Andy Serkis Reflects On His Time As Second Unit Director On THE HOBBIT

The actor will reprise the role of 'Gollum' in this December's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but he also served as second unit director on the production. "It was an extraordinary challenge..." he says of his work on the films. Check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 10/3/2012
Peter Jackson returns to Middle-Earth this Christmas as tackles the big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit. Originally set to be split into just two films, it was revealed a couple of months ago that there will now be THREE instalments (An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, There and Back Again). Andy Serkis will reprise his role as 'Gollum', but he also played a fairly pivotal role in the production of the film as second unit director. In the following interview with Digital Spy, he talks more about his experiences working on the trilogy and his excitement about getting to direct.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.


Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Andy Serkis as Gollum
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Orlando Bloom as Legolas

RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2012.

Source: Digital Spy
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kenechokeesey - 10/3/2012, 4:46 AM
He's got it down pat.Cough first.
marvel72 - 10/3/2012, 4:55 AM
i've got a feeling that gollum will steal the show again.
Freedom - 10/3/2012, 5:15 AM
Love this guy.
MCMLXXXII - 10/3/2012, 5:46 AM
andy serkis IS gollum... yesss, precious..
blvdnoise - 10/3/2012, 5:52 AM
♫♬ Moving on up ♬♫
lntrn8 - 10/3/2012, 6:32 AM
He deserved 2 Oscar nods for Gollum & King Kong. He is an actor ahead of his time.
marvel72 - 10/3/2012, 6:42 AM
@ intrn8

& for ceaser in rise of the planet of the apes.
lokibane2012 - 10/3/2012, 6:43 AM
Why has this man not won an Oscar yet? Absolutely preposterous.

The Academy is a bunch of cock-nibbling dumb[frick]s with their thumbs planted firmly up their tight buttholes.
hellfire - 10/3/2012, 6:55 AM
He's a great actor and I don't mean just for the motion capture stuff.
NorrinRaddical - 10/3/2012, 7:53 AM
he's good, but his portrayal of Gollum was occasionally a bit too much for me. Wouldn't have minded less cutesy / squeely.

then again, i'm a huge fan of (Brother) Theodore Gottlieb in the old cartoons. Truly my favorite version of the character

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