Andy Serkis doesn't mind not being shown on screen

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 July 2014
Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' star Andy Serkis insisted he has never been uncomfortable with not being shown on screen for some of his famous digitally-enhanced roles

Andy Serkis has never been uncomfortable with his face not being seen on screen.

The Hollywood star has become a pioneer for motion-capturing technology - initially through his roles in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies - and he has no problem with appearing as something unrecognisable in the likes of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'.

He told the Wall Street Journal: "I was never not comfortable with it, I have to say. What I've always loved about acting was the transformative [sic] experience.

"And when I started of as a theatre actor before I got into film at all... for me it was about ... using myself, but being able to say something about the human condition, the further away I got from myself."

Andy first got his proper introduction to the technique when he took on the digitally-enhanced role of Gollum in 'The Lord of the Rings', and he fell in love with it as a branch of filmmaking.

He added: "Using performance capture technology for me - I stumped across it during when we were creating Gollum for 'The Lord of the Rings'.

"As a process, as a way of bringing characters to life, I absolutely adore it."

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