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Tom Hardy to use performance capture for Venom role

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Hardy is to use performance capture to bring Venom to the big screen.

The news was let slip by performance capture king Andy Serkis while promoting his latest film, Breathe which marks his directorial debut.

Talking to Yahoo Movies about Breathe, the conversation turned towards whether performance capture roles like Gollum, in the Lord of the Rings films, or Caesar in War For The Planet of the Apes, deserved awards recognition, Serkis, who runs performance capture studio The Imaginarium, wholeheartedly supports the idea.

“The time has come that people understand that performance capture is a technology, not a genre of acting,” Serkis explains.

“Acting is acting, and the more actors – like Steve Zahn… and Karin Konoval, who plays Maurice in War For The Planet of the Apes – the more A-list actors that come on board, like Mark Rylance playing The BFG, or a lot of actors in the new Marvel films… Tom Hardy is playing a new character using performance capture.

“It all points up, ‘what is the nature of acting?’ And there is no difference between acting wearing a costume and make-up, or wearing a motion capture suit. That’s plain and simple, it just needs awarding bodies to understand that.”

Read the full interview on Yahoo Movies here.