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Bale Hasn't Been Asked To Do The Metal Gear Solid Movie

Despite Christian Bale's appearance in multiple films before Batman Begins, most everyone will agree the latter was his coming-out party. He went from "American Psycho" to playing bad-asses on a routine basis, so of course, his name was mentioned when we heard about the "Metal Gear Solid" film.

At the time, many believed it feasible that Bale might sign on to play the iconic Snake, and some sources even claimed that it was already a done deal. We haven't seen anything official on the subject just yet, but Bale was asked by MTV Mutliplayer if he was going to do the movie. As it turns out, the star actor says he hasn't even been approached. The interview apparently wasn't very long, as it went like this:

"Has he been approached about Metal Gear Solid? 'No,' he said.

Does he play video games? 'Yes,' he said.

What games does he play? 'That,' he said.

...okay, well, thanks for your time, Mr. Bale. Of course, this doesn't really tell us much, besides the fact that he's likely not in the running to play Snake in the film in question. We're also questioning the fact that he has ever played a MGS title, but then again, what would be his motivation to lie? Well, anyway, everyone seems to have an opinion concerning the proper lead actor for this movie, so what's your opinion? Would Bale be a good fit? Or do you have someone else in mind?

6/24/2009 John Shepard

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:02:54 PM
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Doesn't look like Snake AT ALL

David Hayter on the other hand would be the perfect guy. Meh acting's doable. If he can voice-act, I'm sure he can act(physically)

Again, this guy looks nothing like Snake

I'm sure there are better actors out there

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fatelementality
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:49:20 PM

there is actually a clip of hayter dressed up as Big Boss at the Spike VGA's. He's not too bad. A couple acting classes would do the trick I think. He's got the voice and that means lots.

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 11:00:32 PM

It would be okay if they used someone other than David Hayter, but put his voice in over the actor's. If they did it right.

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Gabriel013
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 1:01:13 AM

David Hayter already is a screen actor.

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Superman915
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:18:36 PM
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liam neeson. Watch him drag around dead frenchmen in Taken and tell me he wouldn't be a great Snake.

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MadKatBebop
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:25:05 PM

liam neeson is actually a pretty good choice.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:53:07 PM

For Old Snake, or English Snake.

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 3:44:03 AM

liam neeson is the man

taken was a damn good movie, and he kicks major ass in it

out of all the other suggestions i've read, he would be a probable choice

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Lord carlos
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 4:09:51 AM

hey world that would be irish snake.
clint eastwood's voice in gran torino was very close to old snake,its a shame he's 80 odd years old

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LowKey
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:19:43 PM
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This is a little off topic but do you guys think Snake(Kurt Russel) from ecsape from New York and L.A. had anything to do with snake from MGS? He looked like Snake, talked like Snake and Even acted like Snake from MGS. I wish he wasn't such an old man now lol, He would be PERFECT for an MGS movie. Christan Bale is a Phenominal actor theres no getting around that but he doesn't have that Snake like errr.... Charm lol.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:54:03 PM

I dunno man but I loved Escape from New York, L.A. I liked just because it had Snake in it, the film itself wasn't as good.

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Doosharm
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 11:01:10 PM

I don't have any evidence to back this up but I remember reading an interview back when MGS first debuted on the PS1 that said Snake Pliskin (escape from NY) was the primary influence for Snake in both appearance and name.

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AntDC
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 1:49:10 AM

Yes, Kurt Russell from Escape from New York was inspired for the character of Solid Snake, and IMO Kurt Russell would be the perfect Snake because of this.

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MadKatBebop
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:19:53 PM
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Hes an awesome actor but looks nothing like Snake(don't know any actors that actually do)

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:29:00 PM
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I disagree, i has a convincing look, but in action films he is so horrifically bland as an actor. Which is a shame becuase he is capable of so much more; proven by American Psycho!

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mustang750r
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:35:44 PM
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@LowKey
Escape From L.A. is one of Kojima's favorite movies hense why in MGS2 Snake tells Raiden to call him Pliskin after the character Kurt Russel plays.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:43:00 PM
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All though Bale's a great actor, and I loved him in the movie "Harsh Times", I think Bale's all wrong for this, especially since he has the same atittude as Anti-Vision's boss.

As for his usual short uppity nose-up-in-the-air snippity one-liners for answers, he could sure could've taken some pointers from the late Henny Youngman.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:47:27 PM
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True, the man doesn't look much like Snake, but he would certainly have the acting abilities to portray the ultimate badass on the big screen. Just trusting him to do a true portrayal is another story...

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fatelementality
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:51:00 PM
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Kurt Russel would be a good choice if he wasn't so damn old. He could be old snake :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:57:20 PM
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I think you'd have to find a no-name great- talent actor for Snake. I would prefer that over trying to jam a square peg (big name actor) into a round hole (A complex and fan-loved character).

I don't have anyone in mind, I'd just prefer this path. Metal Gear should NOT be a vehicle for a star.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 11:13:13 PM

My thoughts exactly

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 9:06:24 AM

Holy crap dude!!! You are so right about that one!!!

Look at Superman Returns. No name actor plays an iconic hero and people loved it. They saw the character, not the actor, and that is EXACTLY what a film adaptation of MGS needs!!!

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mustang750r
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 10:57:51 PM
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I could see Kurt Russel as Big Boss and then later in the movie franchise find an actor who looks like a young Kurt to play Solid Snake.

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LowKey
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 11:14:52 PM

see, thats what i was thinking too. but i dont know of any actors that look like kurt russell, he has a unique look about him and is the only real person in the world that I know of that looks almost identical to snake

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 11:32:09 PM
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Clint Eastwood, perfect choice. or Harrison Ford. i said in a different story on here about a week or two ago that there would be a MGS movie, i called it, and i also asked who would play Snake?

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RustEDalex
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 6:49:32 AM

Clint would make a great old ocelot

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sticklife
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 11:39:13 PM
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I don't think bale would be good at all! He's a big jerk, snake would never fuss over the wrong coffee. (then again I don't think anyone could do snake justice)

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 11:41:57 PM
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Johnny Depp

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 3:40:15 AM

he's to weird to play snake

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 11:53:04 PM
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I'm sure it wasn't Bale's fault but, man why did he have to talk in that silly voice when he was being Batman?

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pyrobomber70
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 @ 11:54:10 PM
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I like the guy from the Professional.

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YesterdysRising
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 12:22:41 AM
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Well, I personally can't stand Christian Bale. I don't like his acting at all and I wouldn't even see the MGS movie if he was in it. They need to make it would with David Hayter. Snake will be ruined without the voice.

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mustang750r
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 12:42:21 AM
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@jmo_INDY_Repub
How did you "called it", when it was said a MGS movie has been in the works since 2006 by Kojima himself.

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Schmitty
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 12:59:39 AM
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jason statham

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 1:57:12 AM

Statham would make a badass Niko Bellic

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RockhounD
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 1:20:05 AM
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jean reno or jason stratham might be good. what about eric bana?

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 3:41:43 AM

jean reno is a good actor, but i believe he would be a poor choice for snake

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RockhounD
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 4:12:01 AM

it's true, jean's not the ideal snake for obvious reasons yeah. what if he didn't have the accent? still probably a stretch i guess.

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 8:01:51 AM

yeah maybe.

i'd really love to see reno and takeshi kaneshiro reprise their roles from onimusha 3 and make that into a film

while there is an onimusha movie already in production, i heard it was based off of a different game in the series.... but kaneshiro is playing samanosuke

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 9:14:36 AM

Eric Bana would be a very good choice (and not just cos he's Aussie and I'm Aussie too meaning that I only support Aussie actors) but his past film roles have shown that he can tackle many roles very well.

How about Russel Crowe for that matter? He proved he had the physical strength in Gladiator and the likeable brute role was done very well too. He is one of the best actors in terms of displaying small emotions in characters and the setting (one key scene that comes to mind is from State of Play where he's confident and in charge of the situation, but suddenly runs into the enemy and turns into a nervous wreck attempting to compose himself and remain professional and friendly to avoid being sprung)

Any other good actos for the role of Snake come to mind?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 1:57:22 AM
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Just get Hayter to do it. Have him gain 30lbs and that's it.

Please no Christian Bale. The guy makes a shitty Batman (even though the movies are still great), imo, and his gruffy Batman voice is awful. Plus he's a pompous douche.

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kevinater321
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 9:44:34 AM

I agree 100% But I think that they should get some nobody actir and make him snake (I'n pretty sure that was said already though)

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s360s
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 2:06:18 AM
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Snoop Dogg would be a good Snake.

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 10:31:23 PM

Pleas tell me your joking? Snoop Dogg is a bad rapper let alone actor(he had one good song)

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s360s
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 5:47:12 PM

Of course I was joking.

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MadKatBebop
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 10:53:58 PM

Thank God!

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fundando
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 2:57:19 AM
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Robert downey jr for young snake
bruce willis old snake

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ceedot
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 3:15:23 AM
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The guy who voices him should play him. There's a scene in MGS4 where he says 'I've just come off the set off the movie', and he's dressed as Snake.
Maybe he will play him?

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DGo8
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 3:38:23 AM
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i think...Daniel Day Lewis as Liquid.....member him in in Gangs Of New York picture that but he obvs was swearing liquids kinda clothing and with crey hair and a grey tash i dunno i think it might be good. As for snake im not 2 sure lol

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LowKey
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 3:47:09 AM
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bruce willis for old snake???? no... no no no no no,I'm sorry I would like old snake at least to look like him, Kurt Russell for old snake, I think the timing for this movie Sucks 10 years ago Kurt coulda played snake yet again lol, he's played a Snake twice and I think he would have it down pat. Although I do see where your coming from, get Brucie to grow another moustache slap a mullet wig on him and I could see it. But I think kurt has that look more naturally

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JoshBall
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 4:17:01 AM
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Hmmmm i remember when it was first announced and Hayter was asked and he wasn't allowed or something. I wanted him to do it but after finding out he couldn't, the idea left me a bit.

I do reckon he should do it, but if bale did it or something i wouldn't mind. And whatever you all say, he isn't a bad actor at all, and he was told to put that voice on as batman, to mask his voice, he didn't just randomly come out with it!

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tridon
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 6:03:04 AM
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I'd take Bale or Neeson if they were offered the roles. Otherwise, as far as looks goes, I'd think your best picks would be either Hugh Jackman or Dylan McDermott.

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Mr Bitey
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 8:07:52 AM
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"What games does he play? 'That,' he said."

Confirmed: Bale owns a PS3?

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RadioHeader
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 8:42:08 AM

Batman owns a PS3, and in part 3 he's gonna own all the bots!
Would Gate$ make a good evil villain?

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 8:32:33 AM
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why oh why do they want to make a movie of MGS!? great, i have to sit through another butchering.

If they ever do this to Shadow of the colossus like ive heard, i will never spend cash on hollywood ever again.

*sigh* if i had to choose, Hugh Jackman.

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tlpn99
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 8:59:22 AM
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Arnold I agree David Hayter. He does the voice in the game it is not going to be the same if he does not do it it's that simple.

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 9:20:35 AM
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How about the story just remain told through the games? Has anyone considered that? I mean, a story of that kind of epic scale just can't fit into a 2 hour film, it's impossible!!
Maybe if it were a trilogy, then it could be done, but really, is there anything wrong with keeping it in video game form?

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mackid1993
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 10:26:52 AM
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kiefer sutherland-snake
jon voight-colonel
megan fox-naomi
shia le bouf-raiden
???-otacon

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LunaticFringe
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 11:16:55 AM
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I'm sorry, but who CAN'T do solid snakes voice. David Hayter was in the right place at the right time for that gig.

I like the idea of Eric Bana playing Snake. Bana is bad ass and the Hulk wasn't his fault. I think the guy deserves a Comic-Con come back.

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 2:13:01 PM
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he does not have that look or aura, actually, it is difficult for anyone in real to have that spirit of Snake.

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 6:38:35 PM

please do not follow the path of failure as Square Enix did with the Final Fantasy Spirit Within, -- resulting in almost bankruptcy and the merging of Square and Enix and the departure of the legendary Sagaguchi.

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LunaticFringe
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 2:33:23 PM
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how about a MoCap movie like Beowulf, have Hayter's voice on someone else's body. That would be awesome, Beowulf was awesome.

Question is, what story line would they use? would they cram all the best stuff into flashbacks or take some lazy and cheap "Snake the early years, or Snake in highschool" nonsense.

Metal Gear the musical?

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atomaweapon
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 2:42:36 PM
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I'm about all Bale'd out to tell you the truth. He's good but not that good to be in every single movie for summer. Plus he doesn't look like Snake to begin with.

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Turbey
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 2:45:01 PM
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Hugh Jackman anyone?

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JPBooch
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 4:12:20 PM
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Hugh Jackman? Let him stick with wolfie. He seems to pull that off pretty well.

I think Bale would be good for Snake. Give him a five o'clock shadow and an eye patch and you couldn't tell the difference.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 6:15:40 PM
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Bale would be a horrible choice and no doubt he would use that horrible acting voice he used for batman, just like he did in Terminator...

Plus he is a douche!

Snake would be a hard roll to fit, i personally cant picture anyone other than Hayter doing it! It's the voice!

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 7:02:22 PM
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What about David Hayter, the voice of Snake? Why couldn't he do it?

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LunaticFringe
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 9:30:53 PM
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David Hayter is a great actor..good choice..he was awesome..in that one episode...of Major Dad"...:P

next..

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dhall0749
Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 11:19:47 PM
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no bale if they choose bale im going to throw my mgs games in the trash (not really) but at least have someone who has played the game if they are going to do a movie

bale is way overrated 2 movies and well he seems very bland as an actor.

David Hayter is the obvious choice to people who played a mgs game

maybe Edward Norton with some muscle and makeup loved him in American history x not the best looking snake but could pass with some work

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LowKey
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 4:37:51 AM
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Actually, Hughe Jackman would be acceptable, I could see it, good choice he kinda has that look about him, lets keep going with people who could look like snake, lets not have another Dragonball Evolution *ugh* I just threw up a bit in my mouth. but like I said, Big Boss should be played by no one else but the ORIGINAL voice of Snake Kurt Russell

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Turbey
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ 7:41:09 AM
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I personally would like to see Hugh Jackman as Snake:) He looks like him and he think he can make that "snake-voice" if he just practise ha little:P

Hideo Kojima said he`s would pick Viggo Mortensen as Snake, I think he did anyway. But who knows, it problably won`t be any of those we`ve come up with...

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slayerkillemall
Monday, June 29, 2009 @ 11:04:19 AM
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i have no doubt,that vigo would do a great job as snake,(if you dont agree take a look at "A history of violence),and is a better choice than bale..

the main reason i hated terminator salvation was bale is no Connor,then again he's no batman...

my guess is bale would be better suited for dramas...

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