Serkis provides the voice and movement for animated creature Gollum, whom he has given a distinctive rasping sound - but for non-English speaking audiences another actor has provided the vocals.
Serkis laments, "For the first six months of next year I'll be doing junkets solidly. It can get a bit soul-sapping.
"Worst of all are Italy and Spain, where most people watch a dubbed version of the film. Not only does nobody recognise me, but over there the dubbed Gollum doesn't even hiss - it's just a guy with a regular voice.
"So when I do the voice for their benefit, they just stare at me blankly like I'm absolutely mad."07/09/2003 10:51