If you've seen a good handful of movies that involve motion capture, then you've probably seen Andy Serkis' acting - and if you haven't, somehow, you will in exactly a year to this day, when [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) premieres. While on press tour for the final installment of The Hobbit, titled [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312), the actor cleared up some of the more wild speculation on the new movie, and gave us just a few details on his character. Here are the highlights:
He's Only Playing One Character
As opposed to the multiple roles the diverse actor usually takes on, it appears that Serkis only has one role in the film, and his character has already been heard. It's already been cleared up that the narration in last month's teaser trailer was Andy Serkis, but the actor went on to clarify that his voice was completely unaltered for the trailer - so what we hear is what we're gonna get. The ominous narration has led a lot of fans to believe that Serkis will be playing a Sith villain, and it seems as though he might well be the primary villain of the film.
His Character Has Seen Stuff, Maaaan
Just to add even more hints at darkness within Serkis' character, he went on to say something quite ominous regarding his past:
“I have to be very careful about how I answer these questions. The character …” he says, followed by a long pause. “He’s been through some stuff.”
He Giggled At Some Speculation
The actor was informed on a rumor that his character would be leading a group of Jedi Hunters, who were athletic and rumored to integrate acrobatics into their fighting scenes. Serkis quickly put that theory to rest.
[The theory] gets a big laugh out of Serkis – along with a sustained eyeball-roll. “I’m not leading a band of gymnasts or acrobats,” he says.
But hey, other rumors say that Serkis will work with Adam Driver's character, so maybe in their case, the rule of two will hold up.
He Wants an Action Figure
“That, I hope,” Serkis says, crossing his arms. “I’d better.”
Whether the actor is appearing on screen or via mocap, one thing is for sure: he wants an action figure, and thinks his role is important enough for one.
The Movie Wasn't Titled The Force Awakens While Shooting
It seems like even the cast was left in the dark as far as titles go, despite several sites taking stabs at it as early as they movie's initial announcement. “No, no, it’s always just been called Episode 7 to this point,” said the actor. “Then I knew it was called The Force Awakens. It’s very pertinent.”
I'm gearing up for several Star Wars nuts - myself included - to be blatantly wrong when it comes to theories or speculation, but at least this interview clears up a few details! Read the full Star Wars 7 conversation here.