Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Andy Serkis and The Avengers

When rumors hit the internet, it is always wise to take it all with a grain of salt. Of course that type of thinking is nothing new. No matter how exciting the rumor may sound, it is always wise to proceed with caution when reading news. Sometimes something may sound so good, but the way journalists and reporters can ask a question or word something can be crucial. I think that is exactly what happened last week when Andy Serkis discussed his involvement in not only "Star Wars: Episode VII" but "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Serkis has become the very first digital star we have ever seen. He did the digital acting on Gollum, which really got him noticed. Then he did the digital acting for King Kong in 2005 and also as Ceasar in the "Planet of the Apes" reboot series. If you only know him as a digital actor, he is also a very talented regular actor too, having human roles in such films as "The Prestige" from 2006, where he knocked his small role out of the park. Serkis is a guy who can do it all, but it seems his strength is in the digital world and that seems to be where he is headed with "Star Wars." 

Honestly, despite the speculation, we just don't know if Serkis will be digital in "Avengers." I know his recent interview may have hinted that, but we don't know. This is what I am talking about when people word stuff in a certain way. A new report came today that confirmed a couple things about Serkis' involvement. He is playing ONE character in the sequel and that role is still a secret. He is NOT doing mocap work for Mark Ruffalo or James Spader, he is NOT playing multiple characters. He HAS been consulting with Ruffalo since Ruffalo is the first actor to actually play The Hulk. No matter what Serkis does, his involvement is awesome and if he is digital or live-action in Avengers, it is going to be awesome.


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