David Hayter

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David Hayter
David Hayter 2006-09-21.jpg
Born David Bryan Hayter
(1969-02-06) 6 February 1969 (age 45)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Occupation Voice actor, screenwriter, actor, director, producer

David Hayter (born February 6, 1969) is a Canadian-American voice and screen actor and screenwriter.

As a writer, Hayter is more known for X-Men, its sequel X2, and Watchmen. As a voice actor, Hayter's most famous role was voicing the characters Solid Snake and Big Boss in the Metal Gear Solid series from 1998 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

Hayter was born in California to Canadian parents. He started acting at the age of 9. Hayter spent most of his childhood living around the world and at the age of 15, Hayter moved to Kobe in Japan where he graduated from the Canadian Academy, an international school, in 1987. After high school, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for two years until transferring to Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada where he stayed until the age of 20, when he moved to Hollywood.[1]

Career[edit]

Early acting career[edit]

Hayter did some live acting in the early 1990s, but became interested in voice acting after making a cameo appearance in an episode of the sitcom Major Dad, and later landed the role of Captain America in the popular 1994 Spider-Man animated series. He also provided the voice of Arsène Lupin III in the English version of the anime film The Castle of Cagliostro and the voice of Tamahome in the English version of the anime series Fushigi Yūgi. He also starred in the 1994 straight-to-video movie Guyver: Dark Hero, taking over the role of protagonist Sean Barker from previous actor Jack Armstrong.

Metal Gear Solid[edit]

In 1998, Hayter voiced protagonist Solid Snake in the highly successful video game Metal Gear Solid. He provided Snake's voice in later Metal Gear games such as Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (which was a remake of Metal Gear Solid), and provided the voice for a closely related character, Naked Snake, a young Big Boss, in the prequels Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Afterward, he voiced Solid Snake (renamed Old Snake) in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and Snake/Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Hayter also had an extended cameo as himself in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots during one of the live-action sequences prior to the start of the game. In the scene, he wears the "Solid Eye", the technologically advanced eye patch that Old Snake wears throughout the game. Hayter also provided the voice of Solid Snake for the character's guest appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a Wii fighting game featuring various Nintendo characters.

Hayter is one of the few Metal Gear Solid actors to have played and completed the Metal Gear games he's voiced in,[2] while co-star Christopher Randolph has only played Metal Gear Solid.

According to an interview with Paul Eiding, Hayter gave up half of his own paycheck in order to bring back the cast of Metal Gear Solid for the Nintendo Gamecube remake The Twin Snakes. This is the reason why the voice acting in The Twin Snakes was almost completely redone with the same voice actors, one of the few differences being the actor for Gray Fox, Greg Eagles, who was replaced by Rob Paulsen.[citation needed]

His work with Metal Gear Solid has also led Hayter to do voice work in other video game projects such as Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He also cited the Metal Gear Solid series as an influence on his screenwriting, stating that "Kojima and I have different styles," "but I've certainly learned things from him, especially about ambiguity and telling a story without giving all the answers."[3]

After the announcement of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hayter announced that he was not asked to reprise his role as Big Boss/Snake.[4] This was later confirmed on June 6, when Konami announced that Kiefer Sutherland would be the new voice of Snake.[5] Hayter's final performance as Snake was the release of the Digital Graphic Novel adaptations of Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2, which were released as part of the Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection in 2013.

Filmmaking[edit]

In 2000 he wrote the screenplay for the movie version of X-Men, and then went on to co-write the screenplay for its sequel X2 with writing team Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Shortly after his work on X-Men, Hayter was hired to write and direct a project based on the heroine Black Widow. However, due to the limited success of similar themed films featuring female vigilante protagonists at the time, Marvel withdrew their offer to Hayter stating, "We don’t think it’s time to do this movie". Hayter's daughter Natasha, born whilst he was writing the Black Widow script, is named after the titular character.[citation needed]

Hayter also wrote an adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons. Noted for being a harsh critic of translations of his works to film, Moore said of the script "David Hayter's screenplay was as close as I could imagine anyone getting to [a film version of] Watchmen. That said, I shan't be going to see it. My book is a comic book. Not a movie, not a novel. A comic book. It's been made in a certain way, and designed to be read a certain way."[6] Hayter and writer Alex Tse shared credit on the finished screenplay. Tse drew "the best elements" from two of the project's previous drafts written by screenwriter Hayter.[7] The script did not keep the contemporary atmosphere that Hayter created, but instead returned to the original Cold War setting of the Watchmen comic.[8] Warner Bros. was amenable to the 1980s setting, and the director also added a title montage sequence to introduce the audience to the events of alternate history United States in that time period.[9]

On September 7, 2012, it was announced that Hayter would pen the screen adaptation Caught Stealing, and would star Patrick Wilson and Alec Baldwin.[10]

On September 13, 2012, Hayter began filming on his directorial debut, Wolves.[11]

On July 8, 2013, Hayter was hired by Lakeshore Entertainment to write the film The Sword, based on the Image Comics series.[12]

On August 7, 2013, it was announced Hayter was developing a television show on Fox tentatively titled "World War III", about a fiction global conflict that chronicles “a perfect storm of world events places us in the center of a global battle which may bring the world as we know it to an end.” Hayter will be writing the series' story bible and pilot episode, as well as producing and serving as showrunner.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Live action[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Actor Role Notes
1993 Major Dad No No No Yes Misha Sarotsky 1 episode; "From Russia with Like"
1994 Guyver 2: Dark Hero No No No Yes Sean Barker Main role
Long Shadows No No No Yes Ed's secretary TV movie
1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century No No No Yes ??? (voice) 2 episodes; "Stalemate" and "Total War"
1997 Drive No No No Yes Cop #1
1998 Burn No Yes No Yes Tom Rice Main role
2000 Wild on the Set No No No Yes Narrator TV series
X-Men No No Yes Yes Museum Cop
2002 Lost in Oz No Yes Yes No TV movie
The Scorpion King No No Yes No
2003 X2: X-Men United No No Yes No
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots No No No Yes Himself - Celebrity Moralist
2009 Watchmen No No Yes No
2010 Chasm Yes No Yes No Short
2014 The Devil's Mile No No No Yes Toby McTeague Main role
Wolves Yes No Yes No
2015 World War III Yes Yes Yes No TV mini-series
TBA Black Widow Yes No No No

Animation[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Castle of Cagliostro Arsène Lupin III
1986 They Were Eleven Doricas Soldam IV
1987 Wrath of the Ninja Sakon Hayate
1989 Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket Bernard Wiseman TV mini-series
1991 Giant Robo: The Animation Shoji Gen
1993 Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie Kurama
Moldiver Hiroshi Ozora
1995 Street Fighter II V Additional Voices TV series
Rakusho! Hyper Doll Reporter
1996-7 Fushigi Yûgi Tamahome / Taka Sukunami / Yoshui
Spider-Man: The Animated Series Captain America TV series; 8 episodes
1999 Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure Additional Voices
2009 Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? Snake 1 episode; "The Sons of Big Boss"

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Solid Snake
2002 Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem Roman Legionnaire 1 / Roman Legionnaire 2 / Angkor Thom Guard
2004 Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes Solid Snake
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Naked Snake / Jack
2005 Metal Gear Acid 2 Snake
2006 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Snake
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Solid Snake
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Old Snake
2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Naked Snake / Big Boss
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Knight Male / Additional Voices
2013 République Daniel Zager
2014 Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Mudokon voices

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TWiG – David Hayter Special Interview"
  2. ^ "UK PSP". Retrieved 15 December 2006. 
  3. ^ Fitch, Andrew (May 7, 2008). "Anime Expo: David Hayter Critical of Some MGS Moments". 1UP.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Narcisse, Evan (27 March 2013). "Beloved Solid Snake Voice Actor Says He Wasn’t Asked to Be in Metal Gear Solid V". Kotaku (Gawker Media). Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (June 6, 2013). "Kiefer Sutherland Playing Snake in Metal Gear Solid V". IGN. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jensen, Jeff (2005-10-21). "Watchmen: An Oral History". Entertainment Weekly. 
  7. ^ Gregory Ellwood (2006-07-18). "World awaits Watchmen". Variety. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Zack Snyder talks Watchmen". Empire. 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  9. ^ Patrick Lee (2006-11-09). "Snyder: Watchmen Remains True". Sci Fi Wire. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 
  10. ^ McClintock, Pamela (7 September 2012). "The Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Dark Horizons". 
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff. "'Watchmen' Writer David Hayter to Adapt 'The Sword' for Lakeshore". The Wrap. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Marnell, Blair. "Fox Starts ‘World War III’ With David Hayter". Crave Online. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 

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