Fans were not happy when David Hayter would not be reprising his role as Snake aka Big Boss in the recent “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes” and “The Phantom Pain.” But it was then revealed by David Hayter himself that Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima did not want him to reprise his role all the way back to “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater” for the PlayStation 2 in 2004. Kojima wanted to have Kurt Russell to play as Snake though it never happened as Russell declined the offer.
In an interview on the Game Informer Podcast which was reported by Polygon, Hayter already knew that Metal Gear Solid V was coming as he was not asked to reprise the role of Snake for the new game. This was after he and a series producer had lunch together and he asks what the team needs from him. He was told that the team didn’t need Hayter at the moment, then it was clarified that they are trying to recast the voice actors for the game.
Hayter also expressed his dismay of reauditioning for every Metal Gear Solid game. “I had to re-audition for Metal Gear 3 to play Naked Snake,” Hayter said. “They made me reaudition to play Old Snake, and the whole time, they were trying to find somebody else to do it.” He also mentioned, “It was annoying to me, because I thought that I had given a lot to the series and really helped promote it… At the same time, I genuinely feel that the run I had as Snake was remarkable. If you get that once in your career, that’s amazing. I don’t have any ill will toward Kiefer Sutherland or anything like that. The whole thing could have been handled better and a little more respectfully, but I’m not going to cry about it.”
Unfortunately, Hayter doesn’t want to work with Kojima again after all of the debacle. “I’ve got no particular love for Kojima… I don’t feel any need to go back and work with him again,” he said.