“What we’re trying to accomplish is [to] recreate the Metal Gear series. It’s a new type of Metal Gear game and we wanted to have this reflected in the voice actor as well.”
That was “Metal Gear” series director Hideo Kojima addressing why actor/screenwriter David Hatyer wasn’t invited back to voice Big Boss in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” a move that’s sure the rankle some fans out their who’ve grown attached to his gravelly voiced performances as Snake through three console generations of games.
Fans learned that Hayter wouldn’t be voicing Big Boss when the English language trailer for “The Phantom Pain” made its debut this week. Kojima confirmed that he and Kojima Productions wanted to go in what they’d call in the business “a different direction” this time out, although at this time he wouldn’t divulge the name of the actor voicing the character in the game.
The official reasoning from Kojima is a little flimsy: although Hayter has been replaced for the English-language version, Akio Ohtsuka is apparently back this time around for “Ground Zeroes” and “The Phantom Pain.” Hayter seemed as surprised as fans, taking to Twitter to hint and finally confirm that he wasn’t invited back to the series’ fifth numbered entry.
Don’t feel too bad for Hayter: he’s got a pair of films in pre-production right now, “Wolves” which marks his feature directorial debut, and the action-thriller “Caught Stealing” for “Deadfall” and “Anatomy” director Stefan Ruzowitzky.
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