Re: ANDY SERKIS TALKS GOLLUM
- --- In mythsoc@y..., "dianejoy@e..." <dianejoy@e...> wrote:
> --- In mythsoc@y..., Joan Marie Verba <verba001@t...> wrote:Serkis
> > Regarding his intepretation of the part, Serkis says that he is
> > Gollum as a "ring junkie, complete with withdrawal symptoms."
> > adds,it
> > "When you are playing such an extreme character, you have to root
> inaddict as a frame on which to hang his characterization of Gollum.
> > something the audience can identify with."
> So he thinks Tolkien fans (or family movie goers, or both) are
> No, I don't think that's what he's saying. He is using the drug
Part of acting involves finding a situation with which you can relate
to portray a character; Serkis may be having some difficulty relating
to a being who has lived underground for years, hates sunlight, and
calls his ring "Precious." But the mind-set of Gollum *does* have
some characteristics of a drug addict. He's always checking to see if
it's around, and he feels better knowing it's close. I imagine
there's even some physical pain involved in separation from the ring,
and would be worse, once he learns that Bilbo has it. He's gone that
far. I don't think Serkin's analogy (and that's all it is) is that
extreme. Not for Gollum. ---djb.
Thanks to you and the others who took the time to remind me of the the
use of archtyping in stories!