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.