Terry Notary is no stranger to motion capture roles, having previously performed as both Rocket the chimpanzee, in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series, and the king of all motion capture apes, King Kong, in this year’s Kong: Skull Island. It has been known for a while that Notary would be taking on a mo-cap role in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War and Notary himself confirmed he was playing a villain (a minion of Josh Brolin’s Thanos). Now, however, it has emerged this isn’t the only character he will be bringing to life in Infinity War. Notary has just revealed he is also playing Teenage Groot.
Whilst talking to Yahoo! Movies about his new film, The Square, Notary confirmed he would be playing Groot in the newest instalment of Marvel’s Avengers franchise. Talking about what Groot is going through and what it was like to work with the Russo brothers, Notary said:
Yes, I am playing teenage Groot. I’m having a blast with it. It’s really, really fun. I can’t say too much about him, but he’s coming of age, so you’ll see the teenager find a mentor to look up to and to model himself after. The character’s great, and the films are going to be great. We’ve got such an amazing cast and a great pair of directors at the helm. The Russos allow the actors to jam on scenes together to the point where it just feels great and everybody gets their moments.
An advantage of using motion capture for both roles is that Notary is able to play the two characters without it being immediately obvious to audiences. Vin Diesel is still supplying the vocals for Groot (Notary will most likely be giving his own vocals for his villainous role), so the characters will neither look nor sound alike.
Previously, in Avengers: Age of Ultron, motion capture legend Andy Serkis provided support in shaping the mo-cap performances used for both the Hulk and Ultron, while playing the (non-motion capture) role of Ulysses Klaue himself.
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Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Benicio Del Toro, Danai Gurira and Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released in theaters on May 4, 2018.