Andy Serkis, best known for his motion capture roles in The Lord of the Rings and The Planet of the Apes series, treated Stephen Colbert to reprise of the character Gollum on Tuesday night.
Appearing on The Late Show to promote War of the Planet of the Apes, Serkis was happy to oblige when Colbert requested that Serkis read U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets in character.
Hopping up on his chair and immediately assuming a Gollum-style pose, Serkis was pitch perfect.
Serkis voice, gestures and delivery are all pure gold and perfectly fitting to Trump’s rant about the “fake news” media in the first tweet. In reading the second tweet, Gollum had to admit he has no idea what covfefe is either.
This is not the first time that someone has used a fictional character to have a go at Trump’s tweets. In January, Mark Hamill used his voice-acting talents to read Trump’s New Year’s tweet as The Joker. And Pres. Supervillain is a Twitter account that takes real Trump tweets and photoshops them into classic comics.
Colbert and Serkis, who met when Colbert visited New Zealand during the filming of The Lord of the Rings, also discussed how motion capture compares with traditional acting. To emphasize that motion capture is no different from “real acting”, they watched the following clip.
Colbert, who is a massive J.R.R Tolkien fan and trivia nerd, was truly delighted by Serkis’s performance. “That’s the most beautiful thing,” Colbert said afterwards. “I gotta say, they actually sound better that way.”