As we get closer and closer to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, more secrets from the movie are being spilled by director J.J. Abrams and the cast. The latest batch come courtesy of Andy Serkis, the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star who is playing the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke (via motion capture) in this highly anticipated release.
While it’s thought that he’s in charge of The First Order and quite possibly a Sith Lord, Serkis has now revealed that he may be much, much bigger than anyone ever suspected:
“It was quite an unusual situation. I worked specifically with Domhnall Gleeson and with Adam Driver. My first day was basically standing on a 25-foot podium doing Lord Snoke without the faintest idea what he looked like… or in fact who he was! I was very high up, totally on my own, away from everybody else, but acting with them. He is severely damaged. Although he’s a powerful leader, he comes across as vulnerable. Very scarred and disfigured. We used sort of a ‘Kongolizer’ method of having sound come out of speakers to give a sense of scale and distance for the character. So it was very challenging and scary, in fact probably one of my most scary film experiences I’ve ever had.”
This is a surprising revelation, and one which leads to a lot of new questions about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, especially as a gigantic creature like this is going to be a first for the franchise. How will the heroes possibly combat a threat this massive, and what exactly is Snoke?! That remains to be seen, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens just got a whole lot more intriguing, that’s for sure.