David Hayter: "Not My Choice" To Give Up Solid Snake

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David Hayter: "Not My Choice" To Give Up Solid Snake

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David Hayter says the idea of hearing someone else's voice coming from Solid Snake in Metal Gear V "makes me a little ill."

Some videogame characters are just about inextricably tied to their voice actors. James McCaffrey as Max Payne, for instance, or Stephen Russell as Garrett; there's also John J. Dick as Serious Sam, Jon St. John as Duke Nukem and of course David Hayter as Solid Snake, the man who is The Man in Metal Gear. But it came to light last week that Hayter won't be returning to the role for Metal Gear V; when asked, following the release of the debut trailer, if Konami had attempted to hire him to reprise the role, he responded with a simple, "Nope."

Hayter has now expanded on that response in a statement released today, in which he says he was told by a member of the Metal Gear production team, without reason or explanation, that his services would not be required for the new game - a decision that left him "bummed."

"To be clear, I love being a part of the world of Metal Gear. I admire its technological innovations, the gameplay, the political message of it all. But primarily, I love the fans of these games. Two grown men burst into tears upon meeting me at the Vancouver Fan Expo last year," Hayter wrote. "Now that... Is a rare and excellent role. You know you're making an impact. And I love doing it."

"If it were my choice, I would do this role forever. To hear anyone else's voice coming from Snake's battered throat, makes me a little ill, to be honest," he continued. "But the truth is -- it's not my choice. Any and all casting decisions are the sole purview of Hideo Kojima, and Konami itself. And that's fair. And I'll get by. I am not lacking for employment on any level. But I didn't want anybody to think that I was intentionally abandoning them. And know that I will miss this job, and this character, very much."

The decision to exclude Hayter from a character he's voiced for nine games over 15 years is both unfortunate and, at least as far as I can tell, utterly inexplicable. And while I'm never one to trample on hope, the fact that Hayter is speaking out on the matter suggests that a dramatic change-of-mind such as Rockstar had with Max Payne 3 - it originally announced that a new voice actor would take over the role before opting to bring McCaffrey back - is unlikely. From the outside looking in it's a strange move, and for fans of the franchise, a real shame, too.

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April fools... Please?
Hayter is solid snake don't try to fix something so gloriously not broken

I am kind of skeptical about this... I know there was the posts about this days before but why is he calling it Metal Gear V and not Metal Gear Solid 5...? Just a thought...

As someone who is opposed to this change, based on the evidence presented to us, I would like to promote the petition to bring Hayter back!

As far as I can see, the only reason that Kojima got rid of him was because he, or someone else in Kojipro or Konami did not like him anymore. The new actor sounds like a pale comparison to Snake (As evidenced here) and doesn't even sound older, which would be logical.

The only thing I want is either Hayter back on the project or answers. Why doesn't Kojima want Hayter anymore?

And before anyone says "Kojima wants to reinvent the franchise and so wanted new actors, so respect his decisions" then take note Kojima is only changing Hayter, not the Japanese Snake or any of the cast revealed so far like Miller. Only Hayter. Besides, tossing out actors when you tire of them while people still love them strikes me as a very evil director.

I have never been upset at any decision Kojima has made before, not even at anything that happened in MGS4, but damn I don't want to see Hayter go. He IS Snake to us. It'd be like casting a new Indiana Jones for a new movie that is still set in the regular Indy canon. Like imagine a film set after the third one. Sean Connery is there all normal then on comes Clint Eastwood doing his best Harrison Ford impression. It's not right and it's pointless.

We are not ready for a world without the true Snake!

Calumon: He has such a nice beard... : (

This is actually old news. This was first brought up last week when the trailer came out. Its unfortunate, but true. We don't want to see Hayter go, but Kojima Studios had someone different in mind this time. :/ Ah well, we'll miss ya Hayter. No one can replace that iconic voice.

Read Hayter's quotes in Snake's voice. Also; I may be a little behind the times, there's going to be a fifth Metal Gear Solid? I was kindof under the impression there wasn't much left to do at the end of MGS4, give or take some fighting going on with the financial thing Drebin was monologueing about at the end.

This makes little sense to me. Then again, most things born from Hideo Kojima's mind make little sense to me.

Let's hope this all turns out to be just some crafty misdirection. I'm not sure I'm ready to hear another voice come out of Snake, whether he be Naked or Solid.

LaughingAtlas:
Read Hayter's quotes in Snake's voice. Also; I may be a little behind the times, there's going to be a fifth Metal Gear Solid? I was kindof under the impression there wasn't much left to do at the end of MGS4, give or take some fighting going on with the financial thing Drebin was monologueing about at the end.

From what we've seen so far MGS5 is supposedly going to take place somewhere between the events of Peace Walker and the original Metal Gear.

I'll freely admit I'm not much of a fan of the Metal Gear games, but this decision strikes even me as abject stupidity. Hayter IS Solid Snake- he's handled the role for a decade and a half, and he's definitely made it his own. This is as if Peter Jackson suddenly decided that Ian McKellen just "wasn't the right fit" to play Gandalf in The Hobbit.

And why hasn't Kojima said anything about this yet?

I know that this stuff was brought up a while ago, but I'm still hoping this is just a giant long pre-April April fools joke. like the whole phantom pain trailer thing.

Proverbial Jon:
This makes little sense to me. Then again, most things born from Hideo Kojima's mind make little sense to me.

Let's hope this all turns out to be just some crafty misdirection. I'm not sure I'm ready to hear another voice come out of Snake, whether he be Naked or Solid.

If you want to be technical about it, yes we have heard a different voice coming out of Naked Snake. MGS4 had Big Boss voiced by Richard Doyle. Although, I assume that was just because it would be odd to hear Hayter talking to Hayter.

I think a petition is a bit far to be honest. I find it saddening that he won't be returning but what's done is done.

Andy Chalk:
David Hayter: "Not My Choice" To Give Up Solid Snake

Have we seen any evidence that Solid Snake is in the game? It was Big Boss in the trailer who was voiced by Hayter, but also by another dude in 4. I don't know if it sounds like Hayter would have any inside info on that

8bitmaster:

Proverbial Jon:
This makes little sense to me. Then again, most things born from Hideo Kojima's mind make little sense to me.

Let's hope this all turns out to be just some crafty misdirection. I'm not sure I'm ready to hear another voice come out of Snake, whether he be Naked or Solid.

If you want to be technical about it, yes we have heard a different voice coming out of Naked Snake. MGS4 had Big Boss voiced by Richard Doyle. Although, I assume that was just because it would be odd to hear Hayter talking to Hayter.

And that's probably why Big Boss/Naked Snake isn't being voiced by Hayter in MGSV. They're transitioning over to Richard Doyle's voice.

I don't know why everyone seems to be getting so upset over this. It's not like Hayter is never going to voice Solid Snake again. Just wait for the eventual remakes of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.

Well... fangs for the memories. Hopefully we'll be able to make some more in the future.

Jack and Calumon:
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I've got to say, I agree with all of this.

I can't think of any reason why they shouldn't have him as Snake.

I really hope that Kojima, and Konami see the error of their ways and hire Hayter back (as unlikely as it may seem) because the man just is Snake, and even knowing that it isn't the same guy - no matter how good he may be - will hinder the experience for Metal Gear Solid fans such as myself

The Rogue Wolf:
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And why hasn't Kojima said anything about this yet?

He has though. He said, should I be remembering correctly, that he wanted a new voice to match the new direction that the game was taking (by which I assume he means the open world nature of it). Which to me, of course, is utter bullsheet. That gruff delivery is the big identifiable feature for the Snake clan, and neither age or "point of time" can give an excuse as to why there is a shift.

I do say it would probably be fair to give the new voice a chance, but come on! We're gamers! And I for one certainly don't want to see Hayter go quietly into that dark night...

<cue Hayter's Snake saying "Dark night...?">

8bitmaster:

Proverbial Jon:
This makes little sense to me. Then again, most things born from Hideo Kojima's mind make little sense to me.

Let's hope this all turns out to be just some crafty misdirection. I'm not sure I'm ready to hear another voice come out of Snake, whether he be Naked or Solid.

If you want to be technical about it, yes we have heard a different voice coming out of Naked Snake. MGS4 had Big Boss voiced by Richard Doyle. Although, I assume that was just because it would be odd to hear Hayter talking to Hayter.

I always thought having two completely different characters voiced by the same man in a very distinct manner was played very tongue-in-cheek. I know Snake is technically a clone of Big Boss and all that but it still felt like Kojima was always somewhere at the back giving us the nudge-nudge wink-wink where this was concerned.

Considering the impact that scene was supposed to have in MGS4, I can see why they didn't just have Snake talk to Snake. It would have been comical more than anything else. Besides, after all that time you can expect Big Boss to sound different. I'm just not sure I'm happy with outing David Hayter for someone doing a poor impression of David Hayter... that makes no sense.

Here's one thing I was thinking.... all we know is Hayter isn't coming back to voice Big Boss (or Naked Snake). Maybe if they bring Solid back for any other missions (say for remakes of the original 2 metal gears, or some in between games like they're doing with Naked), maybe Hayter will be back. As far as we know, Hayter just isn't coming back for 5. We don't know that he's gone for good.

Why do companies always do this? Reminds me of the time that the they replaced Micheal Ironside with some guy in Splinter Cell: Blacklist who sounds like he's trying really, really hard to be Micheal Ironside.

Would it be childish of me to not buy the new Metal Gear if they don't hire David? I mean I even thought MGS4 was tolerable if just being the next logical step in the MGS universe? Even if it's kinda corny and bad in places? I still got enjoyment out of it. With Hayter still alive, and not being allowed to be Snake, takes away the experience. This is the guy who gave up half of his paycheck to get almost the entire cast back for Twin Snakes, this guy loved his role.

I feel a big mistake made in the reporting and response to this is saying he is no longer voicing solid snake. The character in MGV and Ground Zeroes is Big Boss or Naked Snake. NOT Solid Snake. So him or anyone else saying "im not doing solid snake in mgv" is fine as for all we know that guy isnt in it.

I know its a matter of symanitcs but it is kinda important. I'm pretty bummed at the news he wont be involved anymore, and can only continue to hope. Which sucks cause there few things worse than false hope.

This actually makes sense when you think about it. There will be two new MGS games. Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. In Ground Zeroes we play as Big Boss. And GZ is the prequel to TPP. The game is set in the time period when Big Boss was already cloned. So it wouldn't be surprising to see Solid Snake at some point. If not in GZ then definitely in TPP. So if we have both characters at the same time, one of them would have to be voiced by someone other than David.

I don't believe for a second that Kojima will leave David out completely. I think they will have Richard Doyle doing the voice of Big Boss and David doing the voice of Solid Snake.

But if I'm wrong and if they truly decided to leave him out of MGS, then MGS is dead to me.

Adam Jensen:
I don't want to play an MGS game without David voicing Snake. If they don't bring him back they can say goodbye to at least one fan.

More than one fan.

Adam Jensen:
This actually makes sense when you think about it. There will be two new MGS games. Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. In Ground Zeroes we play as Big Boss. And GZ is the prequel to TPP. The game is set in the time period when Big Boss was already cloned. So it wouldn't be surprising to see Solid Snake at some point. If not in GZ then definitely in TPP. So if we have both characters at the same time, one of them would have to be voiced by someone other than David.

I don't believe for a second that Kojima will leave David out completely. I think they will have Richard Doyle doing the voice of Big Boss and David doing the voice of Solid Snake.

I was of the impression that The Phantom Pain segment was merely the tutorial part of Ground Zeroes, the whole thing just being called MGS5.

If the change in VA is for the reason to have Big Boss sound different to Solid Snake, why the sudden change? Hayster was Big Boss in MGS3, which is regarded as the best of the series. Unless there's going to be Big Boss- Solid Snake interaction, this change is unnecessary, and serves only to anger a large amount of the fanbase.

If it's just down to wanting a "new direction" by Kojima, then he has to realise that even if he was never satisfied with the VAs previously, he's built up the character of Snake/Big Boss with Hayter's voice, and the removal of that is a blow to people's immersion and love of the character.

Wait didn't he ask his fans before this news if they were okay if he didn't do the voice for snake in Ground Zeroes?

I dont get it Kojima just wants a different VA for Big Boss right? It makes sense since they seem to be going full circle to Metal Gear 1 & 2 and they cant have Big Boss and Solid Snake with the same VA if they are talking to each other.

I read a blog where someone theorised that this is in fact just more misdirection from Kojima, and Hayter is in on it too. It points out that the possibility of Hayter returning hasn't been completely ruled out, and that there have been possible hints that he may in fact be coming back. I'm far from the most well versed on the series, but I think it makes for a compelling argument:

http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/kmax/are-kojima-and-hayter-trolling--250049.phtml

So it's true, then. Hayter won't play Big Boss, and it makes story sense why. What's he gonna work on now? I just hope he's now able to get his Black Widow solo movie off the ground.

This is still because we don't like Raiden isn't it...

The whole Big Boss thing makes no sense as Snake voiced him in all the other damn Big Boss games... so why not this one? What the hell Kojima?

LaughingAtlas:
Read Hayter's quotes in Snake's voice. Also; I may be a little behind the times, there's going to be a fifth Metal Gear Solid? I was kindof under the impression there wasn't much left to do at the end of MGS4, give or take some fighting going on with the financial thing Drebin was monologueing about at the end.

It's as much a sequel as Metal Gear Solid 3 is, being set after Peace Walker.

And to the people who say, "he shouldn't voice because it's big boss" , David Voiced big boss in Metal Gear Solid 3. David voiced old Snake who by all means should have been in his 70s due to his accelerated aging. By Phantom Pain/Ground Zeroes/5 Big Boss should only be in his late 40s. Unless you want him to already be voiced by Richard Doyle, he is still young enough to use David's voice. Giving him a third voice actor between the transition would be kinda off setting.

For people claiming David will return as Solid Snake, and that it's only Big Boss who's getting a voice change, we've been given evidence to suggest otherwise.

Akio Otsuka, the Japanese voice actor for both Big Boss and Solid Snake, has been confirmed to be reprising his roles in the next game, where Haytor will not be.

What this means is that it is not just a character voice change to differentiate between Big Boss and Solid Snake, they are simply kicking Haytor out. The English actor has been changed but the Japanese actor remains the same, which clearly tells us they just don't want Haytor's voice in the next game.
This also means that what Kojima has said about this being representative of the change in game style is pretty much bullshit.

Anyway, on the other hand, I would love for this to just be an elaborate hoax between Kojima and Haytor, which I wouldn't put past them. I mean Haytor has not only voiced the entire Solid series but even physically acted in 4!

Maybe this another attempt by Kojima to end the franchise so he can make other stuff. He tried to end it with 4 by actually ending the story, now he's going to try to end it by alienating the fanbase.

It could still be a joke... However, Kojima has confirmed that Hayter wont be back. Kind of seems a little too mich to be a joke. Apparently he wanted to recreate the series, despite the fact that the Japanese Snake wont be changing. I don't know about the other versions of Snake, though.

8bitmaster:

If you want to be technical about it, yes we have heard a different voice coming out of Naked Snake. MGS4 had Big Boss voiced by Richard Doyle. Although, I assume that was just because it would be odd to hear Hayter talking to Hayter.

Odd, but awesome. I'm not a huge fan of the franchise, but I'd love to see Hayter v Hayter.

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