Everyone Needs to Watch Andy Serkis Read Donald Trump’s Tweets as Gollum

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Andy Serkis is an incredible performer who’s brought some excellent characters to life both directly on the screen and in motion-capture performances we’ll probably never forget, like Lord of the Rings‘ Gollum. You probably also remember that Gollum had a rather specific way of talking, and on The Late Show, Serkis put that to use on someone else who has a fairly recognizable voice, whether aloud or in text: Donald Trump.

This is hardly the first time anyone’s taken Trump’s Tweets/official statements and put them in a fictional villain’s mouth, with Mark Hamill lending his iconic Joker voice (several times) and President Super Villain adding the words to comic panels with the Red Skull. But Trump has a habit of contradicting everyone from his own staff to himself every time he opens his mouth, since he says whatever he thinks his current audience wants to hear, pulling a duplicitous good cop/bad cop act where both of them are the same person.

That’s pretty perfect for Gollum, and Serkis does not disappoint in reprising his role for noted Tolkien geek Stephen Colbert. Serkis stopped by to talk about War for the Planet of the Apes, wherein he plays the ape Caesar, but if you’re mostly here for some Gollum, that starts at about the 3:55 mark in the video above.

(image: CBS)

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