Andy Serkis' sweaty suit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 July 2014
Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis gets "pretty sweaty" working in motion capture suits but finds them "liberating"

Andy Serkis gets "pretty sweaty" working in motion capture suits.

The 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' star finds it "liberating" taking on digitally-enhanced roles because he can be "anything", but admits there are some downsides.

He said: "After a few hours in the suit it gets pretty sweaty so no one really wants to be standing next to me.

"Seriously though, it's liberating and I love it as a way of working because it allows you to play literally anything.

"And it does require huge cajones to get up and do it actually because on a digital set you have to do a lot of your work internally and use your imagination."

Andy spent a lot of time studying gorillas and apes for his work in the 'Planet of the Apes' movies and had a scary encounter with one primate.

He recalled to Loaded magazine: "When I was working at London Zoo there were four gorillas.

"The male was called Bobby and he didn't like me very much because I'd formed a relationship with one of the female gorillas. I've actually got this moment on camera where he's eyeballing me in a threatening way.

"He's engaging me and looking straight into my eyes while gathering a pile of stones together... And suddenly he threw handfuls of them right into the lens of my camera."

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Matt Reeves
  • Written by: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
  • Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • UK release: 17 July 2014

Ten years after the events of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, simian leader Caesar (Serkis) must work with human leader Malcolm (Clarke) to forge an alliance between apes and men. Thought-provoking and exciting, with fine performances from Serkis, Clarke, Oldman and Kebbell, it's a blockbuster for grown-ups.

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