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Andy Serkis to play a character in Avengers: Age of Ultron?

06.30.2014

While Mark Ruffalo did some performance capture for his role as the Hulk in THE AVENGERS, we knew that his work would be taken to the next level in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, as he's enlisted the help of veteran mo-cap performer Andy Serkis (DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS). Presumably just there in a mentoring capacity, Mr. Serkis recently suggested that he might have a little more to do than just teach Mark Ruffalo the ropes.

Regarding his talents being used from both AGE OF ULTRON and STAR WARS:

The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role. On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo.

On whether or not we'll actually see Andy's face:

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.

On why he was brought in to coach Mark Ruffalo 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.

When you think about it, having Andy play a role makes sense. After all, why hire one of the most talented (and certainly most popular) mo-cap artists and not give him something to do in the film? In regards to AGE OF ULTRON, I wonder if he is just being coy about the whole thing. Perhaps a cameo, or maybe something more? We've heard that James Spader will be donning the mo-cap outfit for some of his work as the titular ULTRON, so what's left for Mr. Serkis?

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be out on May 1, 2014, but you can check out Andy Serkis' most recent work in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, which is getting some great advance praise, on July 11, 2014.

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Source: Variety

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3:01PM on 06/30/2014
More Serkis is NEVER a bad thing. The dude fucking owns.
More Serkis is NEVER a bad thing. The dude fucking owns.
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1:18PM on 06/30/2014

overrated

never really understoid why he gets so much love, he aint a very good actor! sure he can climb about in.a mocap suit and play an ape or some ugly creature like gollum but does that make him an actor, there has to be thousands if not millions if other peopke who.coukd do what he does.
never really understoid why he gets so much love, he aint a very good actor! sure he can climb about in.a mocap suit and play an ape or some ugly creature like gollum but does that make him an actor, there has to be thousands if not millions if other peopke who.coukd do what he does.
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1:27PM on 06/30/2014
Ignorance is bliss.
A good character performance is not something everyone can do. Then you throw in the fact that it is being motion-captured where subtle differences in movement can mean the difference between whether the character appears to be in emotional pain or just farted. There really is a certain skill required to pull if off well. Throwing on the suit and just moving around will not cut it.
Ignorance is bliss.
A good character performance is not something everyone can do. Then you throw in the fact that it is being motion-captured where subtle differences in movement can mean the difference between whether the character appears to be in emotional pain or just farted. There really is a certain skill required to pull if off well. Throwing on the suit and just moving around will not cut it.
1:54PM on 06/30/2014
Probably because tastes are subjective, and most people disagree with your assessment.
Probably because tastes are subjective, and most people disagree with your assessment.
3:57PM on 07/01/2014
let put a cun* mo-cap on you & see if you could act like 1 ..
let put a cun* mo-cap on you & see if you could act like 1 ..
1:12PM on 06/30/2014

overrated

never really understoid why he gets so much love, he aint a very good actor! sure he can climb about in.a mocap suit and play an ape or some ugly creature like gollum but does that make him an actor, there has to be thousands if not millions if other peopke who.coukd do what he does.
never really understoid why he gets so much love, he aint a very good actor! sure he can climb about in.a mocap suit and play an ape or some ugly creature like gollum but does that make him an actor, there has to be thousands if not millions if other peopke who.coukd do what he does.
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1:01PM on 06/30/2014
"AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be out on May 1, 2014"

Damn...I missed it.
"AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be out on May 1, 2014"

Damn...I missed it.
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2:01PM on 06/30/2014
Same. But it should be out on Blu-ray in a couple of months anyways.
Same. But it should be out on Blu-ray in a couple of months anyways.
12:34PM on 06/30/2014
This could be a number of things.
Brolin is voicing Thanos but Serkis could mo-cap him.
Serkis could don the Hulkbuster armor.
He could mo-cap Ultron's clone army.
With his talent I won't be surprised if he pulls off all of these above and some.
This could be a number of things.
Brolin is voicing Thanos but Serkis could mo-cap him.
Serkis could don the Hulkbuster armor.
He could mo-cap Ultron's clone army.
With his talent I won't be surprised if he pulls off all of these above and some.
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1:38PM on 06/30/2014
I think the Ultron clone army is the best guess.

Frankly, if James Spader is mo-capping the main Ultron, I don't see why Brolin can't mo-cap Thanos.
I think the Ultron clone army is the best guess.

Frankly, if James Spader is mo-capping the main Ultron, I don't see why Brolin can't mo-cap Thanos.
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12:27PM on 06/30/2014

oops

You might want to check that release date for age of ultron again.
You might want to check that release date for age of ultron again.
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2:02PM on 06/30/2014
No. It's right. I saw the movie already and Andy Serkis plays the Hulk's pants.
No. It's right. I saw the movie already and Andy Serkis plays the Hulk's pants.
12:20PM on 06/30/2014
A fellow schmoe suggested Red Hulk...which would be pretty cool.
A fellow schmoe suggested Red Hulk...which would be pretty cool.
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