Actor Andy Serkis, best known for playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings franchise, held a live on YouTube this Friday (08) for reading the book The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The work was monitored in full for 12 hours and aimed to raise donations to charities to combat the effects of the pandemic, in this case Best Beginnings and NHS Charities Together.
The marathon that will be available on the Best Beginnings channel and, therefore, will present the saga in a more creative and attractive way for fans. They will be able to check some elements present in the book, such as: the Mirkwood labyrinth, the encounter with goblins in the Misty Mountains and the clash with the dragon Smaug, in the context of the Battle of the Five Armies.
Donations can be made through the GoFundMe website and aims to raise £ 250,000 for organizations. The campaign has now surpassed the £ 245,000 mark. Serkis’ initiative is in line with the current trend of bringing relevant content to the public in order to help communities most impacted by the coronavirus.
His role as Gollum brought great visibility to the actor, in particular by improving movement capture techniques to create more realistic digital characters. This made it a reference in the segment, which led to other interpretations, for example, Cesar in the Planeta dos Macacos trilogy. In addition, Serkis was able to act in live action versions, as well as second unit director in the adaptation of The Hobbit for theaters.