People have been fascinated by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) since we first caught a glimpse of him. A mess of a creature that looks like someone tried to feed him into a wood chipper Fargo style. He’s a mess and Serkis spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the physicality and surprising vanity of the character.
“You witness his physicality,” Serkis says. “His body is kind of twisted up like a corkscrew, and so he has limited movement. His aggression and his anger is contained and restricted by that physicality.”
Serkis is used to twisting his body into crazy shapes for his roles and he spoke a little about what he did to alter his performance for Snoke as well.
“The only thing I did use was across his jaw,” Serkis says. “His jaw is completely mangled and the left side of his face is mauled. So I had a way of taping down the lefthand side of my mouth to restrict the lip movement on that side.”
It turns out those injuries aren’t just something they came up with on the fly; they are based on a very real and very terrible war.
“His deformity is very much based on injuries from the First World War, from the trenches,” Serkis says.
His injuries feed into the fact that he’s vain different ways. While the Emperor dressed in black and in what looked a little like rags Snoke is decked in gold.
“Oh, absolutely. He’s slightly oligarch,” Serkis says. “You know, he’s not afraid of showing his fineries. There is a luxury that’s native to him.”
That explains the throne room with the bright red guards.
“The way that his court is presented, he’s very totalitarian in that way and flamboyant,” Serkis says. “He enjoys that theatricality, I think.”
He wouldn’t be a Star Wars villain if he wasn’t super extra.
Summary: Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver. It will be released on December 15th.