Oscar whispers for "ape actor" in new Planet of the Apes film

BY ADAM WIDMER | PUBLISHED: 12-09-2016

Actor, Andy Serkis, spoke out about possibly winning an Oscar for playing Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes.

Actor, Andy Serkis, spoke out about possibly winning an Oscar for playing Caesar inWar for the Planet of the Apes.

Serkis, who raised major Oscar buzz with his Caesar performance in the 2014 film,Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, spoke about the argument for motion capture actors being nominated by the Motion Picture Academy for Oscar Awards. "The point of the matter is that we're actors playing roles and they happen to be in this instance, apes," reasoned Serkis. "But there is no difference. If we were to block out the scenes as actors in costumes it would be no different, the process is no difference. You're embodying the character, you're creating the psychology and physically, you're living the moment."

Serkis also addressed arguments against nominating motion capture actors.

"There is this whole gray area seemingly that every time this is talked about (regarding) animators and who takes ultimate responsibility for the character, but without question, and I'll go down saying this, these characters are all authored by what we're doing on set," argued Serkis. "They are not authored by animators. Animators do amazing work translating and interpolating the characters and facial performances, but if you don't get it on the day, in the moment, on set, in front of the camera with a director and the actors, the emotional content of the scene and the actors, if it's not there on the day it will never be in the movie. So that is really important to understand, and it is understood.

 

 

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