Breathe director and performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis has revealed that Tom Hardy’s role in the Spider-Man spin-off ‘Venom’ will be achieved using performance capture. It’s the first time the Dunkirk star has played a digital character on screen.
Talking to Yahoo Movies about his directorial debut ‘Breathe’, the conversation turned towards whether performance capture roles, like Gollum or Caesar in ‘War For The Planet of the Apes’, deserved awards recognition. Serkis, who runs performance capture studio The Imaginarium wholeheartedly supports the idea, letting slip the Venom secret mid-conversation.
“The time has come that people understand that performance capture is a technology, not a genre of acting,” Serkis explains in our video above.
“Acting is acting, and the more actors – like Steve Zahn… and Karin Konoval who plays Maurice in War For The Planet of the Apes – the more A-list actors that come on board, like Mark Rylance playing The BFG, or a lot of actors in the new Marvel films… Tom Hardy is playing a new character using performance capture. It all points up ‘what is the nature of acting?’ and there is no difference between acting wearing a costume and make up, or wearing a motion capture suit. That’s plain and simple, it just needs awarding bodies to understand that.”
Read the full interview on Yahoo Movies here.