Andy Serkis is a truly great actor. Aside from his pivotal role as Gollum in both the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he was the man behind 2005’s King Kong, and that’s not even mentioning his numerous live-action roles on stage, television and film.
But it’s not just voice-acting. Serkis usually performs with a full motion-capture suit on, with every movement and expression he makes being translated onto the computer-generated model. Many have come to see Serkis as an underrated actor, as his talents aren’t recognised by many award ceremonies due to their digital component.
Regardless, Serkis continues to provide us with top-notch entertainment on the big screen, including his lead role as Caesar in the new Planet of the Apes series. The latest entry, and the third starring the actor, is War for the Planet of the Apes. It was while doing press for this movie that Serkis appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he could talk about the process of making the movie.
But the host had a trick up his sleeve – he was adamant that he would get to hear Serkis’ iconic Gollum voice – not just to repeat a line from the Lord of the rings movies, but to read out the tweets of Donald Trump.
Stephen Colbert, who formerly hit big with his satirical series The Colbert Report, is a massive Lord of the Rings fan. As well as frequently proving his encyclopedic knowledge of the books and films, he even managed to land himself a cameo in one of The Hobbit films. So it’s no surprise that he wanted to ask Andy Serkis to reprise his most famous role for just a moment.
You can even see Colbert smiling with joy as the actor accepts the task of reading some of Donald Trump’s tweets in his Gollum voice. And Serkis doesn’t just read it, but jumps back into the role, absorbing himself in a character he left behind five years ago now.
The internet was more than pleased with the performance, as we were all given a taste of something we didn’t even know we wanted until now. The video has gained over two million views and nearly 40,000 likes in just a few days, and currently sits right at the top of YouTube’s list of trending videos.
One user commented that the actor became his new favourite actor and person as soon as “he instantly jumped onto the chair to get into character”, while another commenter remarked that he’s happy to see more in the line of a “Gollum reads Tweets” series.
Perhaps we will see more of these “Gollum reads tweets” videos in the future? There’s definitely a plethora of Trump’s tweets waiting to be performed in this way, and Serkis seems like he’s up to the challenge.
While Serkis was the perfect guest, talk show hosts aren’t always so lucky. Colbert himself has the misfortune of being the host to an entry on this list of the most awkward late night guests of all time.