Andy Serkis on Tintin, the Apes Sequel, and His Surprising Hobbit Gig

Famous for playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Andy Serkis found even more acclaim (and Oscar buzz) this year for his motion-capture performance as Caesar, the simian hero of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. For that shoot, he wore a skintight Lycra suit and a face covered in motion-tracking dots to lope alongside James Franco, but the effects work and the performance were so stunning that you'd be forgiven for thinking a human had nothing to do with it. This winter, Serkis can be seen (well, sort of) in another motion-capture role as Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, but meanwhile, he's busy with expanded duties on The Hobbit, where he's not just reprising Gollum but shooting second-unit photography alongside director Peter Jackson. Luckily, Serkis found a moment in all that madness and called Vulture to discuss his biggest year yet. Read More...


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