Townsville Bulletin - - PLAY - JAMES WIGNEY

THE world’s fore­most mo­tion cap­ture per­for­mance ge­nius, Andy Serkis has as­sumed many masks dur­ing his ca­reer.

His ex­tra­or­di­nary skills in the field, in which ac­tors don a spe­cial suit with sen­sors that track their body and face move­ments so a com­put­er­gen­er­ated char­ac­ter can be ren­dered over the top, have seen him as­sume the form of a gi­ant go­rilla ( King Kong), a drunken sea cap­tain ( Cap­tain Had­dock in The Ad­ven­tures of Tintin), a mys­te­ri­ous and evil over­lord ( Supreme Leader Snoke in new Star Wars series) and a highly evolved chim­panzee ( Cae­sar in the Planet of the Apes tril­ogy). But the one that just won’t go away is the one that kicked it all off.

More than 15 years af­ter he first cre­ated the twisted, tor­tured, hob­bit- gone- bad Gollum in Peter Jack­son’s Lord of the Rings tril­ogy, Serkis is still get­ting asked to do THAT voice.

Re­cently, the ac­tor hi­lar­i­ously read out Trump tweets as Gollum on The Late Show with Stephen Col­bert and he’s lost count of the times he’s been asked to do voice­mail mes­sages over the years.

“That char­ac­ter is kind of like my pic­ture of Do­rian Gray in re­verse,” Serkis says. “He’s never go­ing to go away.” It prob­a­bly doesn’t help that he can see him­self when he looks at some of the trail­blaz­ing char­ac­ters he has cre­ated on the big screen.

“Gollum is pretty re­flec­tive of my face — be­lieve it or not — or cer­tain of my fea­tures and Cae­sar’s are very much so,” he ad­mits.

Serkis, who also runs The Imag­i­nar­ium Stu­dios, a hi- tech London fa­cil­ity that spe­cialises in mo­tion cap­ture, has long said the tech­nique is just an­other ac­tor’s tool like make- up or pros­thet­ics.

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