Motion-capture is gaining popularity in the film industry, with more and more movies utilising the technology. Andy Serkis, the number one name in mo-cap, discussed the technology during an interview about his directorial debut, Breathe – letting slip that Tom Hardy would be using it to portray the title character in Venom.
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, Serkis let slip the Venom secret when talking about whether mo-cap performances deserve more awards season recognition:
“The time has come that people understand that performance capture is a technology, not a genre of acting. 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.”
While he doesn’t mention Venom by name, production has just started on the film, and let’s face it – what other Tom Hardy films in the pipeline would need the actor to wear a mo-cap suit?
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise either, as Venom’s alien symbiote form (including giant toothy mouth and foot-long tongue) wouldn’t exactly be easy to do with make-up, and the character’s last appearance, in Spider-Man 3 was created using CGI. In this new version, mo-cap should give the character’s appearance a more realistic edge.
Venom is slated for release on October 5th, 2018.