If you’re a regular reader of this site and your interests are the same as ours, then you are undoubtedly familiar with Andy Serkis. The guy is crazy talented, and while I’m not saying he should have won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his motion-capture work for Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, he should have at the least been nominated.
Serkis is the guy when it comes to motion-capture performance – he’s recently been announced to play Caesar in the upcoming Rise of the Apes – but he’s much more than a one-trick pony. Serkis acts in a wide range of roles in dramas and comedies, does voice work, and even a bit of singing. Below, check out 10 video clips of Andy Serkis at work. I tried to include his most interesting and obscure performances (sorry, 13 Going On 30 fans!).
Gollum – The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Probably Serkis’ most famous performance, his portrayal of Gollum is truly incredible.
King Bohan – Heavenly Sword video game
Serkis’ motion-capture work isn’t limited to film; here he is making moves as King Bohan.
King Kong – King Kong
Another brilliant performance by Serkis, who truly made me believe I was watching a giant ape, not some herky-jerky CGI disaster.
Spider – The Jolly Boys’ Last Stand
This is a comedy by Sacha Baron Cohen; I can’t imagine it not being funny.
Ian Dury – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Here is Serkis portraying Ian Dury, the real-life lead singer of The Blockheads. In the second video, you can see Serkis engaging in some banter with the extras in between takes of a gig scene.
Mr. Alley – The Prestige
As Tesla’s right-hand man Mr. Alley, Serkis gives a very creepy and solid performance.
Hoodwink – Sugarhouse Lane
It’s pretty amazing how Serkis can go from friendly and funny to sinister and scary so well.
Albert Einstein – Einstein and Eddington
Here, Serkis plays the brilliant Albert Einstein, opposite Dr. Who’s David Tennant as Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington.
Screwtape (voice) – The Screwtape Letters
Here’s some video of Serkis doing excellent voice work as Screwtape from the radio program “The Screwtape Letters.” I have to believe that had Serkis been born before the days of television, he would have been a notorious radio star.