Andy Serkis is a physically nimble English actor. He’s best known for his CGI-assisted roles in The Lords of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit as Gollum. Recently, the actor informed that he would do some quarantine reading of the entirely “The Hobbit” novel in a livestream last Friday. His fans called it the “Hobbitathon”. The reading lasted around 12 hours, and all of the money Andy made from it was donated to the NHS Charities Together and the Best Beginnings Funds. 

As announced on his Gofundme page, Serkis conducted the nonstop reading of J. R. R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy novel, based on which some of his movies were produced. According to his copy, he read 300 pages of Bilbo Baggins’ adventure from his home at the Shire, to the mountain lair of Smaug, the fearsome dragon. Every line and detail is lively depicted by the actor himself. 

"Together we'll face the might of the trolls, journey to the magical Rivendell, encounter the giant spiders in the labyrinths of Mirkwood, and the evil goblins living among the roots of the Misty Mountains, until we meet the dragon Smaug, and see the Battle of the Five Armies," Serkis wrote on the Gofundme page.

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The actor read for 12 hours straight

Serkis is publicly known for his portrait as Gollum — an impish creature obsessed by the ownership of a powerful ring. The actor flawlessly played the role with the support of heavy CGI, based on his movements and voice. Andy Serkis performed the character so well that it  numerous fans of the trilogy to bemoan "precious."

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Andy Serkis's best known for his role as Gollum

This time, Serkis didn’t have the digital effects, but the likeness of his role is still visible. The reading livestream raised over $2,98,000 - all of which will be donated to help combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

In addition to The Hobbit and The Lords of The Rings trilogy, Serkis has played in Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, in Black Panther as Ulysses Klaue, and the most recent in the Planet of the Apes series. 

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Andy Serkis played Snoke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Marvel fans may know Serkis for his portrait of Ulysses Klaue (Klaw) in Back Panther
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Andy Serkis as Ceasar the Ape