Andy Serkis: 'Hollywood is changing'

October 27th, 2010

Andy Serkis believes Hollywood's attitude towards performance capture technology is changing.

The 46-year-old actor - who is well known for shooting the role of Gollum in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy using the technology - thinks Hollywood is changing its mind about performance capture thanks to the success of James Cameron's 'Avatar' and Peter Jackson's demands to use it on 'Lord of the Rings' in 1999.

Discussing the importance the technology, Andy exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "The perception is changing, certainly since 'The Lord of the Rings' 10 years ago, when it was considered an extension of a visual effect rather than an actor's tool and a director's tool which is what it is.

"Regardless of what you are wearing it's believing it and taking in the power of another person's performance.

"That's really, very cleverly, why Peter Jackson said back in 1999 he wanted an actor to play Gollum and not a tennis ball on a stick, because it means all of the other actors have to pretend and all of the motivation for that is gone."

His experience in the field means he has become a consultant on the subject, even advising during its use on the forthcoming 'Planet of the Apes' prequel 'Rise of the Apes'.

He said: "I was a consultant on 'Rise of the Apes' to an extent. So it's very much part of what I do now. It's a strange area which is not filled."

Andy will be appearing at the Encounters Film Festival at the Watershed Cinema in Bristol on November 19 to discuss his new project, Europe's first performance capture studio Imaginarium.

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