Gollum finds it kind of funny; finds it kind of sad
The movie adaptations of The Lord Of The Rings book are one of those franchises that probably more people have seen than read the source material – at least of people alive today, and certainly in people of a certain age. Compulsory reading material nonetheless, but despite the movies’ length, it takes a lot more investment to complete the books.
Andy Serkis’ portrayal of Gollum/Sméagol was iconic – so much so that he has been brought back for the part a decade later for The Hobbit films – but he’s not the only one capable of playing the role…or at least doing the voice.
YouTube user Ijameswalters has uploaded a couple of videos in the past month on the Gollum theme, but of the pair, this is the most impressive/depressingly heartwarming(?!): Sméagol singing Tears For Fears‘ “Mad World“, very much in the idiom of Gary Jules 2001 cover that was used in Donnie Darko – with the lyrics changed for context.
It’s a smart little video, and the keyboard player in the background really rounds it off. See below also a cover of “I Dreamed A Dream” – topical given the current cinema adaptation of the classic stage show Les Misérables.