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For a man who’s had lead

roles in films as big as The Lord Of The Rings, King Kong and the re­cent Planet Of The Apes re­boot, the real Andy Serkis spends very

lit­tle time on screen. When­ever he ap­pears

it’s as a com­put­er­gen­er­ated pri­mate or jew­ellery-ob­sessed gob­lin with a com­bover. Serkis is an ac­tor who doesn’t just in­habit other char­ac­ters but be­comes en­tirely dif­fer­ent species, and, thanks to his world-lead­ing mo­tion

cap­ture stu­dio The Imag­i­nar­ium, he’s push­ing it to places cin­ema has never

been be­fore. With each per­for­mance, Serkis adds another level of some­thing

that’s been miss­ing from CGI-heavy films for so long:

hu­man­ity. It’s got to the point that he’s be­ing tipped for an Os­car for his por­trayal of chief ape Cae­sar. He’ll also have a not-yet-named role in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars movie.

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