90

@souporman- @tableofjapan @PS4andXoneGamer Kiefer Sutherland is a Hollywood actor. David Hayter isn't he is just a Screenwriter. so Kiefer knows how to so emotions more than Hayter with out it looking goofy. Since the Fox Engine uses facial capture they want to show emotions more than saying how they feel about the situation. He Grew on me when i played Ground Zeroes. The game is still going to be amazing.

oldsnake90
oldsnake90

@Morphine_OD @oldsnake90 yes they could but it wouldn't match his voice. like in MGS4 with snakes or anyones lips or hell look at a japanese movies with english voice over or even some anime that don't sync the lips.  i just dont know why people are like im not buying this game without David hayter. But times change and so does Metal Gear. Kojima wanted to try something new.

oldsnake90
oldsnake90

@nesky @sanchango @NbAlIvEr10000 its a game. after peace walker though MGS4 he had different voice actors and they weren't David Hayter. even Solidus which was a Perfect Clone of Big Boss didn't. i just find it quite funny that you wont buy a game that might be one of the Best Metal Gears to date because they changed the Voice actor to match Big Bosses age. instead of ruining David Hayters Voice box like he did in MGS4 (and thats why he big boss sounds super old in Peace Walker as well.)

soilworker651
soilworker651

@oldsnake90 @nesky @sanchango @NbAlIvEr10000 I liked Hayter's performance up to MGS3, but regardless of reasons, his performance was inexcusably terrible in MGS4 and PW.  Even though it sucks how Hayter was given the cold shoulder by Konami and Kojima, I'm glad Kiefer Sutherland is voicing Big Boss.  Now it doesn't sound like he's trying to squeeze off a 70 foot turd whenever he (seldomly) speaks.