Andy Serkis said he will be a younger version of Alfred in "The Batman," but hasn't received advice from Michael Caine
- Andy Serkis is currently shooting "Venom 2," and will be editing that movie when he starts filming Matt Reeves' "The Batman."
- Serkis told Insider he works best when he is at his busiest.
- He will play Alfred Pennyworth and said his version may be more of a hands-on butler, but he hasn't received any advice from "The Dark Knight" Alfred, Michael Caine.
- Serkis told Insider he is thrilled that "Joker" has done so well at the Oscars: "It's a game-changing performance."
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Andy Serkis is one of the busiest men in Hollywood. Having just won a BAFTA award for outstanding British contribution to cinema, the actor-director-producer-pioneer is currently directing "Venom 2." When that wraps up and moves onto the editing stage, he will then start filming Matt Reeves' "The Batman" as Alfred, meaning he'll be juggling duties on both.
Of "Venom 2," Serkis told Insider that "it reaches deep into the relationship of Eddie and Venom in a very particular way."
"This one is underpinned in a much more emotional way and a lot more tonally sure of itself," Serkis told Insider. "We are using motion capture but there's a lot of animation in this as well."
Serkis added that he loves working and thrives on being busy, believing he delivers his best work when he is at his busiest.
"I thrive on it," Serkis told Insider. And I am deeply excited about working with Matt Reeves [on 'The Batman']. I worked with him on the 'Planet of the Apes' movies. He's been so devoted to this project for such a long time, I can't wait to get going on it. It will be whilst I'm in the middle of the edit for 'Venom 2.' It will be a challenge, there will be long days, but I thrive on it."
Matt Reeves directed Serkis in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "War for the Planet of the Apes," and will direct him again in the latest incarnation of the dark knight in "The Batman."
Reeves' version stars Robert Pattinson as the titular Batman/Bruce Wayne, plus Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and Paul Dano as the Riddler. Serkis will be playing Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's trusted advisor and butler. When we pointed out to him that's a younger Alfred than is usually portrayed on screen, Serkis agreed.
"I suppose I am a bit of a younger Alfred, yeah," said Serkis. "But I'm 55, so not that young really."
"The way that Matt [Reeves] has conceived Alfred in this is very special, and I'm looking forward to portraying him. Maybe I will be a bit more hands-on [than the previous version]."
Alfred has been portrayed on screen in live-action and animated films (not including TV) by a total of 23 actors so far, with Serkis set to be the 24th.
Most notably, Michael Gough played the butler in four films ("Batman," "Batman Returns," "Batman Forever," and "Batman & Robin"), Jeremy Irons appeared as Pennyworth in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League," and Ralph Fiennes voiced Alfred in "The Lego Batman Movie" and "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part."
Of course, Michael Caine took on the role in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, and while Serkis is aware of the impact Caine had as Alfred, he hasn't received any advice from Caine to date.
"He's not offered any advice yet, no," Serkis told Insider. "I don't think he actually knows. Well, he might do. But I have to take it in a different direction than Michael."
"He's a hard act to follow, for sure," Serkis said. "I've worked with Michael several times and I love him, he's a brilliant actor."
Serkis, who worked with Caine in "The Prestige" among other projects, is already a fan of DC films and, in particular, was blown away by Todd Phillips' take on the material in "Joker," which has been nominated for 11 Oscars.
"It's an extraordinary performance by Joaquin Phoenix," Serkis told Insider. "It was a very fresh, vibrant and chilling take on the material. It was a game-changing performance, so I'm thrilled that he and the film is doing so well."
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