Andy Serkis’ Role in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON May Be More Than Just Consulting
A while back, we learned that the Master of Mo-Cap, Andy Serkis, had joined the crew of the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, playing a large role in the upcoming sequel, Joss Whedon wanted to make sure they made the best of the situation and the inclusion of Serkis certainly does that, with his massive resume that centers on the skill. Ruffalo previously used the new technology for Avengers, but Serkis is there to make sure that Ruffalo’s full potential is brought to the forefront. But, it sounds like Serkis may have more than just a consultant role in the film.
Serkis recently spoke with Variety about his current slate of films, which also includes Star Wars: Episode VII, and his part in both the massive projects. When asked about his part in Age of Ultron, his response is quite surprising. Take a look.
Variety: You’re involved with both “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Star Wars Episode VII.”
Serkis: The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role (in both films). On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo.
Variety: Will we actually see your face?
Serkis: I’m not at liberty to mention. But it’s all the same to me. 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.
Obviously, he’s not going to divulge too much information and we have no idea who, or as is the case in many of his roles, what he will be playing in the film and may may not know for some time. He did go on to praise Ruffalo and the work he’s done so far. He also explains that Ruffalo is going to a new level with the motion capture he is using this time around.
Performance capture was used on the previous “Hulk,” but not to the same extent Mark is using it now. 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.
If ever there were a person to help nail down mo-cap, it’s Serkis. His work on the Lord of the Rings films is legendary and more recently, his take on Caesar in the reboot of the Planet of the Apes films is even more incredible. The actor was also asked if there was a monster that he’d like to portray some time and his reply of Quasimoto in the Hunchback of Notre Dame is something that I’d absolutely love to see happen. Someone get on that! Like yesterday!
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