Andy Serkis Stole It


I was watching it the other night on HBO because I saw his name, so I figured what the hell. I admit that I don't usually get interested in these kind of 90-minute films but I really liked this one. The scene where Longford is talking to him in the prison then turns to walk away and Andy just snaps and says "I HAVE NOT DISMISSED YOU!" Or something like that..was just great. Andy is probably one of the greatest foreign actors, they really have to give him an on-screen perfomance instead of doing voices and everything else.


In the next Batman movie I heard that he was rumored to play The Joker. I think we would be great for that.

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I don't think Andy was any better than the others, they were all fantastic IMO. I just think his role was more outwardly shocking, therefore many see him as the best actor. Let's face it, anyone who was going to play a nutter like Ian Brady well would of been called the best actor in the show, simply because Brady is such a shocking character.

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Morton, Serkis and Broadbent all up for BAFTA's. Nuff said.

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I have to say I found Serkis's performance very irritating. Thereis just one reason for this: his 'Scottish' accent. There is a real tendency in non-Scottish actors these days to use a certain kind of fake Scottish accent, which is actually nothing like any nuance of real Scottish. And this is a classic example. He is playing an accent that he has heard other actors doing which he thinks is Scottish, but it's actually a gruesome, unnatural combination of various kinds of accent. Of course I don't know how Brady speaks in real life. But nor does Andy Serkis! - and no Scot speaks like that.

I'm not saying he is a bad actor. It is a very strong performance - his eyes, his intensity, his timing etc. All very impressive. But take it from a Scot: the accent ruins it.

Broadbent on the other hand is absolutely sensational.

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I thought the accent added to his menace but I suppose I'm not Scottish so I didn't notice his butchering of it or whatever.

His performance amazed me...and frankly disturbed me alot aswell. For example when he imitated the children saying 'Mummy and Daddy'. Creepy. I think Jim Broadbent deserved his Bafta though.

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Andy Serkis's performance was little short of brilliant.Each scene he was in has an unmistakeable sense of forboding created mostly by his tense and at times terrifying portrayal.
My only reservation regarding the programme,which incidently I found transfixing, was that why did they pick such a gorgeous actress as Samantha Morton to play Hindley.

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Tonyhu writes "Of course I don't know how Brady speaks in real life. But nor does Andy Serkis!" Serkis does know - he created controversy by arranging meetings with Brady who is still alive. How well he captured his likeness is not clear. His terrific performance reminded me of Robbie Coltrane in Cracker, but very disturbing. AC

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I was under the impression that Brady has had no visits in Ashworth hospital for a long time,before his hunger strike began in 1999. his main source of correspondence is through the written letter.

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his scottish accent in my opion was spot on apart from when we first see him and he says "lord longford" that was a bit out but the rest was spot on

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For what it's worth, Ian Brady came from the heart of the slums of old Glasgow and had that speech, whatever it really sounds like, as his native dialect; and after he "emigrated" to Manchester in his late teens (early 1950s), to live with his biological mother, I have read that if anything, he clung to and even stressed his "Glesga" speech to emphasize his Scottishness and inherent superiority to all Lancashire slobs. On the other hand, I gather he was also excellent at doing impressions of different types of speech, and could put on, for example, a "posh" English way of talking when he wanted. After forty years in English prisons and mental hospitals maybe his accent has been smoothed out...I guess I'll never know.

For Americans who see the flick on HBO or DVD, merely the fact that he sounds different from all the English characters ("Moira's nu boyfree-end") is "good enough," even if it to a bra' Scots lad it's just not the real thing. :-)

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For what it's worth, I don't say Andy Serkis is a bad actor. I recently watched the brilliant film, 'Topsy Turvy' and his performance in that - though brief - is extraordinary, and couldn't be more different from the way he plays Brady. But even a good actor can get things wrong sometimes. And for me the Brady accent in 'Longford' is just wrong.

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Broadbent was excellent - he could say so much with just a look and there was alot going on behind his eyes.

I was disappointed by Morton who I normally love because she's so intense. I think she has the capacity to play evil but something was missing here.

Yes, Andy Serkis stole it completely. I wanted to see more of him. He was freakin amazing. And I thought he rocked the Scottish accent but that just may be coz it's my fave.



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I don't think the point of Longford was to show Hindley as evil. She was simply being depicted as Longford saw her.

And yes Andy Serkis was fantastic. Genuinely chilling.

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Really, I thought his scottish accent was pretty good






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Andy Serkis did indeed provide a chilling & wonderful performance, but unfortunately it wasn't very true to life. I'm fully aware they change personalities and events for dramatic purposes but I felt Longford didn't need it. An example is the meeting between Fred Harrison and Brady - in Longford they meet in a visiting room where Brady is cocky, walking around smoking cigarettes and informing Harrison it was his 'lucky day'. If you read Harrison's book the meeting took place in Brady's cell, and at the time Brady was a paranoid mess in the depths of depression & despair and was a broken man, hoping to use the revelation of the two other bodies as a bargaining tool to get him moved to a mental facility. Still, I fully agree that Serkis was phenomenal in this, as were all the cast, without exception.

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His scenes were the best in the film, and their first meeting one of the most intense I've seen. Great role for him.


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