Andy Serkis is the profilic leader of motion-capture acting, having played Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings”, King Kong, and Caesar in “Planet of the Apes.” On top of this, Serkis will be in two of the biggest upcoming franchises, “Star Wars: Episode VII” and now “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.
Serkis’ production company The Imaginarium has been the performance-capture consultant for the upcoming Avengers film (and also this summer’s Godzilla). Serkis will play a role in the movie in addition to coaching and working closely with Mark Ruffalo for The Hulk.
Although performance capture was used on the previous Hulk in the first film, it has not been used “to the same extent Mark is using it now,” Serkis explains. “There are tools and ways of working with an actor that makes them feel that they own the character. And a character the size of the Hulk needs ownership, which Mark has now.”
Serkis is not permitted to mention whether or not his role in the film will be motion-capture or not. “But it’s all the same to me.” He says. “I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different.”
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