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'''Andy Serkis''' played [[Gollum]] in [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]]. He also appeared as Sméagol in [[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King|The Return of the King]], and is rumoured to reprise his role in [[Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit]]. He based the gulping swallow sound "gollum" on his pet cat coughing up a furball.  
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'''Andy Serkis''' is an English actor. He provided voices for various characters in ''[[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]]'', but has become immortal in his portrayal of [[Gollum]].
  
Serkis also provided voices for various [[Orcs]] in [[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers|The Two Towers]] and the [[Witch-king of Angmar]] in The Return of the King.  
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==Gollum==
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When he heard from his agent that [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0399193/ John Hubbard] wanted to hear him as the voice of an animated character, Serkis originally felt dismayed. When told it was Gollum, it changed little: he had read ''[[The Hobbit]]'' when he was eight, but nothing else. Not until his (later) wife Lorraine convinced him to go to the audition did he actually think of doing it.  
  
Together with [[Gary Russell]], he wrote a book about his acting experience, titled ''[[Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic]]''.  
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He recorded a demo, in which he portrayed Gollum full of self-pity and guilt, and he based the gulping swallow sound "gollum" on his cat Diz coughing up a furball.
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At the advice of [[Fran Walsh]], he kept a diary, and this diary was later edited to become ''[[Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic]]''. It details his casting, the shooting, the additional motion capture, and the voice dubbing pick-ups.
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Serkis spent a total of five years in [[New Zealand]], and did extra work later in London. He dubbed most of his lines as Gollum there, and also provided an eerie voice for the [[Witch-king of Angmar]]. Together with [[Jim Dunk]], he also voiced most of the [[Uruk-hai]] in [[Uglúk]]'s troop.
  
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
{{quote|They're only scorned because they're into something popular. But it's just the same as supporting a football team or being madly into Picasso or Brahms. And it's certainly a lot more fun than chess.| Andy Serkis on [[Tolkien fandom]]}}
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{{quote|They're only scorned because they're into something popular. But it's just the same as supporting a football team or being madly into Picasso or Brahms. And it's certainly a lot more fun than chess.| Andy Serkis on [[Tolkien fandom]], [http://tinyurl.com/6lxkxr Interview]}}
{{quote|This must be totally bizarre to them. I mean, at least when I look up at them I see [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]], and I just play off them, but when they look at me, all they must see is a man in a gimp suit, with a face that makes Jim Carrey's look relaxed and a voice that sounds like a cat being sick.|Andy Serkis on filming with [[Elijah Wood]] and [[Sean Astin]], [[Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic]].}}
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{{quote|This must be totally bizarre to them. I mean, at least when I look up at them I see [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]], and I just play off them, but when they look at me, all they must see is a man in a gimp suit, with a face that makes Jim Carrey's look relaxed and a voice that sounds like a cat being sick.|Andy Serkis on filming with [[Elijah Wood]] and [[Sean Astin]], ''[[Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic]]''.}}
  
 
==Roles==
 
==Roles==
* [[2001]] - ''[[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' - Gollum, Witch-king, Black Riders (voice)
 
* [[2002]] - ''[[The Making of The Lord of the Rings]]'' - Himself
 
* 2002 - ''[[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]]'' - Gollum, Orcs, [[Snaga (Orc of Isengard)|Snaga]] (voice)
 
* [[2003]] - ''[[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]]'' - Sméagol, Gollum, Witch-king
 
* 2003 - ''[[EA's The Return of the King]]'' - Gollum, Witch-king (archive footage)
 
* [[2004]] - ''[[DNZ: The Real Middle Earth]]'' - Himself, Gollem (sic)
 
* 2004 - ''[[EA's The Third Age]]'' - Gollum (archive footage)
 
* 2004 - ''[[Gollum's acceptance speech]]'' - Himself, Gollum
 
* [[2005]] - ''[[Ringers: Lord of the Fans]]'' - Himself
 
* [[2006]] - ''[[EA's The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king]]'' - Gollum, Witch-king
 
 
* [[2010]] - ''[[Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit]]'' - Gollum (rumoured)
 
* [[2010]] - ''[[Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit]]'' - Gollum (rumoured)
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* [[2006]] - ''[[EA's The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king]]'' - Gollum, Witch-king
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* [[2005]] - ''[[Ringers: Lord of the Fans]]'' - Himself
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* [[2004]] - ''[[Gollum's acceptance speech]]'' - Himself, Gollum
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* [[2004]] - ''[[EA's The Third Age]]'' - Gollum (archive footage)
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* [[2004]] - ''[[DNZ: The Real Middle Earth]]'' - Himself, Gollem (sic)
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* [[2003]] - ''[[EA's The Return of the King]]'' - Gollum, Witch-king (archive footage)
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* [[2003]] - ''[[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]]'' - Sméagol, Gollum, Witch-king
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* [[2002]] - ''[[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]]'' - Gollum, Orcs, [[Snaga (Orc of Isengard)|Snaga]] (voice)
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* [[2002]] - ''[[The Making of The Lord of the Rings]]'' - Himself
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* [[2001]] - ''[[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' - Gollum, Witch-king, Black Riders (voice)
  
 
==Awards==
 
==Awards==
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* [http://www.serkis.com/ Official website]
 
* [http://www.serkis.com/ Official website]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Serkis Wikipedia Profile]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Serkis Wikipedia Profile]
* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/03/16/sv_andyserkis.xml Interview]
 
 
 
  
 
[[Category:Actors and actresses|Serkis, Andy]]
 
[[Category:Actors and actresses|Serkis, Andy]]

Revision as of 08:32, 22 July 2008

Andy Serkis as Gollum (in motion capture suit).jpg
Andy Serkis
LifetimeApril 20, 1964
PortrayedGollum, Witch-king of Angmar (voice)
InPeter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings
IMDbProfile

Andy Serkis is an English actor. He provided voices for various characters in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, but has become immortal in his portrayal of Gollum.

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Gollum

When he heard from his agent that John Hubbard wanted to hear him as the voice of an animated character, Serkis originally felt dismayed. When told it was Gollum, it changed little: he had read The Hobbit when he was eight, but nothing else. Not until his (later) wife Lorraine convinced him to go to the audition did he actually think of doing it.

He recorded a demo, in which he portrayed Gollum full of self-pity and guilt, and he based the gulping swallow sound "gollum" on his cat Diz coughing up a furball.

At the advice of Fran Walsh, he kept a diary, and this diary was later edited to become Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic. It details his casting, the shooting, the additional motion capture, and the voice dubbing pick-ups.

Serkis spent a total of five years in New Zealand, and did extra work later in London. He dubbed most of his lines as Gollum there, and also provided an eerie voice for the Witch-king of Angmar. Together with Jim Dunk, he also voiced most of the Uruk-hai in Uglúk's troop.

Quotes

"They're only scorned because they're into something popular. But it's just the same as supporting a football team or being madly into Picasso or Brahms. And it's certainly a lot more fun than chess."
― Andy Serkis on Tolkien fandom, Interview
"This must be totally bizarre to them. I mean, at least when I look up at them I see Frodo and Sam, and I just play off them, but when they look at me, all they must see is a man in a gimp suit, with a face that makes Jim Carrey's look relaxed and a voice that sounds like a cat being sick."
― Andy Serkis on filming with Elijah Wood and Sean Astin, Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic.

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Awards

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