Andy Serkis has grown in popularity in the last decade and a half. He is a revolutionary and an innovator who helped legitimize the technology of motion capture with the role of Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Serkis has continued the trend as well, working with Jackson again on King Kong and The Hobbit as well as playing the role of Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis has also landed some roles in live action as well, including King Kong, Les Miserables and upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
However, in a recent interview with Variety, Serkis confirmed involvement in another franchise:
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.
Interesting to say the least, while filming is already more than halfway done, Serkis seems to be consulting on the motion capture. When asked why he's coaching an actor who has worked with this technology before he said:
"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."
It's really cool that Serkis is now seen as an authority on this kind of thing, Yet it would be nice if he had an actual role in the film itself, which he claims to have. However his role and capacity on that front was not verified (and of course Serkis is no stranger to very secretive projects). When asked if we will see his face, Serkis responded:
"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."
Either way it's truly exciting to have more people joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I look forward to seeing this movie when it comes out.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.