Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson in the eponymous role of the superhero. Though she may have been new to the Marvel franchise, there were some familiar faces in the film. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, stars as a younger version of himself.
How old is Samuel L. Jackson?
Samuel L. Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, making him 70 years old.
How was he de-aged for Captain Marvel?
Visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend was responsible for de-ageing both Jackson and Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson).
Townsend previously worked on the de-ageing process for the previous Avengers movies.
He worked with visual effects house Lola to turn Jackson and Gregg into a version of themselves from the mid-1990s.
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Townsend described the process to Forbes: “For both of those actors and characters, we had a lot of footage and reference material for what they looked like in 1995.
“We looked at older movies and photography to reference what is it that made them look exactly the way they did and what we needed to do to get them looking like that again.
“The de-ageing process is literally a frame-by-frame process, and it’s a real artistry.
“There are artists sitting at computers for months to finesse these looks but not stepping on the performance, which is a critical aspect of it.”
Jackson described the experience: “They put the wig on me and they put dots on my face so it kind of felt like I was in Wakanda.
“They started exploring with different things that I had done before so that they could use facial expressions that were already there.
“Fortunately for me, I’d done like three movies before this one.”
Townsend added: “If you pull the cheeks back or you lift the mouth a certain way or open the eyes slightly too wide, their reaction to something becomes very different than what the actor did on the day.”
“So, one of the things we had to do at all times is maintain the performance the actor brought on the day because that’s what the directors wanted.”
Marvel head Kevin Feige also chimed in on the de-ageing process in a highly complimentary way.
Feige said of Jackson and Gregg, they: “are the two human beings on Earth who don’t need it.”
I urge you to Google them in 1995 and their appearance is almost identical.
“So, we saved a lot of money—let’s put it that way.”
Captain Marvel is now playing in cinemas.