Film Weekly gets 2010 off to a blistering start with actor Andy Serkis, who has gone from playing Gollum and King Kong to inhabiting the skin and withered limb of the late Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. Serkis tells Jason Solomons about channelling the spit and fury of the uncompromising late 70s jazz-punk warrior, and how bringing Dury to life on the big screen forced him to dig deep into his skills as an artist, actor and musician. Serkis also discusses his return to playing Gollum in The Hobbit and why motion-capture technology will never put actors out of work. More..
Lefties among us might recognise Andy Serkis. Of course he was bug-eyed hobbit Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Sure, he gave us a supremely tender King Kong. Yes, he was terrifyingly eloquent as serial killer Ian Brady in the television drama Longford, horribly creepy as French prisoner Rigaud in Little Dorrit and simply monstrous as the interrogator in Extraordinary Rendition. But there’s something else. Wasn’t he the fella who sold the Socialist Worker on the streets of London back in the early 90s? More..
Keith sends along word that the trailer for Andy Serkis’ new movie SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL is now online. Also announced the news that Andy has been nominated for London Film Critics Award for his work in SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL.
Andy portrays Ian Dury in the biopic. Dury was an English rock and roll singer, lyricist, bandleader and actor who initially rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and New Wave era of rock music. He is best known as founder, frontman, and lead singer of the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads, who were amongst the most important groups of the New Wave era in the UK.
The film also stars Olivia Williams, Naomie Harris, Ray Winstone, Luke Evans, Mackenzie Crook and Noel Clarke. The movie is getting extraordinary reviews, particularly for Andy’s performance. It opens in UK on January 8 2010 and will be in US hopefully later in the year.