The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy directed by Peter Jackson features Gollum, the iconic CGI character. He was created with the use of motion capture technology.
The person behind Gollum was an English film actor, author, and director Andy Serkis. He did motion capture acting, animation and voice work for the computer-generated character.
Some critics from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wanted to nominate Andy Serkis for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Nevertheless, after much debate, the voting members decided that the applicant must be personally present on the screen.
After the trilogy was released on the big screen, Andy Serkis received the status of the main motion capture professional. Offers from the movie studios poured in. In the 2005 version of King Kong, the actor did motion capture for the title character. He also starred in the latest Planet of the Apes trilogy, in which Serkis played Caesar. Last but not least, he played supreme leader Snoke in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Do note that Andy Serkis is not only known as a motion caption actor. He has plenty of dramatic roles where you can see his real face. Serkis does a great job in both dramas and comedies. He was absolutely hilarious alongside Charlize Theron in the 2019 romantic comedy Long Shot!
Serkis is also known as a talented movie director. He made his directorial debut with the 2017 biographical drama Breathe. In 2018, Andy directed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, in which he portrayed Baloo, a sloth bear.
Andy Serkis is 56 years old and he is in his prime. At the moment, he is busy working on over six upcoming films. The most anticipated one is Batman. Serkis will play Alfred Pennyworth, a trained butler and assistant of the title character portrayed by Robert Pattinson.