Chameleonic technical wizard Andy Serkis has announced that he’s involved in the biggest upcoming Hollywood undertaking that isn’t the new Star Wars films (though he’s tied up in those too). In an interview with Variety, Serkis mentioned that The Imaginarium, a performance-capture company that he heads, is acting as motion-capture consultant on The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Serkis went on to reveal that in addition to consulting and “working closely with Mark Ruffalo,” he will also play a small role in the film itself. Naturally, he remained tight-lipped about the nature of his character. (Chances that he will fill the hovering throne of M.O.D.O.K. may be slim, but this writer remains hopeful.)
In the interview, Serkis makes a compelling comment about the way he approaches live-action performance vs. motion-capture, saying, “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.”
As we’ve learned from his work on the recent Planet Of The Apes reboot, Serkis’ characters are capable of conveying a vast range and specificity of emotion, digitally or otherwise. His is certainly a forward-thinking mindset, and one that advancing technologies and shifting attitudes toward digital cinema may soon lead us all to share.