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.