Like Abraham Lincoln, for example.
TMC will rebroadcast tonight Planet of the Apes: Supremacy, the third part of the successful saga carried by Andy Serkis in Caesar, the leader of the apes in search of freedom. He who amazed everyone by playing Gollum, Captain Haddock or this key character of the trilogy The Planet of the Apes has once again returned to the revolution represented by performance capture with Total Film, when The Lord of the Rings is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
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“In performance capture, the way of recording facial movements is constantly evolving, considers the actor and director. The details, the nuances, the actor’s acting which gives the starting point of the animation, the transposition of this real performance into digital creation… We are getting closer and closer to the ‘real’. Some have seen it with The Planet of the Apes, for example, but even in The Hobbit, Gollum was created on another level (that in The Lord of the Rings, editor’s note). People have criticized me in the past for saying it’s like digital makeup, but it’s becoming that. I think you will soon be able to play a historical figure from his photographic archives, and thus wear the real face of Abraham Lincoln, rather than a fabricated, sculpted mask.
In 2019, Andy Serkis had already shared this idea, adding that the development of such a technology could lead to ethical questions. “This will be the end of stereotypical castings, he judged. This could represent a good opportunity for disabled actors to play able-bodied. It will also be possible for an actor of color to play Abraham Lincoln, or for me, a white middle-class man, to play Martin Luther King. This raises ethical questions. Diversity is very important, so I understand that this subject is sensitive. “
For Andy Serkis, performance capture raises ethical questions
The question arises more and more in Hollywood, where many actors have already been rejuvenated with their agreement (key characters from Star wars or Marvel, for example), but sometimes some may have been resurrected with the permission of their descendants, in the image of Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, but reappeared in Star Wars: Rogue One, in 2016, thanks to this type of special effect. The figures of Marilyn Monroe or Steve McQueen have already been used for commercials, long after their death, and filmmakers dream of using this technology to shoot an entire film with iconic Hollywood stars (George Lucas seriously investigated the issue in 2010, notably). To avoid this, some comedians made it stipulate in their wills that they did not want their image to be recreated in this way after their disappearance, as Robin Williams, for example.
The evolution of performance capture told by Andy Serkis