With less than a week to go until the release of Star Wars The Last Jedi, there is still much mystery surrounding the villainous Snoke.

It should come as no surprise that during recent interviews for the new film, Serkis, who plays him, has been limited with what he can reveal for fear of major spoilers.

However in a recent interview with Yahoo he spoke out the inspiration for the character, which included the Playboy founder Hefner.

Serkis revealed: “Me and [writer-director Rian Johnson] sat down, and we said, ‘Who of everyone…there are so many different dictators you could emulate, there are so many different people out there’…but the gold-lamé Hugh Hefner look was definitely the way we wanted to go.”

It’s been rumoured for months now that Snoke would be very wealthy and obsessed with money.

Hefner, who died in September, was known for his lavish lifestyle and wearing silk pyjamas and a dressing gown all day.

For fans wondering if this also means Snoke is a bit of ladies man, Serkis’ comparison seems to only go so far as the late Playboy mogul’s style.

Serkis told Empire Magazine: “Snoke is bloody dark; way darker than Palpatine. He’s riddled with this osteoporosis so his body’s twisted, like a corkscrew.

“He’s incredibly damaged, so there’s a bizarre vulnerability about him. Beneath that vulnerability, though, is this intense hatred.”

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