Avengers: Infinity War Adds King Kong Actor For Super-Secret Role

The Hollywood Reporter has a cool interview up with Terry Notary, who plays the massive CG beast King Kong in Kong Skull: Island, which is in theaters today. The whole interview is an illuminating read, touching on his process (which included studying real apes) and more. The interview also has a news nugget about the next Avengers movie. In discussing what he’s doing next, Notary revealed that he’s playing the right-hand man to Josh Brolin’s Thanos in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

“I can’t say the name of the character or I think Marvel will sever my head, but I apply those same principals of what it means to drop bullsh** and just play a character truly evil. And it’s working. [Laughs] It’s truly working,” he said.

Notary will play one of Thanos’ three henchmen, though the names of the characters or the actors playing them have yet to be confirmed.

Also in THR’s interview, Notary talked about how King Kong may grow as a character in a Skull Island sequel, if there is to be one.

“I think he’s going to grow into this real protector, a noble man,” Notary said. “The next one he’ll be in his prime and he’ll be a budding gentleman. [Laughs] A budding warrior who has even more responsibility and more to deal with now that everything else has been unleashed. Again, the burden is the real juice of the character. That’s what drives him, that’s what keeps him from just being this wavering, ‘What do I do with myself,’ guy. He’s lost his family, he’s lost everything. He’s got to uphold this sense of duty. With that responsibility comes the depth and the richness that I think is going to grow into the character.”

Notary also discussed his relationship with Andy Serkis, the actor known for his legendary CG character performances for Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

“Andy and I are best buddies,” Notary said. “We’ve done nine films together and counting, so it was cool. I just said, ‘Hey, they want me to play Kong. That’s your character, dude,’ and he just said, ‘Nah, you do it. I’m handing the reigns over to you.’ He’s a buddy, he’s a true gentleman and amazing person.”

You can read the full interview here at THR.

For more on Skull Island, which stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman, check out GameSpot’s review and what other critics are saying.

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