As part of an investigation into Russia’s interference with the United States’ 2016 election, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted a number of Russian citizens and companies. The indictment itself is an incredible read, but why do so yourself when one of Metal Gear Solid’s most memorable voices can do it for you?
Voice actor Paul Eiding has provided a voice to numerous characters in games, TV shows, and movies. Among his most famous roles is that of Colonel Roy Campbell, a recurring character from throughout the Metal Gear Solid series. He’s often shared much of the political intrigue in those games, which have dealt at times with information warfare. That makes it particularly surreal to hear that very same voice reciting lines from the aforementioned indictment.
As seen in the YouTube video below, which Eiding shared on Twitter, he–as Campbell–recites about a minute of the indictment. This is all addressed to Snake, and Campbell starts out his first statement by stating the character’s name. Aside from that, he’s reading it all verbatim, and it’s striking to see just how natural this fits what you’d expect to hear from Campbell, perhaps save for the references to YouTube and Facebook.
Eiding’s last Metal Gear Solid appearance came in 2008’s Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots; he wasn’t present in The Phantom Pain or Ground Zeroes. As far as we know, he’s also not present in the newly released Metal Gear Survive, which is set in an alternate dimension just after the events of Ground Zeroes. You can get a look at that game in the video above.