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Hideo Kojima Wasn’t Sued For Solid Snake’s Links to Escape From New York Because He’s “a Nice Guy”

Escape From New York (1981)

You know how Metal Gear Solid‘s Solid Snake is totally a loving homage to Snake Plissken from John Carpenter’s Escape from New York? Apparently Carpenter already knew about this and actually didn’t mind Hideo Kojima’s character because of one reason: Kojima is apparently a pretty nice dude. At least to Carpenter.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Carpenter was talking about a recent lawsuit he was involved in where he sued Luc Besson over his film Lockout, accusing Besson of ripping off Escape from New York. They received a modest settlement for their troubles. But the question turned to Solid Snake and his eerie similarity to Snake Plissken. He said:

[CanalPlus] wanted to also go after the video game Metal Gear Solid, which is kind of a rip-off of Escape From New York, too, but 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.

What, nice guy like he wears a fedora or someth–





… oh.

(via Polygon)

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