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Andy Serkis spills new details about The Force Awakens' Supreme Leader Snoke

11.17.2015
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I'll just throw this up out front, if you're looking to avoid any sort of spoilers for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, you may want to avoid the following, although, in my opinion, what follows is fairly mild as far as spoilers go.

Andy Serkis' character from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has largely been a mystery, but Serkis spoke up just last week and revealed a few details about who Supreme Leader Snoke is, saying that he's "quite an enigmatic character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite powerful." Now, the talented actor and motion-performance superstar has opened up once again to Empire and spilled a few more details on his mysterious villain.

I worked specifically with Domhnall Gleeson and with Adam Driver. My first day was basically standing on a 25-foot podium doing Lord Snoke without the faintest idea what he looked like... or in fact who he was! I was very high up, totally on my own, away from everybody else, but acting with them. We used sort of a ‘Kongolizer’ method of having sound come out of speakers to give a sense of scale and distance for the character. So it was very challenging and scary, in fact probably one of my most scary film experiences I’ve ever had.

We knew that Snoke was going to be large, but from the way Andy Serkis is describing him, he may very well be even bigger than we'd imagined. Serkis had previously said that Supreme Leader Snoke couldn't have been realized as a practical effect/make-up, and the character's immense size likely had something to do with that. Andy Serkis described Snoke as "severely damaged," but "although he's a powerful leader, he comes across as vulnerable. Very scarred and disfigured." There are a multitude of characters and locations which I can't wait to see in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, but finally getting a look at Andy Serkis' character is pretty high up there.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens on December 18, 2015, which is basically a month away at this point. We can do this.

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Source: Empire

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12:17PM on 11/18/2015

Vader. Calling it now.

It is the remnants of Vader hooked up to a giant life support system that helps boost his force powers. It could even be like a mech suit or something to help him move about. I know Snoke is normal sized, but the reason he is big is what he is attached to.
It is the remnants of Vader hooked up to a giant life support system that helps boost his force powers. It could even be like a mech suit or something to help him move about. I know Snoke is normal sized, but the reason he is big is what he is attached to.
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11:30AM on 11/18/2015

I doubt he's 25 ft. tall

That would make him roughly the same size as Treebeard which would look awkward when it comes to how he talks to his subordinates. Not to mention if this guy gets in a light saber fight how weird and stupid that would probably look. I'm sure the podium he's standing on is a throne of some kind.
That would make him roughly the same size as Treebeard which would look awkward when it comes to how he talks to his subordinates. Not to mention if this guy gets in a light saber fight how weird and stupid that would probably look. I'm sure the podium he's standing on is a throne of some kind.
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9:25AM on 11/18/2015

So he's not Jar Jar...

While I still think the theory is cool, It's probably for the best Jar Jar never return to film.
While I still think the theory is cool, It's probably for the best Jar Jar never return to film.
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12:18PM on 11/18/2015
You can see the bones of Jar Jar (or one of his species) in the desert as a slight nod (unless JJ took the small scene out)
You can see the bones of Jar Jar (or one of his species) in the desert as a slight nod (unless JJ took the small scene out)
12:35AM on 11/18/2015

So they're taking the phrase "Big Bad" literally?

I'm still stoked for this movie. Every component looks great.
I'm still stoked for this movie. Every component looks great.
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