Happy Birthday Andy Serkis!
Serkis’ most critically acclaimed roles have been Sméagol/Gollum, in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy (200103) and the title character in the 2005 version of King Kong, in which he provided the voice and movements for the CGI characters. Also in Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Andy Serkis played the ship’s cook. His performance as Gollum is ranked #10 on Premiere’s “100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time”.
His acclaimed work on the trilogy set off a debate on the legitimacy of CGI-assisted acting. Many critics felt Serkis should have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance, since the movie used his voice, body language, and facial expressions. There is the argument that some of his CGI actions were partially, or in some cases fully animated, without his own movements, but the same can be said for actors in a traditional movie involving CGI. Some believed (incorrectly) that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ruled that he did not qualify because he never physically appeared onscreen. There is no such prohibition, however, and in fact Serkis appeared onscreen as Sméagol/Gollum in the third film, The Return of the King. He also voices the Witch King of Angmar in aforementioned film, although he is not credited. More about Andy…Posted in Andy Serkis on April 20, 2009 by xoanon