Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is generally recognized as one of the best film adaptations of all time. In a sea of talented actors and perfect casting choices, Andy Serkis in the role of Gollum / Smeagol was immediately a huge success. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Serkis explained how he used to walk on all fours even when the cameras weren’t rolling to inhabit his character’s mental space.
“I used to walk on all fours off set when we were filming Lord of the Rings. I spent a lot of time preparing for that. [as Gollum]; He would walk on all fours for hours. Every now and then I came into contact with other people so I just had to pretend I was looking for something. It’s fair to say it’s a nice method. “
In the novels the movies are based on, Gollum was an ancient Hobbit who had stumbled upon the One Ring of Power and had been completely corrupted by its magic, becoming a miserable animal disaster of his former self obsessed with snatching away the ring. back from Sam and Frodo.
In a story full of wild and fantastic creatures, Gollum was the strangest of all, a being considered strange and twisted even by the other characters. Such a remarkable character needed a truly remarkable performance, and Andy Serkis how happy to please.
Even though Gollum’s appearance was completely digitized, all of his movements were informed by Serkis’s performance through motion capture. The technology was still in its infancy at the time, and Serkis as Gollum is widely recognized for bringing motion capture technology into the mainstream of filmmaking. According to Serkis, it was a good thing that the attention he received for his role in The Lord of the rings it came relatively late in his career.
“I don’t think I could have handled the kind of fame that the Lord of the Rings caused if I had been younger. I was almost 30 when it exploded. I am grateful that it happened when it did. It was an extraordinary time, a lot of things came out of that experience. and like it or not that role lives with me every day. It will never go away. “
After playing the role of Gollum, for a long time, Serkis was seen as the face of motion capture in Hollywood, landing such notable roles as King Kong in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the giant monkey story, and the title role. of Caesar, the chimpanzee. in Planet of the Apes trilogy.
With the news that Amazon Studios is rebooting Lord of the Rings As a television series depicting the early years of the rise of Sauron and the forging of the One Ring, some fans are wondering if they will see Gollum of Serkis appear on the show at some point. Even if that doesn’t end up happening, the actor’s legacy in relation to that particular franchise remains secure based only on the original Jackson trilogy.
Topics: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit