Watch Andy Serkis Speak As Gollum During A Reading Of The Hobbit
One of the many reasons to anticipate Peter Jackson's upcoming feature adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is getting to see Andy Serkis, back in character as Gollum/Smeagol. Those in attendance of a recent celebration to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of Tolkien's novel had the opportunity to hear Serkis do a reading of The Hobbit, and of course, that included doing the voice.
The video below is a news report from the celebration at London's Fulham Palace Gardens, and includes a couple snippets of Serkis doing the reading, and making sure to get into full vocal character to read the Gollum parts.
In addition to delivering what was most definitely a treat for those in attendance, Serkis spoke a bit about the challenge of getting back into character for The Hobbit, saying, "Part of the difficulty of doing The Hobbit twelve years later is kind of reclaiming him, because i've heard that many impersonations and people have asked me to do that many telephone messages for them…"
Given the popularity of the Lord of the Rings movies, I can only imagine how many people have approached him with their own impersonations of the fish-eating, ring-adoring character. But from what we've heard in the readings and the new trailer, it seems like he found his way back to the role.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters December 14. More information, photos and videos can be found in our Blend Film Database.
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