Wednesday 20 February 2019

Watch: Andy Serkis’ Theresa May Gollum sings Brexit Bohemian Rhapsody

Serkis’ portrayal of the PM first appeared in a video in December.

(David Parry/PA)
(David Parry/PA)

By Alistair Mason, Press Association

Lord Of The Rings actor Andy Serkis has reprised his Theresa May Gollum character in a bizarre video that shows the Prime Minister singing a Brexit-themed version of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Serkis debuted the hybrid creation before Christmas in a video showing him dressed as the PM but talking like Gollum as she spoke about the Brexit deal.

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Now, the morning after that deal was firmly rejected by MPs in a Commons vote, Gollum is back, again dressed as the PM – but this time singing a parody of the Queen classic.

The Gollum May character sings: “David, I just switched to leave, undermined all that I said, the people’s will put that to bed. David! I was sure we’d won, but now that’s changed I’m Brexit all the way.”

Serkis memorably played the cringing creature Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit films, a watershed motion capture performance that earned huge critical acclaim.

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The latest video depicts May as an embattled leader who doesn’t know “who’s friends or foe”, referencing the likes of Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The song concludes with the May Gollum character singing: “No one really matters to me.”

The video, which was not produced by the company that put together December’s film, appears to have been put together using clips from the original, along with images from footage of Brexit news stories.

December’s video, which was shared by the likes of Gary Lineker and Stephen Fry, concluded with a call for a second Brexit referendum.

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