Gollum Actor: How New Motion-Capture Tech Improved The Hobbit

After his star turn as the computer-generated character of Gollum in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, actor Andy Serkis returns to the role in Peter Jackson’s upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit. But as the actor told Wired, motion-capture technology has come a long way since the first Lord of the Rings film in 2001, bridging some of the “disconnect” he felt while filming on separate live-action and motion-capture stages for the original trilogy.

Serkis, who also worked as the second unit director on The Hobbit and recently co-founded a digital-effect house, called The Imaginarium, specializing in motion capture, explained how the technology had changed his acting experience and the “strange” experience of returning to his iconic role.

The Hobbit opens in theaters on Dec. 14.

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