News for Nov. 26, 2005

I went ape for Kong

11/26/05, 9:53 am EST - Xoanon

James Mottram writes: Andy Serkis is sitting just a few feet away from me in a London hotel suite. If he wanted, he could leap on his seat, beat his chest and charge towards me. I wouldn't stand a chance. Such behaviour might seem bizarre for a 41-year-old father of three, but it would come as no surprise. For the past 18 months, Serkis has gone gorilla, preparing for the title role in the mother of all monster movies, Peter Jackson's much-anticipated remake of King Kong. With Serkis providing the movements and facial expressions for the digitally rendered great ape, just as he did for the malevolent sprite Gollum in Jackson's celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy, things have come a long way since actors donned hirsute suits for the opening sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey. [More]