Imagine having to play a literal dragon.
Actor performances of CGI characters often go overlooked. So I compiled a list of actors (whose performances required the help of CGI) who killed their roles, and their acting behind the scenes is true “movie magic”:
Bill Nighy brought the terror (and sass) as Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
You can check out Nighy transforming into the cursed creature in the video below:
Benedict Cumberbatch unleashed fire and death with his intense performance as the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy.
Koba actor Toby Kebbell stole the show with his acting in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Josh Brolin SNAPPED playing Thanos in the Avengers films.
You can watch Brolin bathe the starways with his tremendous acting in the clip below:
In a galaxy far, far away, Lupita Nyong’o brought balance to Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Zoe Saldaña brought out the emotions for Neytiri in Avatar.
Ray Winstone brought untamed intensity to Beowulf with a bold performance.
Alan Tudyk played a robot named Sonny that tugged at the audience’s heartstrings in iRobot.
Rosa Salazar brought life to the film Alita: Battle Angel with an extraordinary performance.
Andy Serkis had people calling for him to win an Oscar for his portrayal of Gollum (and Sméagol) in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Ahmed Best introduced the world to Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace and changed cinema.
Do any CGI character performances stick out to you? Did I miss one? Comment below!