Andy Serkis Is More Than Just an Actor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By Rochelle Paula Carino | 2 years ago
Andy Serkis Is More Than Just an Actor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

With the way he acted as Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” and his digital imaging prowess, Andy Serkis gave his assistance in the creation of two monsters for the “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Read on to know more about the details in this scoop.

The month of November gave the three movies of 2015 their much-awaited trailers. “Jurassic World” thrilled everybody with the participation of Chris Pratt as he rode with raptors in their hunt for the D–Rex. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” awakened all of the sleeping "Star Wars" fans with their modified light saber. But of course, this was all jumpstarted by Marvel when they rebut the leak of their “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer by officially releasing the official one. Fans are stoked than ever, and if they were pumped then, they are surely more pumped now. Catching a glimpse of the Hulk, the Hulkbuster and Ultron, there’s actually one person in the trailer who helped the studio in the actualization of such monsters. If there’s one person whom you can rely on to assist in the acting and realization of a character, turn to the one who brought Gollum to life in the “Lord of the Rings” as Andy Serkis offered his assistance in the motion capture technology Marvel used to bring Ultron and Hulk to life.


According to Screen Rant, the details to Andy Serkis’ character in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has yet to be revealed, but speculations are suggesting that he will be playing the villain role of Ulysses Klaw, who is the long time enemy of Black Panther. The facts do add up on that one as Marvel made the confirmation that some of the characters of Phase 3 will be introduced in the upcoming films. Be that as it may, Serkis has proven himself to not just be an affluent actor but also an efficient behind-the-scene man as he was also recruited to offer assistance in the actualization of the latest Bruce Banner/Hulk version of Mark Ruffalo through motion capture technology.

“We gave Mark weights; we had voice projections so he could do his Hulk roar. On screen we could have a virtual representation of the low-res avatar of The Hulk, so he could come out and feel that sense of scale,” said the actor during his interview with Empire on how they maximized the elements to feature a lot of rage, fits for the green monster The Hulk in his digital effects fortitude, The Imaginarium.

Moreover, the actor also shared about how they came up with the physical attributes of Ultron for the movie. “We did some work on Ultron, on the development of Ultron before James Spader came on board. In terms of movement styles: was he gonna be human-like? Was he going to be robot-like? So we worked with a bunch of different people, from body-popping experts to dancers, to this guy called Neil who’s nearly eight feet tall…”

Serkis sure got a lot on his plate at the moment with the way he’s also involved in the behind-the-scenes of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as he voiced the narration in the teaser trailer. He will also be directing “The Jungle Book: Origins” for Warner Bros. However, let’s just keep the closest to date a priority for now as “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be released on May 1, 2015.

That concludes our update on the motion capture technology of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” with the help of Andy Serkis. Keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on upcoming films.

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