Shortly after the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, fans were curious about who provided the narration for the 88-second teaser. While many thought it was Benedict Cumberbatch, it was confirmed a few days later to be Andy Serkis, who was part of the first group of cast members to be announced back in April. While there is still very little information available about who he is playing, the actor spilled 10 new details to Entertainment Weekly.
1. The Trailer Narration Was Not Enhanced: While there were few who guessed correctly that Andy Serkis provided the trailer's narration, some wondered if the actor's voice was altered to for this mysterious role. The actor reveals that there are no digital enhancements made to his voice, stating, "That is the character. There's no digital manipulation. That's just me."
2. Andy Serkis Is Not Playing Two Characters: The actor also shut down a rumor from earlier this month that he is actually playing two characters in the movie. One role was said to be a motion-capture character, while the other would show him in the flesh. While he doesn't reveal which part of that rumor is true, he says about playing dual roles, "Not true at all. I can say I only play one character."
3. His Character has Seen Action Before: Given the nefarious tone in his character's voice, Andy Serkis was asked if he "has seen some action in the galaxy." Here's what he had to say, hinting that his character has been around for a long time, "I have to be very careful about how I answer these questions. The character... He's been through some stuff."
4. His Voice Was Always Planned For the Trailer: Andy Serkis added that he always knew his voice would be in the trailer, but he didn't know how large his voice's presence would be. He explains, "Director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told me, 'You're all over the trailer,' but I didn't know what that meant. I thought, 'Oh great, they're using the voice of the character I play for the trailer. That's fantastic.' Not thinking what that would actually translate into."
5. Is He Playing a Motion Capture Character?: Andy Serkis is obviously best known for his motion capture work in blockbusters such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and this year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Since we've only heard his character's voice, we have no clue what he may look like, which has some fans wondering if he will be playing a motion capture character or if he will be seen on screen as himself. Unfortunately, the actor wouldn't shed any light on this mystery. "I can't say a single thing about that. I'm sorry! These things will all come out in the fullness of time, I promise."
6. He Is Not Leading a 'Band of Acrobats': The report from earlier this month that claimed Andy Serkis was playing dual roles revealed that one character is live-action, while the other is a motion capture character who will lead, "a group of unbelievably athletic and acrobatic motion capture characters."Andy Serkis shot down this rumor, saying,"I'm not leading a band of gymnasts or acrobats."
7. There was never a Different Subtitle On Set: This highly-anticipated project was finally given a proper subtitle back in November when the full title Star Wars: The Force Awakens was revealed. When asked if there was possibly a different subtitle mentioned on the set, Andy Serkis reveals, "No, no, it's always just been called Episode VII to this point. Then I knew it was called The Force Awakens. It's very pertinent."
8. What exactly happened with Harrison Ford's Injury?: The actor also added that he wasn't present during Harrison Ford's on-set injury, but he did speak with the actor about the incident. He says, "No, I wasn't [present]. But I talked to him about it, and it was all dealt with very seamlessly, so it's all cool. And he's fully recovered now. And he came back pretty quick."
9. The Level of Secrecy for Star Wars is Unprecedented: A number of photos and videos were leaked from the set during principal photography, revealing the Millennium Falcon and much more. When asked about the level of secrecy on the set, Andy Serkis stated, "People were flying drones over the walls to see what's going on. It's about not wanting to spoil anything for anyone. The expectation is massive, and nobody wants to ruin it in any way. I think that's right. No one wants to, by saying the wrong thing or being misleading, you don't want to dilute it."
10. Andy Serkis Wants His Own Action Figure: The actor expressed his desire to have an action figure made of his character, before this highly-anticipated sequel hits theaters next year. He says: "That, I hope. I'd better."