We have known for some time that actor Andy Serkis is reprising his role as Gollum in The Hobbit. Now it seems he has taken on another role behind the camera as well, serving as Peter Jackson's Second Unit Director on The Hobbit. Here's what Andy Serkis had to say about this new job below.
"I think I understand Peter's sensibility and we have a common history of understanding Middle Earth. A lot of the crew from The Lord of the Rings was returning to work on The Hobbit. There is really a sense of Peter wanting people around him who totally understand the material and the work ethic."
Andy Serkis went onto say that his directorial duties will include some motion-capture scenes, but that his job will go beyond that.
"It is wide ranging and encompasses a lot of directing aspects of filmmaking and story. Yes, there is some performance capture, but I will be very much on the live action sets and locations helping Peter to tell the story. The learning curve is The Hobbit is being shot in 3D."
He also added that his Gollum character will be recognizable to fans of the franchise, and how motion-capture acting has become more respected in Hollywood.
"He is very much a Gollum that people will recognize. When we created Gollum the first time, performance capture was it its infancy. Within the industry, there is more appreciation for it as an acting art form. It's all about character, learning what the character thinks, feels, how he carries pain."