How The Fabulous Voice Of Gollum Was Created

There are many actors who have iconic roles for which they are known. Andy Serkis is someone who is known for a vast number. Let me list a few:

  • Gollum – Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films
  • Kong – King Kong
  • Caesar – various Planet of the Apes films
  • UIysses Klaue – Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther
  • Supreme Leader Snoke – various Star Wars films
  • Baloo – Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
  • Captain Haddock – The Adventures of Tintin

He’s also been cast as Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming film The Batman alongside Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Zoë Kravitz, and many more amazing actors. 

A veteran many times over of motion capture, Serkis has used his immense acting skill to create expressive characters that can be taken into a CGI studio and turned into something else entirely.

On top of having to give the characters emotion, he had to give them a voice. 

“I have to go into the character to find a voice as part of building that character.”

Check out this video where Andy Serkis recounts how his cat inspired his voice and performance of Gollum. Let this give you inspiration in creating your next character.


  • Connor Sassmannshausen is a screenwriter, video producer, and social media organizer with the Initiative Production Company. She loves watching movies, nerdy t-shirts, travelling and taking broken things apart (but not necessarily putting them back together).


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