Andy Serkis

Be magnificent. Life’s short. Get out there. You can do it. Everyone can do it. Everyone.
Andy Serkis

Every age has its storytelling form, and video gaming is a huge part of our culture. You can ignore or embrace video games and imbue them with the best artistic quality. People are enthralled with video games in the same way as other people love the cinema or theatre.
Andy Serkis

Be magnificent. Life’s short. Get out there. You can do it. Everyone can do it. Everyone.
Andy Serkis

My livelihood depends on the art of animators.
Andy Serkis

I never felt totally, 100%, patriotically English… I’d seen a lot of the world by an early age – sort of spent a lot of time traveling around Lebanon and I’d seen Babylon, and Damascus, and all sorts of places in the Middle East by the time I was ten. Then we’d return to Ruslip in West London… Done a fair bit of traveling really.
Andy Serkis

In terms of animation, animators are actors as well. They are fantastic actors. They have to draw from how they feel emotionally about the beat of a scene that they’re working on. They work collaboratively.
Andy Serkis

I’m quite contrary. If people agree on something, I tend to gravitate the other way by my nature. I don’t like to be told what to do. I think it goes back to school. I like to do things I want to do and I really don’t like doing what I don’t want to do.
Andy Serkis

People think, ‘Oh, well how can ‘The Hobbit,’ which is one book, become three films?’ But you can take one line from an appendice and it turns into a whole sequence.
Andy Serkis

I have a company in the U.K., a performance-capture studio. We’re looking to push the boundaries of performance-capture technology in film and video games, but also in live theater, using real-time performance capture with actors onstage, and combining that with holographic imagery.
Andy Serkis

It was a fairly happy childhood. My father was working away, and my mum brought up five kids all on her own.
Andy Serkis

Performance capture is a tool that young actors will need in the next 10, 20 years. It’s on the increase, as you say. It’s not going away.
Andy Serkis

Gollum is Gollum – though in ‘Lord of the Rings’ he’s 600 years old and in ‘The Hobbit’ he’s 540, so he looks a little bit more handsome.
Andy Serkis

I’ve always thought of acting as a tool to change society. I watch a lot of actors and I see panic in their eyes because they don’t know why they act and I know why I act. Whether I’m a good or a bad actor, I know why I do it.
Andy Serkis

I can get on with all different sorts of people, and I never feel homesick, particularly, or I’ve never felt kind of patriotic towards any one country.
Andy Serkis

You never really know why you become an actor: it’s a visceral thing, an emotional thing.
Andy Serkis

Everybody thinks performance capture is about thrashing around and doing a lots of movement, but it’s actually about being able to contain and think and be believed in a close-up, as much as anything else.
Andy Serkis

Mountaineering has always been a huge hobby of mine.
Andy Serkis

When I was in theater I was forever trying to inhabit a space which puts yourself under the microscope as an actor and your personality and your take on life, but actually through another portal of a character.
Andy Serkis

Yeah, I mean, climbing’s always been a massive hobby of mine up until, kind of, recent times when I’ve had family, but no, it’s been a driving passion in my life and, uh, I’ve always wanted to climb the Matterhorn. It was the mountain that, sort of, inspired me to climb, as a youngster. So, it was great to be able to get to do it.
Andy Serkis

The whole chameleon thing about acting. That’s why I’m moving towards directing – it’s a much more healthy occupation.
Andy Serkis

Gorilla tourism is vital to Rwanda’s economy: It’s the third highest source of income.
Andy Serkis

Thank God for Skype!
Andy Serkis

Our family were outsiders, and I’ve always had a sense of the outsider, the underdog, and a strong sense of justice towards people who are excluded.
Andy Serkis

I play saxophone, I play tenor sax.
Andy Serkis

I do listen to myself sometimes and think, ‘Is my moral compass so easily swayed by the characters I play, or is it me growing as a human being?’
Andy Serkis

I do have anger management issues. Not clinical. Probably no more than most people.
Andy Serkis

I think Caesar is one of the most empathetic characters that I’ve played. I think that’s the key to a successful leadership. Being able to keep your ears open at all times.
Andy Serkis

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