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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Feeling Really Stupid...

Have you ever read something, but it seemed to go right out of your head, like you never even read it? Or swore that you saw something but it just didn't register anywhere, even near your brain? GAWD, I hate when this happens to me... and it appears it happened many times recently for me NOT to have known what I finally found out today.

As you know I will be going to California soon.. to visit some girlfriends and to do a LOTR convention... and that one of the guests will be Andy Serkis, who played Gollum, both in voice and "actions" for the digital making of the character. All of this I have known for some time.. and so I made sure I have the LOTR picture books to bring to have him sign them.

I have also known from the start, that Andy had a small part in Peter Jackson's movie of King Kong, playing Lumpy the cook on the ship.

(the master director himself!)

This morning, on HBO, I watched Peter Jackson's King Kong for the... ummm 4th time. Though it's been on many times, I don't actually see every minute of it, but I do see most of it.

Today however, was a little different... I was still actually in my room when the movie ended and got to see the credits.... sigh. *hitting myself in the head over and over... feeling like I shoulda hada V-8~! grrrrrrr...

After oh so many visits to IMDb and oh so many visits reading up on Andy Serkis so I don't seem dumb when I actually get to talk to him while he autographs my books.. I never REALLY read it... or... it never REALLY registered with me... I'm not sure which way it works..but either way, I managed to MISS the VERY BIG FACT, that Andy also did the movements for Kong the way he did them for Gollum!.. *hitting forehead on the desk*.. *bang*bang*bang* dumb*dumb*dumb!!!

So, I almost made a really big booboo in not recognizing his amazing talents as once again playing a character "where you don't actually see all the hard work he does"...

Sooooooo, I had to hurry and look to see if there was a book like the LOTR books about the making of King Kong.. and I found one. (a bit disappointed that it's not in hard back, but I know they aren't always, and many, like this one, are ONLY paperback).. I ordered it.

In it I hope to heck there are photo's of Andy doing his "Kong thing" so that I might have him sign it on such a photo.

On the web, I did find the photo below where you can see him and the digitized Kong both at the same time....

Along with an excellent article describing Andy's work as King Kong.

Here's an excerpt from an interview....

Unlike Gollum, most of Kong’s facial expressions actually came from motion capture on your face…
I had 132 markers attached to my face and it literally drives the facial muscles of the gorilla. This is the point where it helps that I've lived through those scenes with Naomi. I'm acting off of her close-ups in actual fact. A lot of the way gorillas work and the way Kong works is through the gaze and reading what they're feeling through their eyes.

..And so I sit here feeling really stupid!! How the heck did I not see or hear of this until now???? I'm sure it was this brain of mine having "senior moments" any time I got around anything to do with the movie... sheesh.

With much luck it will only take a week for the book to reach me... it will be packed along with the other 3 books to bring to the convention for signing... I guess I am glad I found out before I didn't have enough time to order the book... although chances are that at least one of the dealers at the con will probably have it there..but I can't take that chance that maybe they won't.

I know I'm not the "brightest bulb in the pack", but sheesh, I really don't know how I missed this fact! He sure is one hard working man. He's proven that by having double the work of any other actor in both LOTR and KING KONG. I will appreciate this fact all the more when I finally get to see him in California.


Blogger Lee said...

No huge drama, have heard of it now...and that is the main thing. :) By the time your trip comes around, you will be an expert on all things pertaining to Andy Serkis....stop being so hard on yourself, girlie! :)

8:34 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

I'D LIKE to get all suited up and make faces and movements for a movie.

They should make a new super monster for me, though. I don't wanna be a remake.

2:39 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Lee: I'm not an expert on movies, especially names!..but I would have hated to hear it in the audience that he did that once again and not have known it... you only get to say a few words to the guests, I just didn't want to sound like I didn't know what the heck he's done lol

Pamela: for gollum he wore a fitted body suite so they could put all the connections to the computer on him.. for Kong it was much the same but they did put a false "big stomach" on him because it effects the movements.. I don't know that I'd want to be all wired up and bent over all the time like he did.. I'd probably never be able to get up lol

7:43 AM  
Blogger Stewart Sternberg said...

Serkis is an amazing physical actor. I would love to see him stretch at this point in his career and be something more than a plaything for Peter Jackson. That being said though, there are two actors who come to mind whose physical work made them who they were in the annals of cinema.

Boris Karloff, without dialogue, defined the tortured creature who had been sewn together from discarded body parts and then brought to life by electrical current.

Lon Chaney, Sr. put himself through all manner of torture to shape himself into something remarkable. Whether it was the pathetic Quasimodo, or the despised Erik, Chaney's body language, in the era of silent film, screamed at the audience with a damning urgency.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was watching Discovery TV's "Man vs. Wild" yesterday and survival specialist, Bear Grills, caught a small trout while "lost" on a mountain.

He knocked it out by hitting it on a rock and then bit into the back of it. While Alexis and Trevor said "Ewwwwwww".....I started choking "Gollum! Gollum!". At the time I couldn't think of that little song he sang in The Two Towers when Boramir's brother's troops drew aim on him.

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1:28 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Well now... No NEED to be bonkin' your head around like that! The whole POINT here being that you DID find out IN TIME! No harm has been done -- and Andy will NEVER have to KNOW that his talents were UNrecognized for soooooo long! You will be able to happily chat him up all about BOTH roles -- and both pictures! YAY YOU!!!

6:09 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Stewart: I agree with you about Boris Karloff and Chaney.. but at least they were in front of the camera as the "main character".. Serkis was not.. however Jackson gave him a part in Kong also.. I think he's helped Serkis get his name out there and now maybe he'll get more acting to do.. I hope so anyway..he also has a good thing going for voice overs since he does voices.. I think he's going to do well.

Chris: why doesn't it surprise me that the song Gollum sang while eating a live fish came to your mind?!!.. heh!

Melli: I AM glad I found out before I get to meet him... but it's not like me not to know something like that for so long!! My one celled brain is turning to mush!

7:48 PM  
Blogger DellaB said...

I think you are beating yourself up a bit too much, you have some fascinating and wonderful facts, at your fingertips it seems... I love all your stories, brings these people to life ... thanks...

7:35 AM  

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