Hayter: It Will Be Painful To Play Through Metal Gear Solid 5, Possibly Hints Colonel’s Appearance

“I am thrilled. I had a run that voice actors dream of.”

Posted By | On 13th, Mar. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


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Fraggednation recently got the chance to interview the voice behind Solid Snake [and previously Big Boss], David Hayter. David has previously stated that he has played almost every game in the series but having said that will he play Metal Gear Solid 5?

“No, It’s too painful. I mean my friend Otacon is doing it, and the Colonel and all these people, so no. I think it will be too painful. It looks beautiful and they have this big epic world but I have got many other things to do than torture myself by playing some other Metal Gear game,” he said.

Wait a second…did he just mentioned the Colonel…Roy Campbell? So far we have no confirmation that Paul Eiding, the voice of Campbell who also is a good friend of Hayter will be making an appearance in The Phantom Pain. But given the setting, wouldn’t Campbell be too young to be voiced by Eiding? So there are two possibilities. Either Hayter stated that by mistake or he knows something that we don’t know.

He also stated that his entire run as Snake has been great and he is honored to be replaced by Kiefer Sutherland.

“People don’t understand that as a screenwriter I get fired 2-3 times a year so it was painful for me not to write X-Men 3 for example but it’s the nature of the business. The franchise is changing and the elements are changing, and you can’t take it personally, and I don’t take it personally. I have always been a big fan of Kiefer Sutherland and am so honored that it took somebody like that replace me. Those games were so good and I am so honored to be a part of them and it was such a beautiful wrap up with Metal Gear Solid 4. I am thrilled. I had a run that voice actors dream of.”

And even if he does not come back in future games, he will be fine with it. “So it goes in the future, then great, I love the world and I love the fans and if it doesn’t that’s life and it makes the things that came before even more special.”

There has been some discussion within the Metal Gear Solid community that Hayter should not have voiced Big Boss to begin with, however Hayter disagrees stating that they are clones. In fact, he just had a discussion with Kris Zimmerman, the voice director of previous Metal Gear Solid games including The Phantom Pain, regarding this subject.

“I just had this argument with Kris Zimmerman, 3-4 days ago and she said that “by that logic you should have been Liquid, you should have been Solidus, should have been this and that.” Okay, well, shut up.”

For me this is kind of odd that Hayter is still discussing this particular role with the the voice director, specially given that its been two over years since Hayter was replaced. I might be totally wrong on this but there is far too much noise made regarding the VA change and Hayter’s continuous teasing and interviews is only adding more fuel to the fire.

Personally, I think this is just a cover up. I firmly believe that Hayter will be reprising his role as Solid Snake and The Phantom Pain will jump across multiple timelines. After all Kojima has stated once again that this is his final Metal Gear Solid game, one that will tie up all loose ends. And I think he is serious this time, given that he is already on working on something new after almost 28 years, a new Silent Hill game.

Regardless, we will see how this drama unfolds. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain comes out on September 1st, 2015.


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  • d0x360

    This is either a very long troll and Hayter is in the game or the guy is the worlds biggest baby cause all he does is whije about mgs.

    I’m going to with troll. There’s no way a professional like him would while to the press constantly like this. He’s been doing it for the better part of a year. Seems more like a cheap easy way to get the game some constant free press without having to actually show anything new.

    • GamingBolt

      Personally, I think this drama is going on for too long now. It’s blatantly obvious that he is in it. I mean, who keeps on stretching stuff for over 2 years!

    • d0x360

      Yea he’d have to be crazy to keep going on about it.

    • Matt

      I’d like to believe that but at the same time Hayter has a somewhat big head about himself and MGS has been his cash cow for over a decade now with Guyver being his only claim to fame before then. It can be interpreted in multiple ways… most of his fans and MGS fans in general want to believe that he’s trolling; maybe he is but it won’t be known until September unless there’s a massive reveal at E3. On another note his actions on twitter and the like could be entirely his own… trying to rally his fanbase into shining a negative light on Kojima and the MGS series because he’s bitter that he’s been replaced by better talent. There really isn’t any rhyme or reason to the actions that celebrities take… everything is about attention otherwise they fall into obscurity.

    • Impossible2beat

      David Hayter is a screenwriter, he wrote X-Men 1, Co wrote X2, wrote a a script for Watchmen that Alan Moore said was the closest he could see to it being done right. got a co-wrighting credit on Watchmen. Now he is creating writing and will be the showrunner of a show on FOX. MGS is his vanity project, that he did on the side. Also Keifer Sutherland’s incredibly generic performance is not even close to as good as Hayter, which if they replaced Hayter fine, but thank god I guess Big Boss wont be talking a lot because Keifer Sutherland in Ground Zeroes and all the trailers is like the most workmanlike performance he could give. Mainly this is a comment to rebuke your obvious ignorance about what David Hayters career actually is. Also David Hayter has never once said any negative thing about Kojima, and he cant help it that fans on twitter ask him about Metal Gear.

    • Matt

      MGS is his vanity project… right. I bet he made more money voicing Snake in MGS4 than all three of those writing credits combined. If X1 and X2 are any indication of his writing skills then you’ll know why the latest movie went back and made the first 3 movies irrelevant.

    • Impossible2beat

      X1 and X2 are considered two of the best superhero movies that have ever been made. Also your comment on how much you think he and voice actors make is hilarious. You know nothing about pay for voice acting in video games. 200 bucks an hour for 3 voices. That’s what there guild could make minimum for voice actors the WGA minimum on a script is over 50,000.

    • Matt

      >X1 and X2 are considered two of the best superhero movies that have ever been made

  • Jason Mounce

    The article title is misleading. It’s not even what he says and has been warped out of context compared to the quote that you partially got written down. The way you word it makes it sound like he will play it, but it will be painful to him.

    He never suggests he’d play it and this is the question and his quote is infact:

    Yong: “When you look at MGS5, do you like what you see and is it something you’d be willing to play, just as the guy who likes games and not as David Hayter who used to play Snake?”

    His response being: “I think that would be too painful, it looks beautiful and they never short-change you – I got many other things to do than torture myself by playing ‘some other Metal Gear game'”

    You saying “It Will Be Painful To Play Through Metal Gear Solid 5” is completely different from what he said. As saying ‘It will be too painful’ is very much different from “That WOULD be too painful”. One means Yes but Ow, the other means “No because Ow”. He will not be playing it at all.

    I’d suggest you change the article title.


 

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