A month or two ago, news broke that Andy Serkis was helping Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo produce the best green monster machine on film by using extensive new motion capture technology. Now, I get a small little joy in pointing out that I predicted none other than the news we have received today: Andy Serkis has a role in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035).
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.
Curious as usual, Serkis was asked whether he'd be playing someone as a traditional actor or using his famous motion capture CGI as his means to act, but with Marvel's super-strict secrecy policy, he didn't budge:
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.
Fortunately, with his extensive involvement with Ruffalo, it might just be safe to assume the two have been working together in the same mo-cap production rooms, so he likely has a mo-cap part. Could Andy be playing a role that we haven't been told about yet, or could he be assisting with another CGI-necessary character we already know about?
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters next summer on May 1st, 2015.
Who is Andy Serkis playing?