Serkis finds his voice in Gollum

Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:09 PM ET

Like Gollum, Andy Serkis has a tendency to second-guess himself - although both guesses are in the same voice, precious.

In the case of returning to play the ring-haunted half-ling Gollum in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Serkis was concerned over how authentically he could play a character whose voice had become almost cliché.

"The weird thing was these characters have been absorbed by popular culture to such a high degree. There really was a question, 'Am I doing an impersonation of a character I played 12 years ago?' I'm moving like Gollum and sounding like Gollum. But boy, I've heard thousands of impersonations (of Gollum). Is it really my version?"

But as the song goes, ain't nothing like the real thing. "He (Gollum) is 540 years old in this version, not 600, so he's hot. He'll have a huge fan base with teenage girl fans," Serkis quips.

 


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