The master of motion capture, Andy Serkis, brought his services to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, it turns out that’s how he got his gig in the franchise.
First playing Ulysses Klaue (Klaw) in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and will be reprising that role in the upcoming film, Black Panther. Serkis recently spoke from the set of Black Panther, and explained how he got the most recent gig with Marvel.
“Klaw appears in Age of Ultron, and the way that all happened was, they were working with The Imaginarium, which is my performance-capture studio. We were all working and consulting back on Ultron, working with James Spader and Mark Ruffalo and initiating them into the process of motion-capture, because they were both using performance-capture. We were providing services for that. Then, Joss Whedon said, ‘Hey, this is crazy, why don’t you come and be in the show?’ And I thought, ‘Oh, alright, that’d be fun.'”
Serkis began his motion capture career by portraying Gollum in the second installment of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers. He soon became the go-to-guy for motion capture, providing the basis for King Kong, Cesar in The Planet of the Apes franchise, and most recently took a turn in the Star Wars Universe as gone too soon baddie, Supreme Leader Snoke.
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