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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will see the sun set on James Franco's character

Dec. 18, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Caeser and Will

General opinion seems to agree that James Franco was far and away the weakest link to RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, something Fox and director Matt Reeves seem to agree with as Franco has not been contacted by either party to reprise his role for the film's upcoming sequel DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

As per a recent interview that MTV conducted with Franco: "I was going to be a small part of the next one. There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like [former Fox co-chairman] Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left. Now Rupert's not a part of it so I don't know. My guess is I won't be in it. Nobody's talked to me since Rupert left."

There are many questions left to be answered regarding DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, one of them certainly being just how extensive the human involvement will be.  Andy Serkis and his fellow motion capture artists were most certainly the stars of the first film, and with the story having left off where it did it will be fascinating to see what direction Fox chooses to go with the next step of human-ape interaction.  But how do you feel about Franco being gone, if that is indeed the case? Were you a fan of the work he did, was it fine but you'd prefer fresh faces for the sequel, or was his work/presence irrelevent because it's all about the apes to you?

You can look for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES to arrive in theaters on May 23rd, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: I can't say I've ever watched a James Franco performance and been anything more than mildly interested. Maybe SPIDER-MAN and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, but that's it.
Source: MTV

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2:42PM on 01/03/2013

Seriously?

I'll start off by saying that I am all for gun ownership.

That being said, I believe that no one, outside of the military has a need for, nor should it be legal to own, assault weapons of any kind. The gun control laws of this nation, without question, need to be re-evaluated and certainly tightened.

Now on to the video:

At first glance, it seems to raise a good point. What gives these people the right to demand anything of the sort when nearly all of them have been on television or
I'll start off by saying that I am all for gun ownership.

That being said, I believe that no one, outside of the military has a need for, nor should it be legal to own, assault weapons of any kind. The gun control laws of this nation, without question, need to be re-evaluated and certainly tightened.

Now on to the video:

At first glance, it seems to raise a good point. What gives these people the right to demand anything of the sort when nearly all of them have been on television or in film brutally killing people?

My answer? The same right as I have. Why? Simple. They are actors. Not killers. They perform in films or on television for our entertainment. I would have a problem if the PSA contained known murderers offering the same request, but it does not. Instead, we have actors who we love to watch on television or pay to see in the theater for our own entertainment.

If you think these people really brandish such weapons, as shown in the clips, and go around murdering people then you are the one with the problem. If you have such a problem with them waving their weapons around town in the movies, then don't go to see them. Monitor the sort of programming that your children watch. If you allow them to watch this sort of film, make sure they are aware that it is only make believe. That this sort of behavior is not the socially acceptable thing to do. But don't call these actors hypocrites because they are paid to entertain us with violence yet, in the real world, think that the gun laws of our country are insane.
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3:46AM on 12/19/2012

Great news

Totally didn't buy him as a scientist.
Totally didn't buy him as a scientist.
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4:08PM on 12/18/2012
I'd like him to come back if for no reason to kill him off before the credits.
I'd like him to come back if for no reason to kill him off before the credits.
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1:15PM on 12/18/2012

i dunno how the sequel will work out...

RotPotA (what an acronym!) worked for two reasons:

1) at it's core, it was a prison break/prison gang movie.
2) it came out of nowhere with little to low expectations.

i wonder what direction the sequel will take.
RotPotA (what an acronym!) worked for two reasons:

1) at it's core, it was a prison break/prison gang movie.
2) it came out of nowhere with little to low expectations.

i wonder what direction the sequel will take.
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12:22PM on 12/18/2012
I personally like James Franco, but I do agree that he doesn't necessarily need to be in this. The real star was Andy Serkis as Caesar. If James is in it then that's cool though. I suppose one reason for him to be in it would be for the emotional tie that Caesar has with James character. I guess we will see.
I personally like James Franco, but I do agree that he doesn't necessarily need to be in this. The real star was Andy Serkis as Caesar. If James is in it then that's cool though. I suppose one reason for him to be in it would be for the emotional tie that Caesar has with James character. I guess we will see.
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10:26AM on 12/18/2012
NO big deal really & i agree that his character was the weakest part of the movie. It'snot so much about him not being a bad actor, but these Apes films are not about the human characters anyway.
NO big deal really & i agree that his character was the weakest part of the movie. It'snot so much about him not being a bad actor, but these Apes films are not about the human characters anyway.
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10:09AM on 12/18/2012
Considering how the 1st movie ended, SPOILER i guess, with the virus running rampant across the globe its easy to enough to explain his absence. I thought his story was over anyway, he got Caesar to the forest and they said their goodbyes. Not sure what else there would be for his character to do. I just want another good story, though I tend to think this one will be more action oriented as the apes will probably start their take over of the planet in this one.
Considering how the 1st movie ended, SPOILER i guess, with the virus running rampant across the globe its easy to enough to explain his absence. I thought his story was over anyway, he got Caesar to the forest and they said their goodbyes. Not sure what else there would be for his character to do. I just want another good story, though I tend to think this one will be more action oriented as the apes will probably start their take over of the planet in this one.
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9:56AM on 12/18/2012
Extra: 127 Hours/James Dean/Milk?
Extra: 127 Hours/James Dean/Milk?
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9:35AM on 12/18/2012
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Milk/127 Hours?
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Milk/127 Hours?
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8:59AM on 12/18/2012
I wish they had stuck with the original ending. It would have made more sense as a lead in to the next film and it was a better ending. Now he at least has to come back briefly in the beginning to finish his story.
I wish they had stuck with the original ending. It would have made more sense as a lead in to the next film and it was a better ending. Now he at least has to come back briefly in the beginning to finish his story.
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8:57AM on 12/18/2012
While I am not a big fan of the movie, I did feel that Franco was just as wooden as Walburg was in Burtons version. That said, if his character is meant to be killed off or something, I would prefer him back even for that quick cameo.
While I am not a big fan of the movie, I did feel that Franco was just as wooden as Walburg was in Burtons version. That said, if his character is meant to be killed off or something, I would prefer him back even for that quick cameo.
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