Stuntman No – 17 years of quietly hiding behind animal disguise

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There are actors born to shine on the silver screen, but there are also many artists who silently contribute to the success of films.

Terry Notary plays a monkey

At age seven, Notary was diagnosed with hyperactivity.

Notary’s physical skills caught the attention of director Ron Howard and invited him to play the role of a stuntman and movement coach in the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).

Notary also shared: “I never thought that (cinematic) technology would be completely compatible with the skills I practiced over the previous 10 years, from character creation to movement, behavior and other things.

Stuntman No - 17 years of quietly hiding behind animal disguise

Terry Notary (second from left) with the actors playing monkeys in `Rise of the Planet of the Apes`

Avatar is Notary’s first work performed using motion capture technology – recording the actor’s movements and using the information to create the character.

The 2009 film marked the first time a virtual camera was used in motion capture technology, paving the way for many directors that followed.

According to IMDb, Notary’s career includes more than 15 films, but most of them do not show their real faces but only simulate the characters.

Stuntman No - 17 years of quietly hiding behind animal disguise

Amateurs turn into monkeys in Dawn

After that, he acted as the monkey Rocket in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

On set, the actor had a plastic mold placed on his face with 52 points recorded.

Always full of energy and endlessly passionate about monkeys, Notary is ready to role-play at any time.

Stuntman No - 17 years of quietly hiding behind animal disguise

Terry Notary portrays Kong on a green screen.

Experience as a monkey helps the actor have a chance with Kong: Skull Island.

To role-play, Notary played with two four- and five-year-old chimpanzees to learn their behavior.

Stuntman No - 17 years of quietly hiding behind animal disguise

The Monkey King moves while fighting

He told the Hollywood Reporter: `Before filming the new version of King Kong, I researched all the old Kong characters to both have a connection and create a difference.`

Terry Notary’s version of Kong does not clearly show affection for the female protagonist like previous films.

Motion capture technology has long been controversial in the film community because it blurs the lines between animation and acting.

However, Terry Notary affirms that motion capture is also a form of acting.

In the Telegraph, the actor even considered this a revolution in acting.

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