Andy Serkis is famous for playing a number of top draw motion capture characters over the years and the one that people most remember is, without doubt, Gollum from Lord of the Rings. Now, with the Peter Jackson prequel The Hobbit set to hit the big screen later this year, Andy has been discussing what it was like to get back into character for the return of Gollum.
Serkis explained, “Gollum is never really gone too far away from me because he's indelibly kind of printed into my DNA now. I'll tell you what was weird is going back and playing a character that has been so sort of absorbed into public consciousness that you almost don't feel like you own it anymore. And to sort of gather it back.”
He added, “I mean, I did feel, I think, probably in the first couple of days going back into it that I was sort of doing a weird impersonation of him rather than being him because there have been so many spoofs and people's impersonations and so on, and some people's impersonations are really great and you know, then you get back into it.” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to be released on December 14, 2012.