Andy Serkis’ marathon reading of ‘The Hobbit’
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Andy Serkis’ marathon reading of ‘The Hobbit’

Andy Serkis is reading J.R. R. Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit” in an online charity performance.

The British actor, who starred as Gollum/Smeagol in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” expects to read for 10-12 hours non-stop with no breaks.


Money raised from the 56-year-old’s reading will be split between NHS Charities Together, a collection of non-profits helping Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), and children’s charity Best Beginnings.

Announcing the performance in a post on the GoFundMe website, Andy wrote: “Hi everyone, Andy Serkis here. I want to invite you to come with me on an Adventure… So many of us are struggling in isolation during the lockdown.

“While times are tough, I want to take you on one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written, a 12 hour armchair marathon across Middle Earth whilst raising money for two amazing charities which are doing extraordinary work right now to help those most in need in the UK: Best Beginnings and NHS Charities Together.”

Andy’s reading will take place from 10 am BST on Friday. A link to the livestream will be posted on a GoFundMe page on the morning of the event.

He also promised fans a “special surprise” if they hit his $123,600 (£100,000) fundraising target.

– Cover Media


Andy Serkis poses with his Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award backstage at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)


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