Mark Ruffalo Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Motion Capture Technology, And Much, Much More
Mark Ruffalo recently sat down with the good folks at Collider to chat about the highly-anticipated Avengers sequel and what we may be seeing from him in his duel role as Bruce Banner and Hulk. The actor opened up about Banner‘s motivations and relationship with the Hulk, as well as confirming that he and his Age of Ultron cast mates will be showing up to Comic Con with a little footage.
When asked about his outing in the second Avengers and whether or not that’s paving the way to a solo Hulk film, Ruffalo once again says a solo film is a tough nut to crack. He admits they’re getting close and then goes on to talk about the relationship between Hulk and Banner that is being explored, and will be explored, in the Avengers films:
He’s a tough nut to crack of all of them, I think. He’s the one person who doesn’t want to do the very thing that all of us are dying to see him do and he’s the one person who doesn’t want to be there, [laughs] and so it can get very maudlin, it could get very boring to watch the guy who’s moping around who doesn’t want to do the very thing that we’re all dying to see him do. And so I think that’s the tough part of cracking that nut. I think that’s what’s made it problematical in the past.
But I do feel like we’ve gained some ground on this new version of him, which has – he’s sort of turning to face himself, and I think the relationship between Banner and The Hulk as a conscious conflict, it could be really interesting. The one thing that I think The Hulk is terrified of is Banner, and that’s never really been mined. And now with this new motion capture technology, we can do something really exciting with Hulk that we’ve never been able to do performance-wise that I am hoping when we’re talking about doing a new version of this, that we’re really talking about having a relationship between these two entities that is conscious of each other and in conflict with each other in a really cool, interesting way.
Part of getting it right is presenting a believable Hulk on film. The Avengers did an excellent job, but it sounds like Age of Ultron will take it to an entirely new level. Ruffalo and mo-cap guru Andy Serkis have been working together, and it appears they’ve put together an entirely new process for the film:
We’re a little bit behind on the motion capture technology as far as facial recognition in real time. Now we have, when I put on my motion capture suit, I look in front of me and there’s me as The Hulk. There’s The Hulk. Every move I make, The Hulk’s making it and so you have this immediate feedback like almost looking in a mirror, but instead of seeing myself, I see The Hulk … But they haven’t come up to speed on the facial recognition that way. They can capture the facial – the new technology is we can shoot the body recognition and the facial recognition at the same time, so now you can integrate performance, physical performance with the actual face and voice, but by the time we’re ready to probably – if we do another Hulk – that technology will be in real time and once that happens, there’d be no limit to what you can do creatively as far as your physical being is concerned. I can play a freakin’ parasite in the ass of a worm [laughs].
It’s so exciting. There’s no limit to where we can go. I hope to be a pioneer in this space with Andy Serkis. I worked a lot with him on this. I’m very excited by what he’s doing. We are retraining the studio to see this as integral a part as the first unit. This is not second or third unit or motion capture unit. This is first unit. This is performance. It’s completely driven by the actor and it has to be honored as much as anything else, so that’s kind of where we’re heading with this technology and it’s very exciting.
The actor had a lot more to say, and you can hear it all for yourself by watching the video below. You can click the source link to see Collider‘s full transcript if that’s more your style as well. Hopefully Marvel decides to release the Comic Con footage, or at least part of it, like they did with the Ultron teaser. We’ll just have to wait and see how exactly the Hulk will look this time around. What do you think about Ruffalo‘s comments?
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Source : Collider