Andy Serkis Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters | GQ

  • Published on Dec 21, 2018
  • Andy Serkis breaks down his most iconic characters, including his roles in The Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes, The Prestige, 13 Going on 30, King Kong, Tintin and Mowgli.

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  • Oktrian Basic
    Oktrian Basic 3 hours ago

    Now do sean bean

  • ImzVidsZ
    ImzVidsZ Day ago

    Andy in inkheart was a pretty decent role , one of my most memorable in my childhood

  • 5280z007
    5280z007 3 days ago

    Should totally have Danny Mcbride next on this show !

  • Brent Hafenscher
    Brent Hafenscher 3 days ago

    14:17 “I was raw” but were you wriggling

  • Ankri
    Ankri 10 days ago

    Gollum to LOTR is what Ledger's Joker is to TDK.

  • Gloria Ntaile C. Zulu
    Gloria Ntaile C. Zulu 20 days ago

    This man is an icon

  • nesaia5
    nesaia5 Month ago

    Andy and Simon Pegg in Burke & Hare... hilarious!

  • The Ministerial Nerd
    The Ministerial Nerd Month ago +1

    He needs to come back as a Capture Motion form of Klaue in Black Panther 2. We haven't seen his Pure sound form and his containment suit fitted with the arm canon. Klaue was one of the highlights of the film. Need him back

  • Laith Mohammed
    Laith Mohammed Month ago +1

    Andy serkis the best actor all the Times

    THEROOMZONE Month ago

    Well at least he ended up with the ring, even wearing it to this day

  • Chappie
    Chappie Month ago

    *Ring check*

  • Jojo brown
    Jojo brown Month ago

    The last planet of the apes made me cry. Underrated and deserving of an Oscar.

  • ClareBear
    ClareBear Month ago +1

    Such a special talent. He created a masterpiece with Gollum ❤️

  • JC Visuals
    JC Visuals Month ago

    I believe its really hard to act out a character that will computer animated later. Before everyone praised Josh Brolins Thanos, i think he was amazing and really believable as Caesar.

  • Samuel Li-A-Sam
    Samuel Li-A-Sam Month ago +1

    This man deserves more credit

  • Sineade Williams
    Sineade Williams Month ago +3

    BEST South African accent by a non Saffa ever. Hands down

  • Mitchell Jack
    Mitchell Jack Month ago

    Good to see Ole Gunnar Solkjaer talking about something other than football

  • Jardel Elias
    Jardel Elias Month ago

    It would be faster for him to break down his Not iconic characters. But again, the video would be 30 secs of him going "I don't know..."

  • Bilal Javed
    Bilal Javed Month ago +1

    His performance for king kong was a masterpiece 😍💯👌

  • Raikazuchi
    Raikazuchi Month ago

    It's so crazy to see how close his actual movements are to Gollum's facial expressions. I know that's the point of motion capture, but it's still like looking at a human version of the warped little Hobbit.

  • theJukeboxHero40
    theJukeboxHero40 Month ago

    He looks like an old Ramsay Bolton, but nice.

  • Matthew Carle
    Matthew Carle Month ago

    He was so good in The Prestige

  • Ray Myers
    Ray Myers Month ago

    Star Wars. The MCU. Lord of the Rings. Quite a few have been in two of these dynasties...only Serkis has been in all three.

  • Supremeghost2
    Supremeghost2 Month ago

    I like his description on Snoke, because it shows, how chaotic it semmed behind the scenes.
    No one had an idea on how Snoke should Sound like, what his background was, etc. so, lets say, we should kill him mid-movie and keep it at that.
    Loved Serkis' performance on him though, his voice was spot on.

  • Pedro Berlanga
    Pedro Berlanga Month ago

    Ole’s at the wheel

  • Jesse maness
    Jesse maness Month ago

    What was the movie called where he played a psycho cocaine dealer covered in Tattoos?

  • Olivia Morrow
    Olivia Morrow Month ago

    Has he ever narrated a nature doc? His voice is so unique I could listen to him for hours

  • stockyjohn
    stockyjohn Month ago

    I hope history is kind to him because he really is one of the most important actors of all time.

  • Bonerlord
    Bonerlord Month ago

    wheres flushed away

  • SandyTheMaster
    SandyTheMaster Month ago

    GOD those interviews are so interesting! Finally real information behind the scenes. I could listen him all day long.

  • Paige D
    Paige D Month ago

    ok but where was flushed away

  • ʕ ́•ᴥ•`ʔ
    ʕ ́•ᴥ•`ʔ Month ago +5

    i know hes minted rich now, but id still buy him a drink just for gifting us with so many iconic characters

  • Barraccuda
    Barraccuda Month ago

    One of the most important people in the film industry ever.

  • PresidentMe
    PresidentMe Month ago

    What an incredibly dedicated and industrious actor! He really takes every role seriously

  • Anu
    Anu Month ago

    We need Viggo Mortensen to name his iconic characters in every language he spoke

  • Minimojojoy
    Minimojojoy Month ago +1

    And, he’s wearing an ascot. This man could not be more amazing!

  • Harmless Prankster
    Harmless Prankster Month ago

    "Culturally important". Too funny.

  • Peter Petruzzi
    Peter Petruzzi Month ago

    I always thought his part in King Kong playing Lumpy was a small role for him. Little did I realize he was friggin KONG TOO?!!!

  • Atom Storm
    Atom Storm Month ago

    One of the, if not the greatest of all time. Incredible man and performer.

  • D Dog 2015
    D Dog 2015 Month ago

    So that's what Andy Serkis looks like

  • Majin Studio
    Majin Studio Month ago

    omg the golem and ulysses klaw are same guy mind blow lol

  • david rathore
    david rathore Month ago +1

    24 hour party people "I'm a genius, you lot are wankers, all never see me again, don't deserve to see me again"

  • orionsbelt73
    orionsbelt73 Month ago

    Just a brilliant actor, no doubt.

  • Joe McKim
    Joe McKim 2 months ago

    Motion capture acting was essentially invented during LOTR filming. The lasting impact of what they had to figure out how to do to make LOTR movies will long play a huge impact on Hollywood in general.

  • Amanda Asgard
    Amanda Asgard 2 months ago

    "Actors had to act against a tennis ball on a stick..."

  • Cifer Null
    Cifer Null 2 months ago

    A ridiculously talented actor and a great human bean. This man is a treasure.

  • George
    George 2 months ago

    i really liked him in the movie longford as well. I was creeped

  • Harleylover14
    Harleylover14 2 months ago

    This man fully embodies the craft of acting.

  • Xalandir
    Xalandir 2 months ago

    the amount of effort he puts into his acting is surreal. One of the few actors who goes out and lives/researches other things to get inspiration for his roles. He obviously takes his job very seriously. And that's amazing to me.

  • ArnoldsK
    ArnoldsK 2 months ago +1

    It's kind of amazing how he is now like a pro of performance capture.

  • UGH ugh
    UGH ugh 2 months ago

    If i didn't see his obnoxious behavior in the lord of the rings behind the scenes. I might actually think he was a decent person.

  • Axelovskji
    Axelovskji 2 months ago

    I can't stop seeing Smeagol lul

  • Gunman610
    Gunman610 2 months ago +1

    No Enslaved: Journey to the West?

  • Gunman610
    Gunman610 2 months ago

    I always that he should've been the first actor nominated for playing an animated character, but he was staggeringly good in The Two Towers.

  • meg o’magic
    meg o’magic 2 months ago

    I met Andy a couple of weeks ago at a film event and can confirm that he is just as lovely in real life as he seems(:

  • Andrew Dumpling
    Andrew Dumpling 2 months ago

    I know this guy is so amazing he deserves it

  • Joshua Rugg
    Joshua Rugg 2 months ago

    Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the best of bringing CGI motion captured characters to life like none other on the big screen. A beast of an actor 2nd to none

  • LivingBiscuit
    LivingBiscuit 2 months ago

    To those who think he should get an Oscar: Do we really want the guy who took a nosedive into lava to get a ring to get a golden statue?

  • Big B
    Big B 2 months ago

    Lord Of The Rings. What a trilogy.

  • Christian Nelson
    Christian Nelson 2 months ago

    There was an anthology series on the BBC called "Accused". He played "Liam the cab driver" in one of the episodes. By far one of his best performances I've ever seen.

  • Fazzz Azzz
    Fazzz Azzz 2 months ago

    The bit where he talks about snoke Is yet another proof that the latest star wars movies are way too improvised story wise. Such a shame and a waste of talent and opportunity to create another great saga.

  • #temapais
    #temapais 2 months ago

    Such a lovely voice..

  • Carter Kinoy
    Carter Kinoy 2 months ago

    Stupid hobbitses.

  • ImpatientTurtle
    ImpatientTurtle 2 months ago

    The oscars need to get with the times and recognise performance capture artists. Hes acting doubly as hard to portray characters that arent even human for gods sake. Ceasers character arc over three films is a masterpiece.

  • Collin W
    Collin W 2 months ago

    Andy Serkis has Steph Curry range of acting

  • ae b
    ae b 2 months ago

    I love Andy Serkis it was awesome seeing him in Black Panther

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    Earthrocker 42 2 months ago


  • Nika Walldorf
    Nika Walldorf 2 months ago

    he IS such a sweetheart..

  • Darrin Bell-Wolff
    Darrin Bell-Wolff 2 months ago

    Its insane how prolific he is within motion capture. I had no idea he played all these characters.

  • Euan JH
    Euan JH 2 months ago +1

    wait i thought peter cullen played kong?

  • Jordan Hicken
    Jordan Hicken 2 months ago +1

    14:18 Raw and wrrriggling?

  • Anissa Her
    Anissa Her 2 months ago

    This guy is so under rated. I loved him in the marvel movies. Mostly black panther.

  • Danishuia Adams
    Danishuia Adams 2 months ago

    Really like this guy. His performance as Caesar the Ape in POTA? PHENOMENAL. I love all three of those films. (DAWN was my favorite.) Such a great voice, too... I had to will myself to not fall asleep during this. Lol! Not because it was boring. I enjoyed it immensely. It's just his voice is very soothing. 😌😌😌

  • Sarah Parker
    Sarah Parker 2 months ago

    Love this guy. Such a great actor.

  • dcox5555
    dcox5555 2 months ago

    Brilliant actor! Absolute travesty he doesn’t have an Oscar

  • Leonardo Pedroza
    Leonardo Pedroza 2 months ago

    I was surprised once i realized he was on 13 going on 30

  • BusyBasaz
    BusyBasaz 2 months ago

    A true craftsman.

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    esa 2 months ago


  • Holly Huffstutler
    Holly Huffstutler 2 months ago

    Ok, feeling dumb for never thinking of Smeagol/Gollum as a story of addiction when it is so clearly that!

  • Front light
    Front light 2 months ago

    This guy is so underrated he is seriously talented

    • Front light
      Front light 2 months ago

      My new favourite celeb so down to earth

  • Brandon Pomerleau
    Brandon Pomerleau 2 months ago

    Two most underrated actor are Serkis and Keanu Reeves.

  • Brett Anthony
    Brett Anthony 3 months ago

    147 downvotes? WTF? Who downvotes this?

  • Trev Staufenbeil
    Trev Staufenbeil 3 months ago

    He also voiced the witch king.

    FIJN MAN 3 months ago

    Poor kids traumatised seeing dad getting eaten. CGI to the next level..

  • GunshipHero
    GunshipHero 3 months ago +3

    This makes me remember how good the Tintin movie is. I'd really like a sequel.
    Tintin is the best Indiana Jones movie since The Mummy(1999). Now that's a sentence I said.

  • Automotive Stories
    Automotive Stories 3 months ago

    i love this man. He's brilliant.

  • Nate Harris
    Nate Harris 3 months ago


  • LazärheaD
    LazärheaD 3 months ago

    He's a monster of a man.

  • Mariana Gonzalez
    Mariana Gonzalez 3 months ago

    Ugh, I love the movies he was innn

  • Davi DeAndrade
    Davi DeAndrade 3 months ago

    I had no idea that played King Kong 🦍 , that’s super impressive

  • Ontologically Steve
    Ontologically Steve 3 months ago +1

    I wish GQ was doing this series when Christopher Lee was alive. I would have loved his comments on a number of his films. What a loss that we'll never get that. 😑 Andy Serkis and Christopher Lee appeared together in John Landis' "Burke and Hare". Great movie.

    ECHO LEOPARD 3 months ago +2

    Titan fall ?

  • J Jonah Jameson
    J Jonah Jameson 3 months ago

    I never knew he played Snoke! What a waste of talent.

  • Killtubecameron
    Killtubecameron 3 months ago

    The ending of planet of the apes broke me 😭😭

  • Sid
    Sid 3 months ago

    Man, that's crazy, when he was talking about jungle book I was thinking 'Man it would be amazing if there was an animal farm movie', and right after that he talks about animal farm.

  • Joe Fletcher
    Joe Fletcher 3 months ago

    really GQ? auto white balance during an interview? 13:42

  • Jim The EDC Guy
    Jim The EDC Guy 3 months ago

    Wow... I had no idea they filmed all three of the movies at once! That's pretty sweet!
    Also, because of black panther, I thought Andy Serkis was south African lol. He did put on a good accent though!

  • Crown Clown
    Crown Clown 3 months ago +2

    The man of 1000 faces himself.

  • Douch Mush
    Douch Mush 3 months ago

    Did he looked like a
    as a child?

  • mcasuse
    mcasuse 3 months ago

    Sounded like he said David Berry.... lol