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When I first did ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ I was acting on the set with the other actors, but then I had to go back and repeat the process on my own to do the physical capture on a motion capture stage.
Andy Serkis

You can’t just come up with an idea for a game and stick the drama on top. It all has to be one driving thrust.
Andy Serkis

I have a road bike and a mountain bike, and I tend to use them both a lot. They help you keep your balance and your stamina.
Andy Serkis

Gollum is entirely based on the notion of addiction. The way that the ring pervades him, makes him craving, lustful, depletes him physically, psychologically and mentally.
Andy Serkis

Acting is a sort of pressure cooker that allows the fizz to come out the top. God knows what I’d be like if I didn’t have that.
Andy Serkis

Working with and collaborating with and for Peter Jackson was an incredible experience because he is such a phenomenal filmmaker.
Andy Serkis

Motion capture is exactly what it says: it’s physical moves, whereas performance capture is the entire performance – including your facial performance. If you’re doing, say, martial arts for a video game, that is motion capture. This is basically another way of recording an actor’s performance: audio, facial and physical.
Andy Serkis

The wonderful thing about 48 fps is the integration of live action and CG elements; that is something I learned from ‘The Hobbit.’ We are so used to 24 fps and the romance of celluloid… but at 48 fps, you cannot deny the existence of these CG creations in the same time frame and space and environment as the live action.
Andy Serkis

After ‘Kong,’ my knuckles have never recovered because I had to wear very heavy weights on my forearms and around my hips and ankles to get the sense of size and scale of the movement of the character… You are telling your body that you are these things and that you’re feeling these thoughts and that you’re experiencing these experiences.
Andy Serkis

An actor finds things in the moment with a director and other actors that you don’t have time to hand-draw or animate with a computer.
Andy Serkis
Time, Moment, You
In ‘Tintin,’ it’s like a live-action role. You’re living and breathing and making decisions for that character from page 1 to page 120, the whole emotional arc. In an animated movie, it’s a committee decision. There are 50 people creating that character. You’re responsible for a small part.
Andy Serkis

I think there will always be a particular generation of actors who… think that they’re going to be replaced by robots. But certainly the emerging actors… understand that that’s part of the craft.
Andy Serkis

A lot of actors on film sets… very often they’re not paying attention to the physical world around them. I think through studying art, I’ve always had that awareness and that’s something that I’ve wanted to bring in to go beyond acting… As a form of expression, they are intrinsically linked.
Andy Serkis

I love acting and certainly won’t give it up, but it’s part of a bigger canvas for me now.
Andy Serkis

Not a day goes by where I’m not reminded of Gollum by some person in the street who asks me to do his voice or wants to talk to me about him. But because ‘The Hobbit’ has been talked about as a project for many years, I knew that at some point I’d have to reengage with him.
Andy Serkis

I expect at some point I’ll probably want to go back on stage and do some theater, because I’ve not done theater in 10 years.
Andy Serkis

The fact of the matter is that an actor, if I’m playing a performance capture role and you’re playing a live action role and we’re having a scene together, there’s no difference in our acting processes.
Andy Serkis

I’m definitely moving more towards directing now.
Andy Serkis

I think even back as far as ‘Lord of the Rings,’ there was always the chance that ‘The Hobbit’ would be made, even way back then. Of course at that point, Peter Jackson didn’t probably think at that point that he’d be directing it.
Andy Serkis

I’ve been writing and wanting to direct for a long time.
Andy Serkis

The learning curve is ‘The Hobbit’ is being shot in 3D.
Andy Serkis

In the same way ‘Lord of the Rings’ was an interpretation of the book, ‘The Hobbit’ is being treated the same way. It will be faithfully represented with a fresh interpretation.
Andy Serkis

I am a bit evangelical, I know, but performance-capture is still misunderstood.
Andy Serkis

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.
Andy Serkis

And ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ was a very transitional film for me in that I was one of the producers and you know, came up with the idea with the writer and the producer, as well. But, it was a very collaborative event. You know, I really love working in that way.
Andy Serkis

My dad was working abroad, in Iraq, and he was a doctor. We used to go and visit him, in Baghdad, off and on. For the first ten years of my life, we used to go backwards and forwards to Baghdad, so that was quite amazing. I spent a lot of time traveling around the Middle East.
Andy Serkis

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