Andy Serkis and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” fans were likely disappointed this morning when the actor did not show up in Best Supporting Actor nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. A performance capture Oscar nod is likely going to take some time.
In a recent interview with The LA times Serkis had this to say about the increased recognition for his work:
“There’s a real growing appreciation for performance-capture technology as a tool for acting. Over the years, people have asked me, “Do you think there should be a separate category for acting in the digital realm? Or hybrid sort of awards for digital characters?” and so on. And I’ve always really maintained that I don’t believe so. I think it should be considered acting, because it is. My part in it, what I do, as say the authorship of the role, the creation, the emotional content of the role, the physicality up until the point of delivering that for the director, it is acting. Getting that nomination for the Critics’ Choice is a significant leap, really, in understanding.”
As to his reprisal of the role that brought him to the worlds attention, Gollum, Serkis found that it took him a moment to step back into his skin, but once he did, it was deeply gratifying.
“Gollum’s never really gone too far away from me because he’s indelibly kind of printed into my DNA now, I think. I’ll tell you what was weird is going back and playing a character that has been so sort of absorbed into public consciousness that you almost don’t feel like you own it anymore. And to sort of gather it back — I mean, I did feel, I think, probably in the first couple of days going back into it that I was sort of doing a weird impersonation of him rather than being him because there have been so many spoofs and people’s impersonations and so on, and some people’s impersonations are really great. And I’m kind of thinking, “Oh gosh, that’s how to do it, yeah.” And you know, then you get back into it. … Meaningfully getting back into it was really exciting.”
Perhaps this is the one that will finally get him an Oscar nomination.
For the full interview head over to The LA Times.
Source: The LA Times
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