It is a very busy week for Andy Serkis. Not only is his directorial debut Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy out on Friday, but the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released on Monday night, and it gave us our best look yet at his villainous Leader Snoke.
On Tuesday I had the opportunity to speak to the legendary actor about moving behind the camera with “Breathe”. But I couldn’t help but also ask whether he’d had the chance to watch the trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” during his busy promotional campaign for the biopic, to which he responded, “I did. It was great. It’s brilliant.”
I then asked Serkis what made Snoke so different from the various other villains that have peppered the “Star Wars” universe. “Again, I don’t want to say too much at this point - I am so bored of saying that,” Serkis cautiously noted, before then adding, “But he is a very dark, strangely damaged, and vulnerable, but therefore more dangerous as a result character. And you get to see him in the flesh rather than a hologram.”
Serkis is clearly rather excited about people finally getting to see the finished film, too, as he also eulogized about director Rian Johnson and his work on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, insisting that he has taken the franchise in a really surprising and exciting direction. “I think Rian has made a brilliant movie. It takes a direction that people will be really surprised but extremely excited by.”
In the meantime, those of you that adore Andy Serkis and his work will be also be excited by “Breathe”, which revolves around the life of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), who at the age of 28 was struck down with polio and paralyzed from the neck down. You can watch the trailer for “Breathe” below.