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Originally a creature of Hobbit-kind, who came by the One Ring in the River Anduin, where Isildur had lost it more than two millennia before. Coming under its power, he hid away in the Misty Mountains, and was drawn into the events at the end of the Third Age when he encountered Bilbo Baggins, who took the Ring from him.

Screenshots from The Hobbit trailer

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“It’s Extraordinary,” says Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis talks about the Hobbit Films to BBC Radio 5 Live. The Hobbit Films production he says has “been a long time coming and it’s finally happening”.

 

He further adds, “I have just literally got back a couple of days ago from shooting our first block. And it’s in huge kind of blocks really with little kind of hiatus periods in between.”

 

On being asked about the shooting in New Zealand, he responds to Phil Williams by saying that “It’s absolutely amazing – it’s very similar [to the Lord of the Rings shooting over a decade ago].” He even went so far as to say that “99% of the crew have come back from the Lord of the Rings and it’s a wonderful – wonderful atmosphere! There is a whole new raft of new characters/actors [and] it’s joyous – it’s extraordinary!”

 

Naturally, even he has to curb his enthusiasm and rounds it off with: “I have to hold back on talking about it too much. It’s been a long time coming and we are so, so thrilled that its finally happening!”

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Andy Serkis Serves As Second Unit Director on The Hobbit Films

Andy Serkis, who reprises his role as Gollum, in The Hobbit Films, is now about to serve as a second unit director on the films as well.

“I think I understand Peter’s sensibility and we have a common history of understanding Middle Earth,” Serkis told The Hollywood Reporter. “A lot of the crew from The Lord of the Rings was returning to work on The Hobbit. There is really  a sense of Peter wanting people around him who totally understand the material and the work ethic.”

He said further, “When Peter asked me. There was this email out of the blue. It was a fantastic surprise…It is wide ranging and encompasses a lot of directing aspects of film-making and story. Yes, there is some performance capture, but I will be very much on the live action sets and locations helping Peter to tell the story…The learning curve is The Hobbit is being shot in 3D” and  he notes that this effect will be used “dramatically, to give a point of view.”

As to the move from book to film, he says, “In the same way Lord of the Rings was an interpretation of the book, The Hobbit is being treated the same way. It will be faithfully represented with a fresh interpretation.”

The report is that the busy actor just completed shooting his performance in the film. As to the character of Gollum, Serkis confidently proclaims: “He is very much a Gollum that people will recognize,” and that he has depicted Gollum in his “truest form.” He further added that it was “thrilling” to reprise the role of Gollum. “I was looking forward to doing it. He never really left me. When we created Gollum the first time, performance capture was in its infancy,” he said, noting that today, “within the industry, there is more appreciation for it as an acting art form. It’s all about character, learning what the character thinks, feels, how he carries pain.”

The actor also has performances in two additional anticipated movies are on the way, both of which are performance capture. He will play Caesar in the Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes, slated for an Aug. 4 debut; and Captain Haddock in the December release The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

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