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David Hayter on Snake’s Voice: “I Approached the Voice Like You Would With A Singing Job”

Voice actor and screenwriter David Hayter has revealed the warm-up routine that he would do in preparation for performing the iconic voice of Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series.

Speaking to Cinema Deviant, Hayter explained that the role of Solid Snake would be “exhausting at times,” but he also said that he “approached the voice like you would with a singing job.”

“I discovered ways to achieve the gravelly-ness without damaging my vocal cords,” he added.

Hayter continued to reveal how he warmed up for the voice ahead of his arrival at a recording studio, which included a number of different techniques he would do in the car journey. 

“Yeah, I did a lot of humming, growling, and singing in the car on the way to the studio,” he said. “Other drivers may have thought I was crazy, but I was pretty damn Snake-y by the time I got into the booth.”

Since he was replaced by actor Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hayter once again said he was “very touched” by the support he had received from fans and “is grateful to all of them.”

Hayter, however, didn’t hold back in showing his love for the series, as he offered a simple response of “Sure” when he was asked whether or not he would return to the franchise—that is, if they asked him to come back.

Last year, Hayter held an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on Reddit and discussed what it was like to work with Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid creator and director, while also offering his own take on the main differences between Big Boss and Solid Snake.