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Andy Serkis Says Tintin Should Be Considered Live-Action

Actor Andy Serkis arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of  "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California July 28, 2011.   AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Andy Serkis had two major motion-capture roles this year: Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Captain Haddock in Tintin. Caesar's considered part of a live-action film, but Haddock is considered animation, and this raises Serkis's hackles, oh boy. "The category of animation should be under review because Tintin is entirely derived from actors' performances created in a conventional live-action way and manifested onscreen in a painterly, animated fashion," he tells the Hollywood Reporter. According to Serkis, there's "no difference" between the way he worked for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Tintin. "People say, 'You provided the movements, the emotional background for the role [in Tintin].' No!," he says. "I played the role."

Photo: ROBYN BECK/2011 AFP