Terry Notary

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Terry Notary
Terry Notary 2018 (cropped).jpg
Notary at the 2018 Raleigh Supercon
Born (1968-08-14) August 14, 1968 (age 50)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor, stunt co-ordinator/double, movement coach

Terry Notary (born August 14, 1968)[1] is an American actor, stunt co-ordinator/double and movement coach.[2] Notary mainly portrays creatures and animals for the film and television industry, and is known for his motion capture performances in films like Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin: Secrets of the Unicorn, the Planet of the Apes reboot series, and The Hobbit film trilogy. In 2018, Notary played Cull Obsidian in the Marvel Studios film Avengers: Infinity War.

Early life[edit]

Born in San Rafael, California, Notary was diagnosed as being severely hyperactive at age 7. His parents enrolled him in gymnastics class to burn off excess energy.[3] He won a gymnastics scholarship at UCLA, where he graduated with a major in theatre.

Career[edit]

Notary's first career was as a performer with Cirque du Soleil. His first job as a stunt movement coach was on Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Director Ron Howard was hiring Cirque gymnasts for the film, and after sufficiently impressing Howard, Notary was offered the job of teaching all the actors how to move.[4] Notary followed this new career path to Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, for which he prepared by studying ape movements at the LA County Zoo. Notary's first motion capture film was Avatar, where he was the movement coach for the Na'vi.[5]

Swedish director Ruben Östlund hired Notary when casting his Palme d'Or-winning 2017 film The Square. For Oleg, a character who acts like an ape, Östlund discovered Notary after running a Google search for "actor imitating monkey" and viewing one of Notary's performances (which was for an audition for Planet of the Apes).[6] His performance in that single scene, in which a performance artist acts like a hostile ape at a fancy dinner, was widely praised, The Independent calling it "the most tense, uncomfortable scene of the year."[7][8][9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Stunt work Role
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Stunt Performer/ Movement Coach N/A
2001 The Animal Stunt Performer N/A
Planet of the Apes Stunt Performer / Tim Roth's Stunt Double (uncredited) /
Movement Coach
Various Ape Extras
The Hot Chick Stunt Performer N/A
2003 X2 Stunt Performer/ Movement Coach N/A
Tarzan Animal Movement Coach N/A
2004 The Village Movement Coach N/A
2005 Me and You and Everyone We Know Stunt Co-ordinator N/A
2006 Superman Returns Stunt Performer / Movement Coach N/A
2007 If I Had Known I Was A Genius Stunt Co-ordinator N/A
Slipstream Stunt Co-ordinator (uncredited) N/A
Next Stunt Double (uncredited)/ Movement Coach (uncredited) N/A
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Stunt Performer / Silver Surfer MoCap Performer /
Movement Coach
N/A
2008 The Incredible Hulk Movement Coach / Tim Roth's Stunt Double (uncredited) /
Hulk & Abomination MoCap Performers
Soldier (uncredited)
2009 The Forgotten Ones Stunt Co-ordinator Alpha Creature
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Movement Coach N/A
Avatar Stunts / MoCap Performer/ Movement Coach Banshee (uncredited)
2010 The Lost Tribe Executive Producer/ Stunt Co-ordinator/ Movement Coach Alpha Male
Primal Stunt Co-ordinator N/A
2011 Attack the Block Movement Coach Head Alien
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Stunt Co-ordinator / Andy Serkis & Richard Ridings's Stunt Double /
Movement Coach
Rocket / Bright Eyes
The Adventures of Tintin: Secrets of the Unicorn Stunt Co-ordinator/ Stunt Performer/ MoCap Performer /
Movement Coach
N/A
The Cabin in the Woods Stunt Performer / Movement Coach Clown
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey MoCap Performer/ Movement Coach Goblin
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Stunt Performer / Movement Coach Goblin / Yazneg (pick-up shots)
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Stunt Co-ordinator / Movement Coach Rocket
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Movement Coach Laketown Refugee
2016 Warcraft N/A Grommash Hellscream
2017 Kong: Skull Island MoCap performer King Kong
War for the Planet of the Apes Stunt Co-ordinator / Movement Coach Rocket
The Square N/A Oleg
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Groot MoCap performer[11] Cull Obsidian / On-Set Groot
2019 Avengers: Endgame Groot MoCap performer[11] On-Set Groot
Call of the Wild N/A Buck

References[edit]

  1. ^ SensaCine. "Terry Notary". SensaCine.com. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  2. ^ Caranicas, Peter (Aug 9, 2011). "Terry Notary on 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'". Variety. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  3. ^ Dundjerski, Marina. "Monkey Business". UCLA Magazine (Fall 2001). Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  4. ^ Bhattacharya, Sanjiv (11 July 2014). "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: how to act like an ape". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ "MEET THE TALENT – TERRY NOTARY". Animatrik.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ Utichi, Joe (29 May 2017). "Meet Ruben Östlund, Director Of The Newly-Crowned Palme D'Or Winner, 'The Square' – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Ruben Östlund and Terry Notary on the Stunning Climax of 'The Square'". 1 November 2017.
  8. ^ Yuan, Jada. "The Square's Monkey-Man Scene Is Bonkers. Here's How It Was Made".
  9. ^ "How 'The Square' Used a Half-Naked Ape-Man to Pull Off the Film's Most "Intense and Unexpected" Scene".
  10. ^ "How the most tense, uncomfortable scene of the year was achieved".
  11. ^ a b Alter, Ethan (October 25, 2017). "Terry Notary on going ape in 'The Square' and playing teen Groot in 'Avengers'; plus, an exclusive clip". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017.

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