In a recent podcast from Game Informer, former Snake voice actor David Hayter talked about his contributions to the Metal Gear series over the years, and the way it ended with MGSV, when Kojima chose Kiefer Sutherland for the new voice of Snake. According to Hayter, Kojima actually wanted a new voice actor since Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (the first game featuring Big Boss as a protagonist).
“I had to re-audition for Metal Gear 3 to play Naked Snake. They made me re-audition to play Old Snake, and the whole time, they were trying to find somebody else to do it. I heard that Kojima asked one of the producers on Metal Gear 3 to ask Kurt Russell if he would take over for that game. He didn’t want to do it.”
Kurt Russell’s character Snake Plissken in the 1981 movie Escape from New York was actually one of the inspirations behind the famous protagonist.
To listen to the full podcast, head over to Game Informer’s website.