What happens when a serious Lord of the Rings fan has an actual star from the epic trilogy on his late-night talk show? This.
On Tuesday’s Late Show, J.R.R. Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert welcomed British actor Andy Serkis on to discuss his latest movie War for the Planet of the Apes. But the comedian couldn’t resist asking Serkis, best known for his motion capture performance as Gollum in Peter Jackson’s films, to read U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets as the character.
Serkis hopped onto his chair and crouched into a Gollum-like position, and it was as though Gollum had been plucked back out of the fires of Mount Doom.
“The fake news media has never been so wrong or so dirty,” Serkis said in Gollum’s high-pitched rasp to laughter from the audience. “Purposely incorrect stories and phony sources to meet their agenda of hate. Sad.”
Colbert then prompted Serkis to read out Trump’s famous “covfefe” tweet.
“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” Serkis said as Gollum, before stumbling on the word.
Apparently, covfefe is too confusing even for a character with a split personality. “What is covfefe, precious?” Serkis-as-Gollum asked Colbert. “No one knows!” he responded.
Colbert praised the actor’s take on the tweets, saying: “They actually sound better that way.”
Serkis artfully played Gollum in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy between 2001 and 2003. He reprised the role in the director’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey prequel film in 2012.
The actor also gives a brilliant motion capture performance as Caesar, the primate protagonist in the Planet of the Apes reboot series; the final film in that series is released Friday. Serkis is also in the new Star Wars films as villainous Supreme Leader Snoke.