We can go on all day about what noble and superior creatures actors are and all.
This article is about Serkis and his performance in a couple recent movies. Anybody who’s known anybody on those or other performance capture driven movies has heard more than enough about how much actually gets used without major alterations, let alone the re-dos.
The fact he’s not been exactly acclaimed for his stage or film performances before and after his virtual roles is also something that might be worth keeping in mind.
He’s making it sound like several dozens animators are just polishing off the application of his performance onto some rigs, and completely foregoing noticing how much re-do and tweak his performance received thanks to the process, something non-virtual roles don’t enjoy, and he’s completely trivialising into monkeying keyboards the active work of plenty talented people who DO work with a director, and have recorded more hours of footage acting out and filming themselves in one movie than he has across his last 6.
I don’t know how many of you watch the show "Inside the Actor’s Studio
Robert, I don’t know how many films with digital characters you worked on, and how many teams of animators you’ve seen going into the performance room, or how many minutes you’ve seen of the reference footage coming out of it. I’m willing to take a wild guess at it, and say 0 to all of the above
All of his performances appear amazing because he takes on roles that have an alien (to humans) physicality. Had he done them with just a costume on and had they come across as impressive, he would deserve the praise he showers upon himself. Given that’s not true, and that the amazing body language of those performances is significantly altered once remapped, and has to be cleaned and re-keyed to hell and back, he’d better show some respect.