Former Snake's Voice David Hayter Hasn't Played MGSV: It Would Be A "Humiliation", "Too Painful"
Former Snake voice actor David Hayter had an interesting chat about him losing the job at Konami and Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid V (both Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain) in favor of Kiefer Sutherland. Spoiler: he isn't very happy about what happened and specifically how.
Talking to Game Informer, Hayter confirmed he was not officially informed about Konami replacing him with Sutherland – he just had a drink with English casting and voice director Kris Zimmerman.
"She said, 'We're going forward, but it looks like they are going to try and replace you.' They tried to do that before, and it never worked. They tried to get voice matches, and it never happened."
Even more interestingly, the former Snake voice actor said Konami already attempted a couple of times in replacing him, both with MGS3 for Naked Snake's voice (the staff even contacted Kurt Russell on Kojima's proposal) and MGS4 for Old Snake's.
For what matters Metal Gear games without him, Hayter said he didn't play them because it would be a "humiliation" he "can't get to". "It's just too painful", he added, although he doesn'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."