10 Questions: Andy Serkis
IGN FilmForce – January 29, 2003
Few people have partaken of the latest installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy without departing the theater blown away by a single character: Gollum.
Leaving such digital window dressing as Jar Jar and Dobby far, far behind, Gollum is an honest-to-gosh living, breathing screen presence. He thinks, he feels, and he leaves audiences entranced by the sheer artistry at play.
A good deal of that artistry lies in the actor behind Gollum, Andy Serkis. In conjunction with the amazing animators at Weta, Serkis’ every nuance was translated into the digital form of the twisted ring junkie, rendering a performance that is every bit as Oscar-worthy as a Michael Caine or a Jack Nicholson. In fact, Serkis’ portrayal of Gollum has brought the Academy kicking and screaming into the 21st century, forcing them to confront the implications of an actor-driven digital performance.
A classically trained stage and screen actor, Andy Serkis has starred in films ranging from Topsy Turvy to the recent 24 Hour Party People (check out his official website at www.serkis.com).
Be sure to check out our in-depth interview with Andy.
And now, 10 Questions with Andy Serkis…
1. What is your favorite piece of music?
Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue album is definitely up there.
2. What is your favorite film?
This is like asking which of your children do you love best – errrr… Apocalypse Now, I guess.
3. What is your favorite TV program, past or current?
The Young Ones kept me going through the Thatcher years.
4. What do you feel has been your most important professional accomplishment to date?
It would have to be playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, because of the huge journey involved, working with phenomenally talented artists, in such an amazing country, on such a great role, for four years of my life.
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