Dominic Monaghan revealed the odd way he met Andy Serkis before they starred together in the the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
During his most recent episode of his podcast and that of Billy Boyd The onion of friendship, which was released on Tuesday, the actor detailed his first meeting with guest Stephen Colbert and his co-host.
Monaghan portrayed Hobbit Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) in fantasy films, while Serkis took on the dual roles of Gollum and Sméagol.
They worked on the trilogy, consisting of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The king’s return, from October 1999 to December 2000, but it was years before they first met.
the Lost The star revealed that as a teenager he used to visit theaters to try and get advice from working actors because he was unsure of his career path.
He explained: “When I was 16 I was studying theater at university and in English Lit[erature], I went to Manchester and hung out in theaters hoping to meet some working actors to ask their opinion on how I could become an actor and all that.
“I was in front of the Palace Theater in Manchester and an actor came out that I recognized on TV in England and I said ‘Oh can I ask you a question?’ and he said ‘of course’, and I said, ‘I’m an actor studying acting and I don’t know what to do next.’
“He said” oh that’s great, you study theater, do as many plays as you can and try to get involved in regional theater and then maybe you can get into acting school, and that is how it worked for me, good luck to you, ‘and all that stuff.
“[He] signed an autograph and walked away. It was Andy Serkis, and I only found out about him a year after filming. “
Monaghan was 22 when he started shooting for films in New Zealand, so it had been six years since their brief meeting, but the actor admitted it had a lasting impression on him.
Reflecting on how he realized he had met Serkis before, Monaghan added, “I remember telling Andy he was in the makeup trailer with the hobbits, and I said “Andy, I can’t resolve the feeling that we’ve met before, maybe it’s because you’re an actor on TV?
“And all of a sudden I was like ‘wait, did you do a play at the Palace Theater?’ and we assemble it.
“So he really put me on the path to being a professional actor, and years later we’re in the trilogy together, crazy stuff!”
Although Monaghan and Serkis both starred in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s books of the same name, their characters never shared a scene together.
Serkis worked primarily with Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins, and Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee.
The actor only appeared briefly in the same scene as Monaghan in The Fellowship of the Ring, when Gollum follows the Fellowship into the mines of Moria.
The onion of friendship is posted weekly by Monaghan and Boyd on the Spotify and Apple podcasts, and videos of their discussions are shared on a dedicated YouTube channel.