MGSV actor Jay Tavare talks about playing Code Talker: complex Navajo dialogue, recording not done yet

One of the new characters of Metal Gear Solid V shown so far is Code Talker, a 100 year old man. Last year actor Jay Tavare revealed he’d be playing this role, while the actual face is created using a sculpted head.

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Now, linking back to Metal Gear Informer’s news post on his Facebook, he shared some more information about the process.

A first look at “Code Talker” the character I voice in the upcoming super game Metal Gear Solid V. Phantom Pain. Knowing how to speak some Athabskan did help in learning the complex Navajo dialog I had so far. Thanks to my Elders I know I did it justice. We are not done yet so this year is more work. :)))

Athabaskan language is the language spoken by indigenous people of North America. Navajo is one of these languages, spoken in the south-west of the United States. Either way, it seems like recording is still in progress, but it will be interesting hearing authentic languages actually spoken in the game. Maybe languages in other countries, like Afghanistan and Africa, will be in there as well.

Source: Jay Tavare Facebook

  • Golgari

    “so this year is more work. ” sigh…

    in other words… 2015 release date at best for my favourite franchise of all time. Mhm… I want this game so bad. ;(

    • Revenge of Anonymous

      You know the game doesn’t completely exist right? Just keep in mind that it’s still being produced as we speak, I mean the most TPP has done by now is probably a few areas or a single Act worth of content (if they’re going that route). The 2015 release date is almost too early, they’re still finishing GZ.

      • William of Orange

        GZ is ready for launch, you might want to read the article about konami style preparing for the launch of gz.

      • Janeo

        I’m pretty sure ground zeroes has been finished for a long time and they very very far into phantom pain but it’s taking a while to finish since its so huge

    • Nyxus

      I was always expecting it for 2015, I think that’s the reason they decided to release Ground Zeroes this year, so we also have something in 2014.

  • William of Orange

    I wonder if there are any new characters with affiliations to the Mujahideen. I mean, Ocelot was feared by them under the name:Shalashaska. Maybe a Mujahideen fighter or something like that. I also wonder if Gurlukovich makes an appearance in TPP.

    • Revenge of Anonymous

      I also want to see Liquid’s role in Afghanistan. He joins the SAS at 18 so what in the fuck is he doing there?

      • William of Orange

        He speaks 7 languages fluently and arab is one of them. The main difference between his Arab and English and the other five languages is that he speaks Arab with a certain accent ( can’t tell you which accent that is, though). But that doesn’t explain why he’s in Afghanistan, of course.

        • Snake

          Afghanistan has many languages the majority speaks pashto and dari not arabic. Learn about it first πŸ™‚

          • William of Orange

            Sorry, i’ll be careful next time! Wait what? Did I mention something about liquid snake learning and speaking Arabic in Afghanistan? He speaks Arabic fluently! I’m not saying that he speaks Pashto or Dari. I apologize for my little amount of knowledge about the culture and the people of Afghanistan, but I still believe that liquid speaks Arabic with a certain accent, which made people believe that he spend some time in the middle east.

          • Abudy Saad AlBaldawi

            Well, seeing as he was involved in the second Gulf War, I’d assume he spoke in an Iraqi dialect (which I am a native speaker of). Still doesn’t explain why he’s in Afghanistan, either he Iraq is another location in the game (which would excite me like hell if I can play a Metal Gear taking place in my home country), or, since this takes place before the second Gulf War (the one Liquid was involved in), maybe he simply hasn’t been to Iraq yet, and was in Afghanistan during the first Gulf War.

          • William of Orange

            This makes sense in our universe, since the shadow Moses incident took place in 2005 and the iraq war in 2003, but bear in mind that the original mgs 1 got released in 1998, so Kojima couldn’t know back then that there would be a second gulf war. So what you’re saying makes sense in our universe, but it wouldn’t make sense in the metal gear universe.Btw, I would love to see Iraq in TPP and it would be interesting if Big Boss gets involved in the Iran-Iraq war.

          • Abudy Saad AlBaldawi

            I’m not talking about 2003, the second Gulf War after the first Gulf War (the Iran-Iraq war) that happened when America liberated Kuwait in 1991 after Saddam invaded it the year before after Kuwait slant drilled into the Rumeila oil field within Iraq’s borders, stealing oil from us. I think I remember Liquid was involved in Operation Desert Storm, and managed to stay there for a few years afterwards due to his fluency in the native dialect, which is not taught in schools, so he must have acquired it by living there a few years prior to Operation Desert Storm.

          • William of Orange

            Interesting, the iran iraq war was the first Persian gulf war. My country took part in the Kuwait invasion and operation Desert Storm and that’s why we call it the first gulf war and the iraq war the second. The persian gulf war was between iraq and iran with support of the US and a few other European Countries, but they were indirectly involved. What’s my point, you might ask? You were right all along, but my country believes that the Kuwait invasion was the first gulf war. My apologies. But back to the subject: liquid snake was actually a sleeper agent for the MI6 during operation DS, but got captured by the Iraqi’s. He eventually got saved by the American government in 1994.

    • Nyxus

      Ocelot also said he fought wars in various African countries: Eritrea, Mozambique and Chad. And since The Phantom Pain probably partially takes place in Africa, it could tie in to that.

      • William of Orange

        Maybe it does and now you mentioned Mozambique… Naomi

        • Nyxus

          Naomi comes from Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe). But in Portable Ops Mozambique is were Gray Fox comes from, although I don’t know if that’s canon or not…

          • William of Orange

            I remember the codec call in the cell in mgs 1 between snake and Naomi.

          • Nyxus

            Wait, you’re right, I just looked it up. Rhodesia is were Gray Fox found her, Mozambique is were Big Boss found her. I need to play the games again it seems…

          • William of Orange

            Lol, I actually thought I was wrong. I’m still sort of wrong,though. He finds gray fox and Naomi in Rhodesia. But let’s hope Rhodesia is feautured in TPP.

          • Janeo

            It would be very cool to rescue a young Naomi or something like that at least in a side mission

          • Mr. Tibbs

            I think the game may be in Rhodesia some. The reason is total
            speculation but the dog on the “Diamond Dogs” patch looks very much like
            a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Don’t know if that’s a clue or just because it’s
            such a fearsome dog. I really hope it is. I’d love to see more back
            story with Naomi and Gray Fox.

          • William of Orange

            Do you know this picture? It was taken during the development of mgs v (project ogre). I can’t guarantee you that Rhodesia/Zimbabwe is feautured in mgs TPP, but the Rhodesian Ridgeback will function as your companion.

          • Mr. Tibbs

            I hadn’ seen that picture before. That’s very cool. I’m sure that he’ll bring them in in some way. It’s just too good of an opportunity to pass up. Everyone loves Frank Jaeger and Naomi.

          • William of Orange

            I’ve examined the picture and I’m afraid that the landscape is identical to Mozambique’s mangroves and rain forests. The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is surrounded by a rainforest, but the vegetation seems to be a little bit different. During the 80’s, Zimbabwe was plagued by small conflicts between the government and the Matabele, but those conflicts were short and they weren’t funded with “blood” daimonds. In fact, the Daimonds in Zimbabwe were mined in conflict-free zones. Mozambique is a different story, Big Boss met Naomi and Gray fox in Mozambique in the 80’s. This might be a bit boring, because it’s a synopsis of the history of Mozambique. Mozambique was a Portuguese colony and there was a huge social difference between the wealthy white farmers and the poor/socially pressured indigenous people. During the fifties, communist and anti-colonial ideologies spread across Africa and Mozambique was one of those countries. the indigenous people were fed up with their social status and established the FRELIMO, a marxistic guerrilla movement, who initiated a guerrilla campaign against Portuguese rule in 1964. This conflict – along with the two others already initiated in the other Portuguese colonies of Angola and Portuguese Guinea -became part of the Portuguese Colonial War from 1961 until 1974. The Portuguese started to pay more attention to the social status (a Portuguese military junta committed a coup on April 1974 and established a regime), but they were Shortly after thrown out by the FRELIMO and the FRELIMO ordered the wealthy white Portuguese to leave the country. The new government, under president Samora Machel, established a one-party state based on Marxist principles. The new government got diplomatic and some military support from Cuba and the Soviet Union and proceeded to crack down on opposition. Starting shortly after the independence, the country was plagued from 1977 to 1992 by a long and violent civil war between the opposition forces of anti-Communist RENAMO ( a movement supported by the Rhodesian and the South African Government) rebel militias and the Marxist FRELIMO regime. The war was marked by mass human rights violations from both sides of the conflict with RENAMO contributing to the chaos through the use of terror and indiscriminate targeting of civilians.The central government executed tens of thousands of people while trying to extend its control throughout the country and sent many people to re-education camps where thousands died.

            that’s why I believe that Mozambique will play a prominent role in MGS V

          • Nyxus

            And Gray Fox was fighting for FRELIMO in Mozambique, at least according to Portable Ops. Hm, interesting. We know that social conflicts and hatred between groups will play an important role in MGSV, so this fits in rather nicely.

          • William of Orange

            I hope so! It took me an hour to write this stuff and after a while I was like:”Fuck it! Just copy paste the last part from Wikipedia and your done!”
            I prefer to argue/explain myself in Dutch, not in English!

          • Nyxus

            I understand. But I think what you have posted is also interesting for other people to read.

          • William of Orange

            Don’t get any funny ideas, Nyxus! πŸ˜‰

          • William of Orange

            Naomi makes an appearance in TPP, I’m pretty sure of it. I just checked her page on metal gear wikia and it says the following about the first time they met eachother.”With the help of Big Boss, whom she met in 1980’s Mozambique, Naomi emigrated to the states with her brother Frank.” we also know that Frank Jeager eventually leaves the States to fight alongside Big Boss.

          • Nyxus

            Yeah, it makes sense time-wise, since The Phantom Pain takes place in the 1980s.

          • William of Orange

            And what about Drebin? Maybe the LRA are involved too.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      I don’t remember any of the MGS games revealing that. which one was that?

      • William of Orange

        Mgs 1, after snake’s been interrogated by Ocelot, he gets thrown in a prison cell with the dead darpa chief: Donald Anderson aka sigint. He gets a codec call from the colonel and Naomi and Snake asks Naomi to ease his pain. Snake eventually asks Naomi to tell a bit about herself.

        • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

          What? I don’t remember her revealing that about Ocelot. I guess I didn’t do the codec long enough to hear it.

          • William of Orange

            Uhm, that’s not what I meant. When Snake is thrown in a cell, he got a call from the Colonel and Naomi. The Colonel wanted a sit-rep and Snake told him about the situation. Snake then asks Naomi to do him a favor and do something about the pain in his arms, I believe. Then Snake asks Naomi if she could talk for a bit, because it keeps his mind from the pain. Naomi replies to Snake that she isn’t much of a talker and Snake insists her to talk about something, so Naomi started to talk about her past and about her step brother: Frank Jeager.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            Yeah, I know the scenario you’re talking about. I just don’t remember Naomi telling Solid Snake that, besides the fact that Frank Jeager was her step brother who was Grey Fox.

          • William of Orange

            Well, you could watch a mgs 1 walktrough on YouTube.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            yeah, that could work.

  • William of Orange

    Jay Tavare seems to be pretty passionate about his role. Which is a good thing! Damn, I’m really want to know more about Code Talker. The only thing I know about him so far is that he used to be a code talker in WW2 and he can’t return to his home.

  • kaz

    Is it safe to assume that TPP wont release until at least next year? I was hoping for a 2014 Q4 release but oh well πŸ™

    • Nyxus

      I would say so, but you never know. 2015 is the safest bet though.

  • PrinceHeir

    can’t wait ^^

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    I just came to this site-it’s been awhile and I forgot again Nyxus that it’s MetalGearInformer. Gotta really get used to the new look, LOL. Maybe the game will have a triangle complex thing, like Big Boss heads Europe, since in TPP trailer from VGA 2012 and GDC 13, it shows a British Flag, but then again the British still had some land in Africa so it could be he goes to Africa first, then to South West US and then has to go Middle East, and then the game ends where he treads back to Africa where he shall challenge Solid Snake and Big Boss becomes who we know him to be in MGS4. Like each location holds a key of some kind to the mystery he needs to find behind Metal Gear, and then he pieces it together, only to have everything he knew shatter in front of him. I wonder if Big Boss is actually mutlilingual and that’s why he’s able to just go anywhere without worry of where he’s going. I think Huey Emmerich will end up being the middleman between Big Boss and Kaz and they possibly hold a ransom on Otacon’s life somehow and that’s how Liquid Snake gets involved and gets Solid Snake to wanna take revenge later on. I’m spitballing at the moment but I’m probably on point right?

    • William of Orange

      It’s actually believed that the hospital is located on Akrotiri, Cyprus. It’s British territory.

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        oh ok. Didn’t study that far into modern history unfortunately so I didn’t know that.

        • William of Orange

          Neither did I, the map in the hospital shows Cypress and do you remember the logo of moby dick studio (the whale tail)? It’s actually Akrotiri.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            Yeah, I remember that. I didn’t know that. Kojima has a way of clever way of tying things together. I wonder what surprises he has for E3 for The Phantom Pain after Ground Zeroes is released.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah we’ll see,I guess.

  • Janeo

    So has Sutherland finished his work on this game yet I was sure he had because he is just getting ready to shoot 24 in England

    • William of Orange

      What? Are you kidding me?

      • Janeo

        What am I kidding about

        • William of Orange

          24: Live Another Day, I thought it was just a rumor, but it seems to be legitimate. *Sigh* well, I keep my fingers crossed, maybe it’s not as dull as I expect it to be.

          • Janeo

            Why don’t you want them to make more 24

          • William of Orange

            I like the series, really I do, but it gets sort of repetitive to me. I wonder how original this new season actually is.
            A former special agents tries to stop a devastating event from happening while being hunted down by his own government. Exciting? Yes, but the story arc is a bit overdone. I wonder if the creators copy paste some elements and impressive moments from the previous seasons.

          • Janeo

            I agree completely I bought the box set shortly after they keifer was snake, I like the show but it does get boring I actually stopped watching two episodes left in season 5 I’m not sure if I will ever go back to it. I just hope I don’t think of jack Bauer when big boss talks

          • William of Orange

            I still sorta hope he does, I know it’s weird, but it feels right to see Snake with a Jack Bauer personality (He shouldn’t yell all the time, though) somehow.

  • William of Orange

    “Either way, it seems like recording is still in progress, but it will be interesting hearing authentic languages actually spoken in the game. Maybe languages in other countries, like Afghanistan and Africa, will be in there as well.”

    Kojima tweeted this a while ago: “We have been doing Mo-Cap for over 14 years ago but every time we’d done a new challenge. This time we hired foreign actors except stuntmen. They were wide variety of actors from America, UK, France, Holland, Hungary etc. We used neutral language to communicate but the emotion was tightened as one.”
    I wonder if there’s a new character from Hungary.

    • Nyxus

      Interesting. Stefanie Joosten is from Belgium, right?

      • William of Orange

        She’s Dutch, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. There’s a reason why her character is called Quiet. Would be funny if she sweared in Dutch.

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