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Andy Serkis has made a career of performances where the man himself is rarely seen. Perhaps this is why he apparently thought nothing of taking a meeting in the middle of shooting Star Wars dressed exactly how he was for filming. Serkis is about to make his directorial debut in the movie Breathe, and star Andrew Garfield says that, at one point, Serkis arrived on the set without having changed out of his performance capture gear.
Andy Serkis portrays Supreme Leader Snoke in the new Star Wars trilogy and he was apparently filming his scenes for Star Wars: The Last Jedi while simultaneously directing Breathe. Since both productions were happening at Pinewood Studios in London, Serkis apparently thought it was easier to not change clothes, resulting in him taking a meeting while still in his performance capture suit, complete with the white tracking dots still attached, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, some sort of fake hair on his face. The whole thing was apparently a bit much for the cast and crew. According to Garfield...
It was a really difficult discussion, and Andy tried to take part as our director, and we couldn't take it seriously! I think he's more used to wearing that outfit than regular clothes.
Andrew Garfield may be on to something. From Gollum to Ceaser to Snoke, Andy Serkis has spent more time filming his acting in performance capture garb than possibly anybody in Hollywood. At some point, it probably just becomes second nature and you stop noticing when you're even wearing it. Of course, if you've ever seen those performance capture outfits, they leave little to the imagination, so it's probably difficult for anybody else to just pretend like it's no big deal.
We do have to wonder about one thing though. Where exactly does the faux hair come in? It's specifically mentioned that Andy Serkis was wearing some kind of faux hair but it's not clear why that would be. Supreme Leader Snoke doesn't have any sort of facial hair so why would Serkis be wearing that? Maybe it's something that helps give Snoke the right facial proportions, his face is a different shape than Serkis'. Maybe Serkis is actually doing motion capture for more than one character and he wasn't actually working on Snoke that day. Maybe the real Snoke doesn't look like the projection we saw in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and we're going to get a different look at him in the new movie. Whatever the reason, it's an odd detail to be included.
Andy Serkis' debut as a director, Breathe, opens October 13th. He returns as Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi December 15.