Watch Andy Serkis act without ape graphics in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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Andy Serkis, the Michael Jordan of performance-capture acting, is known for his work as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the big ape in King Kong, the much-smaller ape, Caesar, in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and, most recently, Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin. Regarding Serkis' work in Tintin, director Steven Spielberg has said:

"For the first time, in Tintin, [Serkis] got to actually act. He didn't just have to act with his eyes or his face, the way he did with Gollum or Kong or Planet of the Apes. It was a full performance with his vocal skills, his accent, his over-the-top body language."

Spielberg was giving Serkis credit, but kind of damning his RotPotA effort with faint praise. Serkis' RotPotA co-star, James Franco, certainly had a great appreciation for his fully-rounded performance in that film, making an in-depth case in an article for Deadline about how Serkis was the soul of that simian character, despite the special effects of Weta Digital. And the English actor did just receive a Critics' Choice Movie Awards nomination as Best Supporting Actor for the role, though he had zero chance of beating Albert Brooks or the eventual winner, Christopher Plummer.

And now, amidst the hotly-contested internet debate about whether someone playing a computerized ape should be taking home trophies, 20th Century Fox, as part of its push to get Serkis Oscar recognition following numerous "For Your Consideration" ads, has released a video of an unenhanced Serkis in his performance-capture getup, juxtaposed with the product that everyone saw in the film. What does everyone think? Should performance capture be recognized by the Oscars, or is it somehow cheating?