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Andy Serkis on returning to Gollum for The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has finally landed in cinemas (as well as adorning the cover of Total Film magazine issue 201 - available for just £1.99 on your iPad ).

Inside, you can read all about our trip to Peter Jackson’s New Zealand set in our in-depth report, but here’s a sneak peek at want Andy Serkis had to say about returning to the mo-cap character with whom he made his name, Gollum.

“It was very strange hearing his voice again and finding my way back into the character,” he told us.

“At first I felt like I was doing a weird sort of impersonation of someone I once played. It took me a couple of days to really dig deep, really connect with him beyond a superficial level. I’ve never been through that before.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
is in cinemas now.

For much more from Serkis, Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , grab yourself a copy of Total Film magazine issue 201 - out now! You can save 50% on the cover price if you subscribe with our Winter 2012 offer .

And don’t forget, the issue is available as our incredible interactive iPad edition for just £1.99 .

The Total Film team are made up of the finest minds in all of film journalism. They are: Editor Jane Crowther, Deputy Editor Matt Maytum, Reviews Ed Matthew Leyland, New Editor Jordan Farley, and Online Editor Jack Shepherd. Expect exclusive news, reviews, features, and more from the team behind the smarter movie magazine.