Kiefer Sutherland Playing Snake In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

By Ishaan . June 6, 2013 . 10:18am

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will use a different voice-actor for Snake. Konami announced this morning that Kiefer Sutherland will be voicing the character, as well as doing the motion capture for him.


The Phantom Pain is about “race and revenge” according to series creator Hideo Kojima. Snake is 49-years-old in the game, so Kojima wanted a more subdued performance for the character, expressed more through facial expressions rather than tone of voice.


Sutherland was recommended to Kojima by Avi Arad, who you might know from his involvement in several  Marvel Comics projects. Arad is also working with Kojima on the Metal Gear Solid movie.


Sutherland says that he doesn’t play games, but that even he’d heard of Metal Gear Solid and its success. Kojima remarked that Sutherland immediately understood what he required of his performance.


You can watch Konami’s pre-E3 presentation in its entirety below:



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    Snake just got 9000% more sexier.

    • Testsubject909

      Oh hey. You got an avatar/profile pic change too.

  • ZEROthefirst

    I knew Kojima wasn’t going to troll us with Hayter at the last second (at least I hoped he would), but when I saw that Keifer Sutherland will be voicing Snake… I don’t really know what to say. From some of the movies and shows I’ve seen this guy in, I don’t really like his acting. I hope his VA’ing as Big Boss is going to blast me away, but I’m still kind of shaky because of his not so great acting in my opinion.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      He has that one voice role in Phone Booth or whatever folks will remember, but his anime work (albeit from a much earlier time in his career) even in a period of not so good dubs — was not so good.

      • ZEROthefirst

        I think he was only in one actual anime, and it was one I just watched the other week, and this is my biggest scare for him voicing snake. His VA’ing in Armitage III: Poly Matrix was… it honestly made me cringe at times. In Poly Matrix, Phone Booth, and from the few times I watched 24, he really REALLY overacts (mostly saw this in 24) or kind of just half asses with a mixture of overacting like in Poly Matrix. He did some roles in cartoons and stuff like the Land Before Time, but I don’t really want to go watch them at 20 yrs old to see how that is.

        I really hope this isn’t going to be Poly Matrix material bad, because if it is I might actually start playing the MGS series in Japanese to avoid the pain.

        Also just to clarify, I don’t say this because I want Hayter back to voice Snake. It would be great if he did, but Trolljima is in charge so I won’t complain. I just say this because Kiefer Sutherland honestly just scares me as taking up such a large role like this with what I’ve seen of his acting history.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Shit the scary point is at the time of Armitage, the ‘selling point’ was Liz Berkeley. Kiefer probably got the gig only after both Coreys turned it down.

        • Yes, Kiefer Sutherland is hammy as shit. How is this inappropriate for Metal Gear, again?

  • Tom

    Oh, god! Please, let the young Snake appear and be voiced by Hayter!

  • Vesperion

    That face

    • Looks like both Snake and Kiefer are surprised by this. All I’m seeing now is the Phantom Pain with a timer on it. Or at least, every time I’ll hear Snake talk anyway.

  • Pfantzypantz

    I’ll be playing it japanese since I always prefer the original language ( Akio Otsuka is Snake to me you Hayters!) But Sutherland is a great choice I have to say.

  • NightzeroAX

    Dat face doe.

  • RovCal


  • Meh. We knew it wouldn’t be Hayter but meh. It’ll work I guess.

  • KingGunblader

    So… you got rid of David Hayter for… the guy from that one Fox drama I never watched? Seems legit.

    • Anime10121

      Nah not him, the guy from 24 (I know its the same actor, but that performance is more than likely what got him the role).

      • KingGunblader

        I’m glad you got the joke :D

  • I’m looking forward to his debut to be honest

  • Bob Obb

    Kinda happy, kinda angry. This facial capture junk means the Japanese version is now officially the dub, complete with out of sync audio/lips. So that’s ass.

    On the other hand Keifer might actually be able to act, so I don’t have to put up with Hayter’s laughable performance. Don’t get me wrong he’s a great guy, but he’s never made me feel emotion.

    I’ll reserve judgment until seeing a real trailer though.

    • Pfantzypantz

      Indeed, I was saddened because Revengeance seemed to start the trend of shafting the jp version, though I’m hoping they do what Squeenix does and have different lip syncs for both languages, so they match up.

      • KnifeAndFork

        Kojima is in love with the West as much as Inafune is thats no secret. Though both will properly market to the East when necessary. They’re not stupid.

    • Longsun_Zhao

      the lipsync in all the other games is pretty ass anyway.

  • SirRichard

    Hell of a shot to use for the article.

    • I knew it was right the moment I saw it.

      (actually, it was more to show the mocap process.)

      • Anime10121

        But still oh so perfect ;P

  • anarchy_panty

    The Big Boss that Jack Bauer is playing is actually a clone of the Big Boss from the old games constructed entirely from nanomachines. Near the end of the game, the original Big Boss shows up (voiced by Hayter) and the player is forced to kill him. The original Big Boss is now absolved of all guilt from the evil shit that nano-Big Boss is going to do, so Kojima’s husbando will remain untainted.

    You heard it here first.

    • SaveTheDay

      Actually, knowing Kojima’s plot twist this does not seem to be impossible.

  • Such conflicted feelings about this. On the one hand it’s impossible to imagine Snake without David Hayter… but on the other hand, Hayter’s performance was already becoming more of a lazy self-caricature with each passing game.

    Incidentally, I wonder if the voice direction is still being handled by Kris Salter?

  • Anime10121

    Dont know how I feel about this yet. I’ve gotta wait for the E3 trailer to really get a good grasp on how he’ll handle the character. I mean David’s voice is freaking ICONIC, but its not really how a normal person would talk. But then again, who wants normal in their freaking Metal Gear? ARGH wanna give the guy a chance, but at the same time, I’m gonna miss Hayter :(

  • Wait, did Kojima say that one of the game’s themes will be “race”? As in, human ethnicity?

    I’m sure this won’t be an explosive topic at all, and the gaming community will embrace it with the grace and maturity they’re known for.

    • Anime10121

      Well he always did say that the game was gonna convey mature topics. Regardless of what Kojima says when he infers this isn’t his “ogre project”, I still think this is that taboo project that he never thought he would be able to release. I mean, it may not have started as a Metal Gear title, and the original material may not have been green-lit, but Konami probably asked Kojima to retool it into a Metal Gear Solid game and he could do or say what he wanted to say with it.

      • To be fair, Japan’s idea of what constitutes “taboo” when it comes to certain politically-charged topics is a bit different than the more open and vocal political culture of the West. A Japanese Spike Lee, for instance, would be practically unimaginable.

    • Asura

      I’ll embrace whatever is done well with grace and maturity with my own grace and maturity. If it’s done terribly, then it shouldn’t be embraced, and I’m fine with the internet becoming a slaughterhouse (or I guess two slaughterhouse-morphing robots in a fight while a middle-ground fallacy robot judges the two fighting robots from the sideline and tries to feel superior about itself).

      Race is not something one should be afraid to tackle, but they should be aware that if they tackle important issues like race they should actually do a good job of understanding and addressing the issues involved.

      • I’m rooting for the middle ground fallacy robot, because the other two are so much more committed to fighting each other than getting anything done that each inevitably ends up as a slobbering fanatic.

        Anyway, after seeing how the gaming community reacted to BioShock Infinite I have little faith in their ability to deal with delicate subject matter. Not to suggest that Kojima is anywhere near as classless as Ken Levine.

  • Rohan Viajar

    Question: Do you think with the closing gap between video games and real life graphics, live-action actors are gonna replace voice actors?

    • Richard N

      That’s actually an issue that many legitimate voice actors are angry with, especially with Disney’s trend of hiring A List actors for their movies. But aside from Disney, I think most live action actors will still prefer trying to get into movies and live action work, there isn’t too much profit to be made in VAing.

      • I’ve actually heard that Disney will hire professional voice actors to “demo” character voices in their movies without being credited, then replace them with A-listers who will sell tickets based on name recognition for the final product. Which, of course, makes actual full-time voice actors even angrier.

    • Curan_Altea

      Voice actors proper won’t be replaced. Troy Baker does great mocap and voice work, but he doesn’t do live action roles. And not all games are going ot be photorealistic, so there will always be a need for “regular” voice actors.

      • KnifeAndFork

        Certainly not Japanese games. I don’t think Japanese gamers really care for photorealism. They like escapism which is why Anime is such a huge influence in their games. Plus it’s cheaper to do….

      • AkuLord3

        Stacia <333…sorry i had to fanboy over ur icon but yeah agree

  • Helepythia

    Give us a David Hayter DLC at least!

    • alexis cortes

      Yeah, or at least japanese voices. I’m not hating on the new voice but it takes the magic away since we’re used to David Hayter.

      Snake: My Voice… has changed!

  • AuraGuyChris

    This article’s image is so gold photoshop material.

  • Juliano C

    so, they called Sutherland to be snake this time because every cutscene will take 24 hours?

    • Tom

      (ROFL) You nailed it! :D

  • Mnstrzero00

    This is clearly a joke.

  • TheExile285

    How am i supposed to feel about this?

  • Longsun_Zhao

    as long as he delivers a good performance, I’ll feel great about it. Big Boss had a different voice in MGS4, and Old Snake was prematurely aged so of course he sounds similar to younger Solid Snake/Naked Snake. I see no problem with this.

  • X_Bacon

    Hayters gonna hayte

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    It’s hard to take Big Boss seriously with that horn.

  • 愛憎


  • Kai2591

    I’m not that big of a Hayter fan, but I have faith in Kojima’s decisions.

  • XiaomuArisu

    “My name is Naked Snake and this is the longest day in my life”

    But seriously I love Hayter Snake but I will give Jack Bauer a chance.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    I find this decision natural considering how Hayter complained about how he had to change his voice in MGS4 and how forced he sounded in Peace Walker.

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