Game Informer hosted a special edition Podcast on “the inside story of recording Metal Gear Solid” a couple of days ago. The voice actors including David Hayter (Snake) and Cam Clarke (Liquid) were also part of the show.
It seems like David Hayter, the man behind Snakes’ voice in all the Metal Gear Solid games until Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has no love left for Hideo Kojima.
He said, “I was kinda hoping that Konami would take me back now that he was gone.”
How can we forget David Hayter’s dramatic voice and tones which gave the multiple Snakes in different Metal Gear Solid games their identity? However, Hayter was replaced by Keifer Sutherland in the last installment of the franchise and he was obviously humiliated.
In his interview on the podcast, Hayter mentioned about asking one of the producers what was needed from him in the game (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain) only to get a negative reply. The producer said that he wasn’t needed at that moment for the game and he was informed later that they were going to recast.
He also added that creator of the game, Hideo Kojima wanted to rope in actor Kurt Russel to play Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3 but failed.
“They tried to do that before and it never worked,” Hayter said.
Even if the replacement wasn’t a pure surprise for him, he was still embarrassed.
“It’s horrible. It’s humiliating,” he said.
Hayter certainly doesn’t want to go back and work with Kojima again for sure.
“I think he handled it pretty badly. I’ve got no particular love for Kojima. I respect him and I think he’s a brilliant game maker. I don’t know him as a person and as a businessman I was not impressed. So no, I don’t feel any need to go back and work for him again.”
You can have a look at the full podcast below. Thanks Game Informer