During a new interview, Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Andy Serkis has provided a few insights into his character, Supreme Leader Snoke.
Aside from the fact that his character's last name is not just the past-tense of Lemony Snicket -- you learn something new every day! -- Serkis told EW that his character is "damaged."
“It’s the first time I’ve been on set not yet knowing what the character’s gonna look like," Serkis, who usually plays motion-capture characters, said. "I mean, talk about secrecy!”
“When we first started working on it, he had some rough notions of how Snoke was gonna look, but it really hadn’t been fully-formed and it almost came out of discussion and performance,” he added.
He said that the character's exact look and demeanor developed over time during the performance, which is something they couldn't have done with practical effects and makeup. Snoke's height, bone structure and more would have been a barrier to Serkis simply stepping in to appear in live action, as he did with Avengers: Age of Ultron and is expected to do in Black Panther.
“Supreme Leader Snoke is quite an enigmatic character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite powerful,” Serkis said of the character's personality and motivation. “Obviously he has a huge agenda. He has suffered a lot of damage. As I said, there is a strange vulnerability to him, which belies his true agenda, I suppose.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in movie theaters on December 18, 2015.