Andy Serkis Talks Supreme Leader Snoke, The Most Mysterious Character In ‘The Force Awakens’

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bill-swift - November 13, 2015

The internet conspiracy factory has been working overtime cooking up theories about Luke Skywalker based on his mysterious absense from the trailers and posters for The Force Awakens. However, they've largely ignored Kylo Ren's evil boss, Supreme Leader Snoke. Presumably he is the mastermind behind whatever nefarious plot Ren and The First Order are carrying out, but until now we knew nothing about him other than the fact that he's played by Andy Serkis

Fortunately, when Serkis was captured and subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques by Entertainment Weekly recently, he didn't have his Bad Robot-issued cyanide capsule with him. So he had no choice but to talk.  

What did we learn? Well, we learned Serkis had no idea what Snoke would look like he started his motion-capture work:

When we first started working on it, he [Abrams] 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… That's been fascinating. And in the meantime I've been able to see the look and design of the character grow and change as the performances change. So it's been really exciting in that respect.

Also, Snokes is "damaged" and "vulnerable" because he's been through some shit:

Supreme Leader Snoke is quite an enigmatic character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite powerful. 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.

And he's not the emperor, or any other character we've already met:

No, he's a new character in this universe. It is very much a newly-introduced character. He's aware of what's gone on, in the respect that he has been around and is aware of prior events. I think it'd be fair to say that he is aware of the past to a great degree.

Finally, we know Snopes is big and really weird-looking:

The scale of him, for instance, is one reason. He is large. He appears tall. And also just the facial design – you couldn't have gotten there with prosthetics. It's too extreme. Without giving too much away at this point, he has a very distinctive, idiosyncratic bone structure and facial structure. You could never have done it [in real life.]

Want to see what Snopes actually looks like? Yeah, me too. But it looks like we're going to have to wait until December 18. 

[via EW]

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