What better why to tackle the stiff and complex world of politics than with the power of pop culture wit, inspired by one of the greatest film trilogies ever made: Lord of the Rings.
Andy Serkis, who channeled ‘Gollum’ for the film adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic, has revived the character, but with a brilliant twist.
In mockery of the controversial Brexit negotiations, Serkis has portrayed ‘Gollum’ as British prime minister Theresa May in his video titled, ‘LEAKED: Footage From Inside No. 10 Downing Street!’
Here, the ‘Gollum’-May crossover wrestles with the eager yearning to pass “My Brexit.”
“Oh precious, our agreement, this is it, our deal, yes, yes. We takes back control, money, borders, laws, blue passportses,” says ‘Gollum’-May, before countering with, “No, it hurts the people, makes them poorer,” responds the ‘Sméagol’ version of her character.
Serkis depicts the conflict between political desire and what’s best for the people, making his stance clear in the video’s conclusion with the words, “The people’s vote we wants it” that pushes for a second referendum to call off Britain’s departure from the EU.
The actor has even started an entire YouTube channel under ‘WE WANTS IT’, seeing as how this whole situation might roll on for some time.
The skit’s upload has inspired comical responses on YouTube. User ‘Ami Yamato’ commented, “This is really good CGI. It looks just like her,” while ‘uamee’ suggested, ‘They should send Andy into the parliament tomorrow. I don’t think anyone would notice.”
The golden entry, however, belongs to YouTube user ‘godzillavkk’, who decided to play along with the whole LotR theme:
“The plan came to the Minister Thressa May, who took it deep into the rooms of the House of Commons. And there… it consumed her. The plan brought to May, unnatural views of politics.”
“For a long time it poisoned her mind, and in the gloom of May’s room… it waited. Darkness crept back into the forest of the world. Rumor grew, of an orange in the west, whispers of a silent extinction that must be stopped, and the Brexit plan perceived.
“It’s time, had now come.”
“It abandoned May. But something happened, the plan did not intend. It was picked up, by the most unlikely person imaginable. An actor. Andy Serkis, of films. For the time will soon come, when actors, will shape the fortunes of all.”
[via Slate, video via WE WANTS IT, main image via video screenshot]