Andy Serkis On Helping Mark Ruffalo Perfect His Hulk For AGE OF ULTRON

We learned previously that Mark Ruffalo had turned to motion-capture master Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) for help with his upcoming performance as the Indestructible Hulk in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. But what wisdom did Serkis impart?

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By Mark Julian - 6/27/2014
There are motion-capture artists, and then there's Andy Serkis. If Mark Ruffalo wanted to improve upon his first performance as the Incredible Hulk in 2012's The Avengers, he couldn't ask for a better teacher. Speaking to Variety, Serkis spoke about what he exactly taught Ruffalo to make his Hulk even more "smashing" in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Specifically, Serkis is a consultant for The Imaginarium Studios, a firm that specializes in performance capture technology and who've been contracted to work on Star Wars: Episode VII and the Avengers sequel.  While Serkis didn't talk about Episode VII, he did peel back a few layers on what he's doing on Age of Ultron.  Said Serkis, "The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role [in both, Age of Ultron and Episode VII]. On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo.  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."

'There are tools and ways of working with an actor that makes them feel that they own the character.'  Ruffalo's performance as the Hulk back in 2012 was universally praised, so it will be intersting to see just what this "next level" Serks is implying Ruffalo is taking his performance to, entails.  There were earlier rumors that the Hulk would be running around naked for a bit of the film so maybe that's the deeper level of motion capture needed from Ruffalo?  Hopefully, we'll get our first look at the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, as surely the cast and crew won't show up without footage, right?
Andy Serkis teaches Mark Ruffalo motion capture for Avengers Age of Ultron
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EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 3:45 AM
Can I be first?
loki668 - 6/27/2014, 3:47 AM
If you must.
Starkasm - 6/27/2014, 3:49 AM
I will allow this, Ethan.
StingyFox - 6/27/2014, 3:52 AM
Have a cookie, Ethan. You earned it.
Highflyer - 6/27/2014, 3:55 AM
I've said it once and I will say it again. Please no fricking gorilla movements.
Maven - 6/27/2014, 3:56 AM
Ethan, you may also be my first.
batz11 - 6/27/2014, 3:58 AM
I liked the gorilla movements ;)
batz11 - 6/27/2014, 4:00 AM
AnakinsTwin - 6/27/2014, 4:01 AM
Ethan, it's "May" I be first. Congratulations!
batmanvsuperman - 6/27/2014, 4:02 AM
Comic con need to hurry up and someone needs to leak the footage
AnakinsTwin - 6/27/2014, 4:04 AM
Andy is a genius with mo-cap, I can't wait to see more of the green goliath. I've been trying to keep an even keel about AoU but it's starting to get really difficult! #high-expectations
SonofBatman - 6/27/2014, 4:06 AM
@HighFlyer I completely agree with you. Hulk walks like a regular human being no need to be walking like mighty joe young. He walked regular in 2008 yet in 2012 he didn't. And hulk better not be chubby this time either.
Tetrahedron - 6/27/2014, 4:18 AM
A character the size of the Hulk needs ownership, which Mark has now.
Doopie - 6/27/2014, 4:20 AM
SuperCat - 6/27/2014, 4:20 AM
Ruffalo has the right man for the job. Can't go wrong with Serkis.

EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 4:41 AM
@AnakinsTwin

May I [frick]ing be first?
EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 4:46 AM
EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 4:47 AM
EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 4:48 AM
MsDarkPhoenix - 6/27/2014, 4:49 AM
CGI is for pussies

EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 4:50 AM
I was searching for more gorilla gifs, when I came across a picture of Gusto's wife:

EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 4:51 AM
Crazy, huh?
MsDarkPhoenix - 6/27/2014, 4:54 AM
Gusto doesn't have a wife!! He is young and single and ready to mingle!!
Doopie - 6/27/2014, 4:54 AM
Gusto's wife is a looker compared with his sister and mom
EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 4:57 AM
@MsDarkPhoenix

Oh, I see how it is...



You like Gusto, don't you Phoenix?
MsDarkPhoenix - 6/27/2014, 4:59 AM
I have a crush on him but don't tell him!!! Shhh

EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 5:00 AM
@Doopie

What about the daughter he didn't know he had?



Doopie - 6/27/2014, 5:02 AM
Ethan

I thought she was locked in the basement never to see the light of day again


Phoenix

How did your exams go?
MsDarkPhoenix - 6/27/2014, 5:08 AM
Ahh not as good as I expected doop..... :/ But at least it's over now, we'll see what is going to happen, I hope I can make it to the university I want!!
Doopie - 6/27/2014, 5:11 AM
Well good luck with the results, I'm sure they'll be better than you expect. And now it's party season so have fun!
MsDarkPhoenix - 6/27/2014, 5:13 AM
Thank you very much doop!!! And that's exactly what I'm planning to do!! ;)
DoubleD - 6/27/2014, 5:14 AM
Hulk is not an APE ! He walks tall like a man. I hated the Gorilla movements
EthanSmith - 6/27/2014, 5:20 AM
DreadlockedPoseidon - 6/27/2014, 5:22 AM
Technically Hulk is human & therefore indeed an ape :-P
TheBrotherhood - 6/27/2014, 5:25 AM
ahhhh....the perks of being in the disney empire
kevberg - 6/27/2014, 5:36 AM
"cgi is for pussi#s"

...Or when a Bodybuilder CANNOT compare to or look like the actual character.


MrBlackjack - 6/27/2014, 5:42 AM
Just get the guy that did the Gorilla work on Baby's Day Out!
MsDarkPhoenix - 6/27/2014, 5:46 AM
Who is afraid to say PUSSY?????

:P
Doopie - 6/27/2014, 5:48 AM
Only pussies?
MsDarkPhoenix - 6/27/2014, 5:52 AM
What else do you like doop?? ;)
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