Today, Empire Online released some exclusive quotes from the Supreme Leader himself, Andy Serkis, regarding his character Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
WARNING – POTENTIALLY SMALL SPOILER AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE!
Last week, in Entertainment Weekly, Serkis described his mysterious villain as being damaged and vulnerable:
Obviously he has a huge agenda. He has suffered a lot of damage. As I said, there is a strange vulnerability to him, which belies his true agenda, I suppose.
With Empire, Serkis offers a few more details on what that might mean for the Supreme Leader:
He is severely damaged. Although he’s a powerful leader, he comes across as vulnerable. Very scarred and disfigured.
Since last week’s article, fans have debated just what Serkis meant by “damaged”–whether that meant physical, mental, emotional… or all of those things. At a minimum, in true Dark Side fashion, it seems Snoke will have some physical disfigurement.
Further, we knew that Snoke was going to be big, but now we know he might be as tall as 25 feet with a booming voice:
“It was quite an unusual situation,” Serkis tells us in the new issue ofEmpire. “I worked specifically with Domhnall Gleeson and with Adam Driver. My first day was basically standing on a 25-foot podium doing Lord Snoke without the faintest idea what he looked like… or in fact who he was! I was very high up, totally on my own, away from everybody else, but acting with them.”
But the actor assures us that Snoke is a guaranteed force to be reckoned with: “we used sort of a ‘Kongolizer’ method of having sound come out of speakers to give a sense of scale and distance for the character. So it was very challenging and scary, in fact probably one of my most scary film experiences I’ve ever had.”
If you follow MSW’s spoilers, you know that Jason described quite possibly this very scene back in July:
In the Great Hall of the Starkiller base, General Hux and Kylo Ren report to Supreme Leader Snoke. Snoke demands action!
It’s interesting to see Serkis confirm that he had scenes with Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux in addition to Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. To this point, we knew that Snoke has some relationship as a Dark Side user with Kylo Ren, but it’s never been confirmed whether his “Supreme Leader” designation refers to the First Order, the Knights of Ren, or something else entirely. This might imply that he really is leading the First Order or at least has some significant influence over it.
Personally, I think our buddy Max Palas is right on that the design of Snoke was inspired by this McQuarrie concept art of Emperor Palpatine:
Be sure to head over to Empire Online to read the full article.