Kiefer Sutherland Confirmed as Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5

by on June 6, 2013

The last thing we saw on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain had people talking. Obviously, there was all of the “Where is David Hayter?” chatter, but also the “That MUST be Kiefer Sutherland” talk about the character who introduced himself as Ishmael.

Well, I guess that was all a ruse as at Konami’s pre-E3 show, the man who played Jack Bauer for many years has been revealed as the actor behind Snake in the upcoming MGS title from Kojima Productions.

The character of Snake will be 49 years old in the game and the story will occur in 1984. In order to get the ideal voice, Kojima said he wanted to acquire the services of someone who could convey “a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice, rather than words.”

After speaking with his Hollywood chum Avi Arad, hey presto – Kiefer got the gig. Sutherland seemed pleased to assume the role of the beloved face of stealh:

“It’s an honor to be able to play this character, [Snake] has an unbelievable legacy. I’m not a gamer and I even knew about this game. I was certainly keenly aware of the legacy of [Metal Gear] and the success of these games.”

As a 24 fan, hearing Jack Bauer for 20 plus hours sounds like a treat. As a Metal Gear Solid fan, the wishy-washy reasoning behind David Hayter’s absence has me a teeny bit peeved. Hayter’s long enough in the game to take direction. If Kojima wants a more subdued performance, there’s no doubt he could’ve gotten one out of the already established gravelly voice.

But, how do you feel? Are you happy with the fact that Kiefer Sutherland will play Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain? Let us know in the comments section, below.

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