Earlier today SYFY reported that Sony Pictures' Spider-Man spin-off Venom has officially started production. The film's official Twitter account shared a candid photo of Tom Hardy at work with "Day #1" for a caption.
While Hardy and the crew were getting into the web sling of things, Andy Serkis was doing press for Breathe, where he's making his directorial debut. Usually, Serkis is known for being in front of the camera dressed in a skin-tight suit portraying his character in motion capture, so he's the face of the technology that has revolutionized Hollywood. The British actor/director educated the layman on why motion capture isn't a genre but merely a tool for filmmaking.
"The time has come that people understand that performance capture is a technology, not a genre of acting," Serkis told Yahoo Movies UK. "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," Serkis inadvertently revealed. "It all points up ‘What is the nature of acting?’, and there is no difference between acting wearing a costume and makeup or wearing a motion-capture suit. That’s plain and simple, it just needs awarding bodies to understand that.”
Venom star Tom Hardy is joined by Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed, and Ruben Fleischer is attached to direct.
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