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In an exclusive interview with IGN, Eragon villain John Malkovich let slip a few morsels about his next fantasy flick, director Robert Zemeckis’ version of Beowulf.
Malkovich pointed out that he is not simply providing a voice for the motion-capture film. “No, it’s not that. You do everything but then it’s given a form of computer animation afterwards. But, no, we were all on set. We were all acting. It’s not film. There’s no film, there’s no lights. There are video references that the specialists and technicians utilize, but it’s actually all recorded on computer and all the data is fed to the technicians and then they will animate it.”
And while most animated characters are given traits and attributes shared by their real-life voice actors, Beowulf will be pushing the visual envelope.
“I will to some extent look and sound like myself,” notes Malkovich. “But Ray Winstone, who plays Beowulf, will be seven feet tall and will look sort of like an amalgam of portraits of Jesus and Ray. Tony Hopkins will weigh 600 pounds. It was really an amazing experience. I know they are still hard at work on it. We shot it last year … and there’s probably still a year to go.”
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