WETA's Template for Gollum - Rumours of Steve Buscemi's involvement in the new films.
I have a few friends at Weta, (I DON'T work there myself), and as we were talking a bit about digital character animation, they told me
that they were gearing up towards the building/animating of a fully digital main character. So I said 'yeah, nothing new, everybody knows you're doing Gollum for lotr'. Then he said 'ok, but did you know that we're using Steve Buschemi as a template?' (!!?)
I was more than a little surprised. But they insisted that they're using
Buschemi not only for facial expressions but also for the lipsynch testphase.
This is the first we've heard of this, but if you've ever seen Buscemi (perhaps best known for his roles in Fargo, Armageddon, and Con Air), his, uh, interesting face ;-) could surely be a template for Gollum's slithering, underhanded, and twisted face... Check out his Filmography at the HREF="http://us.imdb.com/Name?Buscemi,+Steve" TARGET="new">Internet Movie Database.
Thanks for the info, "Pixelpusher!" And if anyone has more info on this or other casting, email us!