Andy Serkis on why the world needs a new `Christmas Carol’

Wearing a tall black hat, a heavy mottled fur coat covered in trinkets, a long beard and plenty of hair,…

Wearing a tall black hat, a heavy mottled fur coat covered in trinkets, a long beard and plenty of hair, Andy Serkis received a round of applause from the crew of “A Christmas Carol’’ after thanking them for their hard work on the set.

An hour later, he emerged clean shaven and delighted to be “derigged” from his garb as the Spirit of Christmas Past — a pagan-inspired look he describes as “total sensory deprivation.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever worn such an uncomfortable costume,’’ said Serkis. “The costume’s really heavy. I’ve got an eye which is kind of a milky eye which I have no peripheral vision out of the right-hand side of my face. I’ve got long fingernails.”

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