Andy Serkis nearly said no to The Lord of the Rings

Actor Andy Serkis almost turned down the offer to portray Gollum in the popular The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy. The 53-year-old shot to fame through the Peter Jackson-directed franchise, based on JRR Tolkien’s books. “I certainly didn’t intend to (become a performance-capture expert). When I started doing LOTR, I liked the gamble,” Serkis told a website. “Originally I heard it was going to be like doing a voice for a digital character, and I wasn’t interested, but then I met Peter Jackson and he said, ‘We want an actor to play the role, be on set and make decisions for that character,’” he added.