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Andy Serkis: 'I don't get respect for playing Gollum'

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Andy Serkis has admitted that he is frustrated performance-capture is not taken as seriously as conventional acting.

The actor is currently reprising his role as Gollum in The Hobbit, the prequel to the fantasy franchise Lord of the Rings.

He told The Daily Telegraph: "I am a bit evangelical, I know, but performance-capture is still misunderstood.

"Ten years down the line, people say, 'Oh, so you did the voice of Gollum?' Or people go, 'You did the movements for Kong?' It's frustrating, because I play Gollum and I play Kong. It is acting."

Serkis added that he does not see the difference between his "live-acting" films such as Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and his performance-capture roles.

"There's no distinction between how I play Ian Dury in that film, and how I play Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. How it's cloaked and manifested on screen, that's a different thing, but people often don't get that it is all acting."

The 41-year old star also revealed that he inspired Peter Jackson to start using performance-capture.

"Originally when I went off to work on The Lord of The Rings I got a call from my agent saying that I was just going to do a voice. But I couldn't really approach it like that. To get Gollum's voice I had to play the character.

"I told Peter that was how I'd like to do it and when he was watching me moving around on set he said, 'Stop everything. We are going to film Andy's performance and then we are going to experiment with performance-capture'."

In 2010, the actor denied that there is any need for a separate Academy Award for performance-capture acting.

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