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'The Hobbit' star Andy Serkis: 'Gollum changed my career'

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey star Andy Serkis has credited the role of Gollum with changing his life.

Serkis played the character in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and has now returned to the role for The Hobbit.

Andy Serkis, Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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The actor recently commented to Flicks and Bits that he treasured the opportunity to revisit Gollum.

"Gollum had been such an important role for me, and he never really went away - I've been constantly reminded of him as a character practically every day of my life since The Lord of the Rings," Serkis joked.

He went on to explain: "To actually really re-engage and go back in there, and actually think, 'I'm actually going to play you again'. That was actually quite a strange feeling.

"When I played him a decade or more ago, I really got under the skin of Gollum in a very deep way. So I had no fear that I would not be able to plumb those depths again.

"But there were a couple of moments early on when I felt like I was doing a pale imitation. And then, when we were actually on the set doing this iconic scene between Gollum and Bilbo, 'Game of Riddles', I felt I had truly found my way back to him.

"I could absolutely feel the reality of Gollum's situation, the tragedy and the great loss of the one thing he holds dear."

'The Hobbit' character posters: Gollum


Serkis also worked as second unit director on The Hobbit, a job which he has described as a tremendous challenge.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 13 in the UK, and December 14 in the US.

Watch the trailer below:

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