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Andy Serkis happy with anonymity

Andy Serkis is glad he has a "season ticket" to normality.

The actor has largely portrayed characters via Performance Capture technology, including Gollum in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings franchises and primate Caesar in the Planet of the Apes films.

It means his own face doesn't make it onto the promo pictures - but Andy has no complaints.

"Quite the opposite," he shrugged to German newspaper Bild when asked if he feels upset about the lack of fame.

"It's a season ticket for a normal life. I don't see myself on posters. My wife and children will always recognise me. So I lead a normal life. I don't get recognised on the street and I can go to the cinema without being spotted."

The 50-year-old married Lorraine Ashbourne in 2002 and they have kids Ruby, Sonny and Louis together.

In 2015 the actor will appear in Star Wars Episode VII but he won't divulge whether fans will be seeing his actual face on screen this time.

"I could tell you, but afterwards I'd have to take you down with a light sabre," he joked. "Oh, I hope I haven't given away too much by saying that. Just this: I prefer light sabres to blasters."

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the second in the franchise and has received rave reviews. Andy recently admitted he has more in common with Caesar than he first thought.

"Just likes us, every ape is an individual, no single ape is like another. They have good and bad days, are very emotional and can also be aggressive," he shared.

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