Here’s a little report from Andy’s book signing last night in SLC. I don’t know how many people were there but we were about half way down the line and it took us a couple of hours to get to Andy. He said he would talk to everyone in line (they cut the line off at around 8:30). When we got in line they were estimating that there were about 600 waiting–maybe somebody else has a better idea of how many people were there. He was so kind and accessible to everyone. The books sold out in about 5 minutes. When it was our turn to have him sign, my 10-year-old daughter asked him to do the Gollum voice. The next thing you know, he starts a Gollum/Smeagol dialogue like, “What would you like me to say,” going back and forth whether he should say anything or not and whether she liked him or not, and even did the Smeagol hand thing on his head like when they were in front of the Black Gate in TTT. He was wonderful with her and also with my 13-year-old son, who doesn’t want to wash his hand ever again after shaking Andy’s. What a great guy.
Just thought I’d drop a line and tell you my experience with Andy Serkis when he appeared at the Borders bookstore in Crossroads Plaza, Salt Lake City, on January 14.
I arrived shortly after 7pm and the line was HUGE; it snaked all around mall. Because his book had sold out very quickly, they allowed memorabilia to be signed, and luckily, I had brought my large Smeagol/Gollum (with 20+ phrases), so he signed the box for me. Even though it was 10:15pm, and he’d been signing non-stop for almost three hours, he was still smiling, gracious, and courteous. We were rushed through the line (though I doubt it was Andy’s choice) because there were so many people. I was able to snap a few photos after he signed my Gollum.
Great experience. I’ll know next time to take a half-day off of work to get in line.