Andy Serkis Has an Unknown Role in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Also
Along with rumors from Lou Ferrigno that another standalone Hulk movie was coming after The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has since been backed up by star Mark Ruffalo, we also learned that motion-capture performance master Andy Serkis was working on the film. Serkis had been working closely with Ruffalo regarding some more intensive motion-capture work to help bring the big guy to life in the Marvel sequel, and the actor's company The Imaginarium is performance capture consultant, just like on Star Wars Episode VII. But now we have word that Serkis actually has a role in The Avengers follow-up too.
Speaking with Variety, Serkis confirmed, "The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role (in both films)." He was also asked whether it was a motion-capture role or one where we'll actually see his face, but he didn't give anything away saying, "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." That's certainly something we respect, and wish the Academy would recognize his efforts with a bit more acclaim. But if we were to speculate about his role, Ulton has robots at his disposal, so maybe he brings them to life?
As for the rest of his work on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, why is Serkis just now being brought in to help with the motion-capture. Didn't Ruffalo already do this for The Avengers? Serkis says, "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." Sounds like there might be more Hulk than we previously saw in The Avengers, and that sounds good to me.