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Which JJ Abrams regular performed motion capture work as the Super 8 monster?

Jun. 13, 2011by:
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Some mild spoilers below...

Earlier this spring, I had a chance to see about 20 minutes of SUPER 8 and talk a little bit with JJ Abrams afterward. At his request, the conversation was informal and not recorded for the site. But one of the questions I asked at the time was whether he and his crew had an internal name for the quote-unquote monster in the film (Abrams had, up until that point, be referring to it as "the thing"), not unlike how Spielberg called his great white shark "Bruce." At the time, Abrams admitted they had a name but didn't want to reveal what it was or why just yet. But now we know...

It turns out Abrams called the monster "Cooper" and that also explains another mystery: why STAR TREK actor Bruce Greenwood was credited at the end of the film.

Greenwood is listed in the credits having played Cooper and now we know why. The actor performed the motion capture work for the monster in the film. Greenwood got the call last year from Abrams and worked in secret with a small crew in Los Angeles to shape some body and facial movements for the monster. Hopefully some of this footage will make the DVD/Blu-ray of the film and we'll see how Cooper was designed and constructed.

All this doesn't explain why John Krasinski was also listed in the credits but maybe that's staying in JJ's mystery box.

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10:15AM on 06/13/2011

That's awesome!

Greenwood is a badass!
Greenwood is a badass!
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12:33PM on 06/13/2011
I really want to know why John Krasinski was credited.
I really want to know why John Krasinski was credited.
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12:49PM on 06/13/2011
Everything about Cooper looked completely keyframed to me.
Everything about Cooper looked completely keyframed to me.
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5:36PM on 06/13/2011
Did anyone else notice Judd Apatow was also credited?
Did anyone else notice Judd Apatow was also credited?
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6:35PM on 06/13/2011

anyone else notice...

another Abrams regular Greg Grunberg? Apparently he was on a TV at some point acting in a sitcom in Super 8. Might have to look closely next time. I also didn't realize he was Kirk's stepdad's voice in Star Trek.
another Abrams regular Greg Grunberg? Apparently he was on a TV at some point acting in a sitcom in Super 8. Might have to look closely next time. I also didn't realize he was Kirk's stepdad's voice in Star Trek.
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7:51PM on 06/13/2011

Greg Grunberg

He appears as the voice of a sitcom actor near the end of the film. I think it's when Joe and Cary discover what the creature is doing.
He appears as the voice of a sitcom actor near the end of the film. I think it's when Joe and Cary discover what the creature is doing.
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11:00PM on 06/13/2011
TUNA!!!!
TUNA!!!!
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12:51AM on 06/14/2011
This made me laugh.
This made me laugh.
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4:33AM on 06/14/2011
John Krasinski played the sheriff, in makeup and fat suit.
True tuna fact.
John Krasinski played the sheriff, in makeup and fat suit.
True tuna fact.
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