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Snakeception: Kurt Russell's Rejection of the Snake Saga

In a riveting revelation, iconic actor Kurt Russell recently disclosed that he harbored no desire to lend his voice to a video game character akin to ...

Claire Jackson Jan 30, 2024
Snakeception: Kurt Russell's Rejection of the Snake Saga

In a riveting revelation, iconic actor Kurt Russell recently disclosed that he harbored no desire to lend his voice to a video game character akin to the legendary Snake Plissken from "Escape From New York" and the renowned Solid Snake from "Metal Gear Solid." During a lively interview with GQ, where Russell dissected some of his most memorable roles, the interviewer couldn't help but mention Solid Snake while discussing his portrayal of Snake Plissken in John Carpenter's cult classic from 1981.

With a mischievous glimmer in his eye, the interviewer probed, "There's a video game series called Metal Gear Solid, and it was rumored that there's a character in the game inspired by Snake Plissken. Did they approach you to do the voice-over?"

Russell, ever the candid conversationalist, responded in his own inimitable style, "I'm pretty lazy by nature." While he didn't explicitly confirm or deny any offer to voice Solid Snake, he nonchalantly quipped, "There's been plenty of different times when people have wanted to do something... I don't know, I'm a movie guy."

"I come from a different era," Russell continued, his voice tinged with nostalgia, as he revealed his preference for embodying iconic characters within the confines of a single project. "I wasn't interested in expanding financially off something that we had created... in terms of a character."

Interestingly, the Metal Gear series' creator, Hideo Kojima, found himself teetering on the precipice of a lawsuit due to allegations that the game bore uncanny resemblances to "Escape From New York." However, his friendship with director John Carpenter ultimately saved the day. Carpenter, ever the savior, recalled advising against studio CanalPlus's plans to sue, saying, "I told them not to do that. I know the director of those games, and he's a nice guy, or at least he's nice to me."

To set the record straight, Kojima himself has asserted that Solid Snake was not named after Snake Plissken. Rather, the name was a logical choice that perfectly suited his character.

As the curtain falls on this Snakeception saga, we can't help but wonder what it would have been like if Kurt Russell had taken on the dual role of both Snake Plissken and Solid Snake. Would the world implode with an overdose of snakiness? Would the iconic eyepatch have become the ultimate fashion statement? Alas, we shall never know. Russell's loyalty lies with the silver screen, with the celluloid realm that birthed his characters and immortalized his performances.

So, let us bid adieu to the tantalizing prospect of a Snake-ception and revel in the captivating worlds that Kurt Russell has graced with his presence. After all, in the realm of movies, he is the true king of snakes.

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