James Spader’s mo-cap suit helped him become Ultron

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Even though we’ve seen some set photos of costumes looking like Ultron on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the actor playing the killer robot, James Spader, is actually doing motion capture. You can probably imagine Spader wearing a form-fitting one piece with balls all around.

Joss Whedon told Cinemablend that the motion capture process helped Spader distance himself from humanity.

“The day Spader got here we put on the mo-cap pajamas, a giant thing with red dots on it for his eye line, a giant pack, and a helmet with two cameras in his face with lights to record his performance. He then did a scene with Scarlett, but could not look him in the eye because she was looking up in his eye line. And nor could he see her, because he had two lights shining in his face, and he didn’t have his glasses on. Therefore he has a certain distance from humanity too.”

It seems like Spader and Whedon had a wonderful time with making Ultron come to life.

“God bless him, he was wonderful and, and very game and has been the whole time. He’s very interested in the mechanics of the mechanics and finding the humanity. He and I share a genuine love of this version of Ultron, and he has an innate eccentricity in his delivery that is everything that I had hoped Ultron would be.”

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

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