Debi Mae West (voice of Meryl) talks about Metal Gear

During IGN’s Up At Noon, Debi Mae West, voice actress who is most famous for providing the voice of Meryl Sylverburgh, appeared as a guest and talked a bit about her work and the Metal Gear series.


Metal Gear Solid was her first big game, before that she did mainly cartoons and commercials. She had no idea the game would become such a big thing.

During recordings, she and David Hayter worked together a lot, in stead of doing voice recordings alone, which is something that she feels worked well.

Debi Mae West was shown a picture of Quiet before the show. She said she didn’t really get the design, and didn’t think Quiet looked like a soldier, but at the same time she agreed to give it the benefit of the doubt, since no one really knows the context yet.

She also talked about David Hayter not voicing Snake in Metal Gear Solid V.

“That’s what I said when I saw that David Hayter wasn’t playing Snake. What the fuck is going on?” (Joking)

“I had no idea. I don’t get it. (…) He is that character. So I don’t understand, is Kiefer going to try to sound like him? I mean, I get that their voices are in a very similar place.”

“I mean, he [David Hayter] has done how many games? Four? (…) I don’t know, I mean, do you think that they are thinking that they are going to sell more games because of it?”

To see the full interview, follow the link below. The interview begins around the 8:00 mark.

Source: Up At Noon: Metal Gear Solid: 15 Years and Meryl

  • Captain Jack Sparrow

    I read Debi´s quote with pissed of Meryl´s voice XD

    • Nyxus

      “This is BULLSHIT!”

    • Batiz

      Her normal voice is Meryl’s voice.

  • PrinceHeir

    i don’t wanna be a downer, but it’s funny how she only complains about Quiet yet she didn’t complain about any of the past characters(Vamp? Beauty and the Beast?)

    not really, maybe David Hayter is Snake to her, but not the character itself.

    it’s also funny how she seems to be mocking Kiefer Sutherland. no offense, but she doesn’t even have half of the experience Kiefer has in her whole career.

    i don’t really get about the hate once again to Kiefer. it seems they love to jab Kiefer when it comes to voicing Snake.

    even though i prefer Akio than both of them combine, it’s still sad how Kiefer is still getting some flack just because he was hired to voice Snake by Kojima himself.

    oh well, i just hope we hear more of Snake, they’re concentrating too much on Quiet nowadays.

    • Nyxus

      She isn’t really mocking Kiefer, in fact she’s praising him, but she is just confused they replaced Hayter, which I can understand. Still, I just want to hear him for myself, I can’t really judge it from the few sentences we’ve heard so far.

      Anyway, generally speaking, I just want to let the developers do their work, it’s way too early to make judgements about characters and voice work when we’ve only seen so little.

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