The Hobbit’s Andy Serkis: Playing Gollum opposite Martin Freeman was amazing

Crawling around on the floor as the creature Gollum proved more difficult ten years on, but Serkis says he and Freeman had a "ball"

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Actor and Second Unit Director Andy Serkis has admitted that returning to the role of Gollum in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug had its challenges this time around.

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“Of course you know, I’m ten years older. So crawling around as Gollum was pretty physically hard work for both characters actually,” he joked of playing the bipolar Stoor at last night’s satellite-linked worldwide Q&A.

Sherlock star Martin Freeman, who reprises his role as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, wasn’t present at any of the events – simultaneously held in locations including London, LA, New York and Wellington. But Serkis was keen to comment on his co-star:

“What was amazing was being able to play opposite Martin, because Martin’s a brilliant actor. We had a ball doing it.” Serkis enthused.

Although not available due to filming commitments, Martin did send a message to fans via video saying: 

“It’s been quite a journey playing Bilbo and seeing the enthusiasm for this character and these movies wherever I go has been fantastic, so I hope you will all enjoy this wonderful Hobbit fan event.”

Director Peter Jackson, who joined the discussion (barefoot in Wellington no less) shared behind-the-scenes footage, as well as the latest trailer. This extended showreel picks up on the story of previous hit The Unexpected Journey, which has seen Bilbo and Gollum come together amid a Dwarf bid to reclaim their mountain – and will result in the eventual meeting with the Benedict Cumberbatch-voiced dragon Smaug.

See this and more footage from last night’s event here.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in cinemas from December 13

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