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Andy Serkis's performance as Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy broke new ground in motion capture technology, and the actor has been highly sought after for his mo-cap expertise ever since. So it makes sense that the highest-grossing superheroes of all time would call on Serkis for some advice, too.

Mark Ruffalo recently revealed on Twitter that Serkis is helping out with Ruffalo's motion capture performance of the Hulk on the set of "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Just what Serkis's role is in Ruffalo's part is unclear, since Ruffalo plays both Hulk and his alter ego, Bruce Banner, though we imagine Serkis is serving as a type of coach/consultant on how to get the best results from the technology. Ruffalo's promise that the Hulk will be more impressive in "Ultron" coincides with his costars' boasts that the sequel will surpass the already-high quality of the 2012 original. And having Serkis on hand -- who's part of the Disney family now, thanks to a just-announced role in "Star Wars: Episode VII" -- should certainly be a boon for filmmakers. We can't wait to see how his influence plays out over the character.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" hits theaters May 1, 2015.

PS - The above photo is Ruffalo and Serkis at the 2004 premiere of "13 Going on 30." You're welcome.

[via: Mark Ruffalo, h/t Slash Film]

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