ANDY SERKIS FEELS BLESSED
FANGORIA met up with British character actor Andy (THE LORD OF THE RINGS' Gollum) Serkis, who told us about the first horror film he's taken on since the WWII spooker DEATHWATCH?the supernatural chiller BLESSED. '[It's] an updated version of ROSEMARY'S BABY,' Serkis tells Fango. 'We're shooting in Romania at the moment?I just came from there. I went from Romania to New Zealand to here and I'm going back to Romania after the [RETURN OF THE KING] junket.'
Directing the film is Simon Fellows, a newcomer to the horror world. 'It's his first feature, but he's directed a number of shorts,' Serkis says. 'He's a very talented young British director. Heather Graham is playing the Mia Farrow part and an actor called James [RESIDENT EVIL] Purefoy has the John Cassavetes part. I play this priest. It's set in an intravenous clinic and the community around it. Without giving too much away, you're not quite sure if my character's a religious freak?whether he just wants to murder pregnant women or whether he's onto something and is spiritually guided to do the right thing.'
And just how close is this film to ROSEMARY'S BABY? Serkis replies, 'There's many similarities, but it's much less Satanistic, I suppose. It's more to do with modern-day medicine. It's good and it's a really cool script.'
Courtesy of Fangoria