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The OG Snake, Kurt Russell, shares why he’d never voice Solid Snake

Kurt Russell was apparently once offered to voice Metal Gear Solid 3’s Snake, and in a new interview he explained why he wouldn’t be interested in such a role.

It’s no secret that Hideo Kojima is a massive cinephile, it’s kind of his whole thing – so much so that he gave long-time Snake voice actor David Hayter the boot in favour of Kiefer Sutherland for Metal Gear Solid 5’s Snake. Back in 2016, Hayter claimed that Kojima actually tried to get Escape from New York’s Russell to take over the role of Snake for Metal Gear Solid 3 (for context, Solid Snake’s namesake is a reference to the John Carpenter film’s Snake Plissken). Russel apparently turned the role down, and in a recent video interview with GQ, actually spoke about why he wouldn’t take up a role like that.

“Look, I’m pretty lazy by nature,” Russel said. “There have been many different times when people wanted to do something. I don’t know, I’m a movie guy. You have to understand that from my point of view, whether it’s Elvis, or Snake Plissken, or Jack Burton, or R.J. MacReady, that was that project. That was that thing. You get into that mindset. You create that. You want to make that world happen.

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