Andy Serkis, the motion capture actor who voiced and portrayed such characters as Smigel the self-exiled Hobbit from ‘The Lord of the Rings’, King Kong, Cesar the genetically enhanced ape from the ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ and now apparently he is to be playing a as of yet unknown character in the upcoming Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.
He didn’t give any real clues as to who he will be playing or if we will actually see his face.
I’m not at liberty to mention. But 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.
He has been brought in to coach actor Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner / The Hulk) and has been working closely with him but he states that he is also playing a role in the movie.
Performance capture was used on the previous “Hulk,” but not to the same extent Mark is using it now. There are tools and ways of working with an actor that makes them feel that they own the character. And a character the size of the Hulk needs ownership, which Mark has now.
We do know that he will not be playing the mo cap part of Ultron, this films villain which will be voiced and acted by actor James Spader.