Andy Serkis keeps fit for his shape-shifting roles

July 11, 2014 11:32 PM

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Andy Serkis is known for bringing Gollum from "The Lord of the Rings" and the gorilla from "King Kong" to life using motion-capture technology. He also plays Caesar in the just-released "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," and what many don't realize is that the technology doesn't make Serkis' job any easier. If you see it on film, the actor did it in real life, and that means he needs to be in top shape to play roles that involve biting off a Hobbit finger, climbing the Empire State Building or overthrowing the human race in an ape-ocalypse. One fact: If you're going to climb Mount Doom, it helps if you practice on the Matterhorn first.

A lot of people think it's about learning monkey movements or a type of physicality, and that is part of it, but at the end of the day I'm just an actor. I've been lucky enough to play some great characters, but I've developed a love for the technology because it allows you to do anything. I've foun...

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