Today’s “The Last Jedi” article from Entertainment Weekly is all about Supreme Leader Snoke, as actor Andy Serkis talks a bit about what we’ll see of Snoke in Episode VIII, and what motivates him.
Here is some of what Andy Serkis told Entertainment Weekly about Snoke :
“This time you get to see him, as in his real presence,” says Serkis, who plays the towering Snoke via performance capture. “In the previous movie we saw him as this huge hologram and tele-presence, and you get to meet him in the flesh this time.”
Serkis describes a cruel master, a 9-foot-tall alien humanoid who disparages and dominates his two lieutenants: Kylo Ren and General Hux He’s a predator who identifies weakness and exploits it, drawing the young and promising to his side with promises of power, then using and discarding his protégés when they are no longer of use.
Serkis says much of that unhappiness will be directed at the former Ben Solo. “His training of Kylo Ren is not yielding what he wants. Therefore his anger towards Kylo Ren is intensified because he can’t bear weakness in others. Part of the manipulation is goading him with Hux and playing them off against each other.”
“The thing about Snoke is that he is extremely strong with the Force, the dark side of the Force. He’s terribly powerful, of course. But he is also a very vulnerable and wounded character,” Serkis says. “He has suffered and he has suffered injury. The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what’s happened to him personally.”
“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.”
Revenge is only part of his motivation; greed is another. “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. The way that his court is presented, he’s very totalitarian in that way and flamboyant. He enjoys that theatricality, I think.”
Be sure to check out the full article on Supreme Leader Snoke over at Entertainment Weekly.