Major Zero VA: Reason For Hayter’s Replacement as Snake is Ludicrous and Insane

Jim Piddock says it’s “apples and oranges” at the end of the day though.

Posted By | On 17th, Jul. 2015 Under News

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The Metal Gear Solid 5 saga has been one of confusion and strange twists, even before series creator Hideo Kojima was revealed to be leaving. There’s the curious case of David Hayter, who voiced Solid Snake and Big Boss throughout the series, not reprising his role as the latter in Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. Instead, Big Boss will be played by Kiefer Sutherland of 24 fame.

According to an interview that Kiefer Sutherland did for GameSpot, Kojima wanted an actor in his late 40s with mo-cap capabilities for the “new” Snake. This is especially odd when you consider that Hayter is also in his late 40s.

Jim Piddock, who voices Major Zero in the series and chose not to reprise his role in the series following an “insulting offer” Konami, gave his own take on the situation in an interview with YongYea. Concerning Hayter being replaced, Piddock said, “That is ludicrous. Seriously, There comes a point where you go…people are either foolish or they are not…it’s just ridiculous. It’s insane.”

He did acknowledge Sutherland’s acting, stating that, “He is a good actor but where is the loyalty?”

Further elucidating on Sutherland, Piddock said, “He is terrific and I did a show with him and he slammed me against a wall and beat me up. He is great and terrific but again it’s apples and oranges, some people like apples and some oranges. He is different from David and its like James Bonds, some people like some better than the others.”

What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know in the comments. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be out on September 1st for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 with a PC release on September 15th.

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  • lulzprime

    Except, David Hayter is not like James Bond where you can replace him every 15 years or so.

  • Tommy Murphy

    Look I love Hayter, for me he will always be “Solid Snake”, but you’ve got to admit he came across as very hacky in MGS 4 and Peace Walker! His gravely voice came across as ridiculously forced.. From what I’ve played, I like Keifers voice. And the trailers really give you a sense of the facial acting being top notch!

    Jim Piddock done a great job as Zero in Snake Eater, but as much of a good job he done he’s an actor who does not know or care about the Metal Gear Solid franchise, you can tell this from the Codec interview he done! He’s been critical of Konami for his perceived slight they showed him with the money they offered him for TPP so to come out and say this about Hayter strikes as opportunistic!

    As I said, piddock was very good as zero but the final TPP trailer showed off Zeroes new voice, and it fits the character more! At the end of the day I trust in Kojima’s direction

  • Dylan Harris

    Yuck, I’d take hayter over Sutherland ANY day. Sutherland’s acting in mgs hasn’t sold me one bit and I’m still praying it’s all a elaborate hoax.

    • Jason Mounce

      Cause GZ was enough evidence to condemn Keifer? By all means, I was against it at first, but by hearing some more lines in PP, I felt it was awesome. Take for instance his quote in Quiets’ trailer where he says “When the time comes, I’ll pull the trigger” (Don’t forget the lip-smack noise inbetween)

      Him saying that line – SOLD me. It was perfect. Can’t we just bloody settle it with saying Keifer should’ve been Big Boss all along and Hayter is STILL Solid Snake? It was a mistake, if not a hoax of Venom being Grey Fox, which I’ll still theorize about til I play the game for myself – that if Keifer IS now Big Boss for real, he just of course should’ve been picked for MGS3 and Peacewalker, no one would’ve complained if that were what happened.


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