Andy Serkis has walked through huge titles over the years. Provide voice and motion capture for Gollum in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, he also played Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then it got tangled up on the Sony side, like Venom star Tom Hardy consulted Serkis for help on the first film.

Tom Hardy and Andy Serkis | Dave J Hogan / Getty Images

Hardy Considered Motion Capture for 2018 ‘Venom’

In the lead role, Hardy was quite willing to assume a motion capture costume. However, he needs professional help.

When it comes to motion capture, it’s hard to find a bigger name in Hollywood than Serkis.

that of Peter Jackson the Lord of the Rings trilogy set monumental milestones for cinema. The two towers has broken a new mold for motion capture technology. Using a real-time motion capture system, Serkis’ actions were streamed directly into Gollum’s computer-generated skin.

Serkis also performed the motion capture for Caesar in The rise of the planet of the apes in 2011.

Hardy knew that if he got into motion capture, Serkis was the man to go to.

Hardy and Serkis tried to set up a motion capture session

Before the first Venom movie, Hardy called Serkis.

“He called me before the premiere Venom and said, “Andy, I’m going to do this character, and it will be a digital character,” Serkis said in an interview with Uproxx.

Hardy invited Serkis to the performance studio to help him learn to play in motion capture.

Unfortunately, the plans for this meeting between Venom and the Lord of the Rings the actor was never much.

“And at that point, he thought he was using it. But then I never heard from him again for a while. And then Venom 1 came out, and I thought, ‘Oh, that was the character he was talking about.’ “

However, this wasn’t the last time Serkis would have a story to tell about the Marvel symbiote.

Hardy wanted Serkis to make “Venom 2”

The following fans Venom: let there be carnage know that Serkis ended up directing the sequel. Part of this is from Hardy who called him again before Venom 2.

“Tom and I have pretty similar sensitivities in a way – certainly swimming in the darker end of the pool. Kind of a grungy kind of kind of dysfunctional character that is strangers,” Serkis said. many ways, I think that’s why he wanted me to get involved. “

Direct from the first Venom, Ruben Fleischer objected to Hardy over the vision for the film. An essential part of making a movie, however, is the timing between the actors and the director.

“He called me up and he said, ‘Look, we really would like you to throw your hats into the mix for doing this. “Of course everyone loved the lobster tank moment. It’s the benchmark moment. It’s kind of the starting point for this next movie,” Serkis said.

And Hardy and Serkis were sure to work together in the next movie. Although very little resulted from Hardy contacting Serkis for the first time Venom, a new friendship and a new vision took root for Venom 2.

The film is released on October 1, 2021.

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