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Gary Oldman says Dawn of the Planet of the Apes tells a very human story

02.11.2014

Gary Oldman is not shy from taking on big franchises these days. The actor can do everything from hero to villain in movies big or small, human or monster. But, in his two big films of 2014, Oldman is playing very human characters. This Friday he plays a scientist in the remake of ROBOCOP, but this summer he will be the leader of the human resistance in Matt Reeves' sequel, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

Picking up after the chaotic ending of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, DAWN shows humanity on the brink of extinction. What happens next may be all out war between human and ape-kind. Speaking with MTV, Oldman shared some intriguing details about his role in the movie.

Saying that his character was a police officer before the fall of humanity, he is elected the de facto leader of the survivors who stumble upon a community of apes. Despite believing the apes had been destroyed in the war between the first film and this one, Oldman and his tribe decide they must eliminate the apes themselves. Making DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES a war movie of sorts, this sounds like a deeper and darker story than we saw in the original. But, Oldman insists there is a human center to the tale.

"He wanted to make it more of a human story," said Oldman. "He wanted to explore what had happened, and keep it more focused on the human side of it, before the story becomes the PLANET OF THE APES as we know it from the original."

Matt Reeves is already locked in to direct the third film in the franchise, so one would assume that this movie will end on a note that will allow for the story to continue. Eventually, the films will need to reach the events of the original PLANET OF THE APES, where the humans are enslaved and the animals run the zoo. Will the third film take us in that direction? Will the time travel elements of the original franchise come into play? Whatever the case, I am very excited to see where this can go.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES stars Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, and Andy Serkis. It hits theaters on July 11, 2014.

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Source: MTV

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1:54PM on 02/12/2014
Watch carefully in RISE, the original Icaruas spaceship is taking off in a TV news report. There is your link to the original. Can't wait for that bridge to be made in the new PLANET movies.
Watch carefully in RISE, the original Icaruas spaceship is taking off in a TV news report. There is your link to the original. Can't wait for that bridge to be made in the new PLANET movies.
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12:00PM on 02/12/2014
Seeing how this connects to the original will be very interesting. Considering the divide between humans and apes happened at the end of RISE in the year 2012 and DAWN picks up years, maybe decades, after that. When did the ship launch? How could it launch if the world was being destroyed? Very interested to see how they connect the two franchises.
Seeing how this connects to the original will be very interesting. Considering the divide between humans and apes happened at the end of RISE in the year 2012 and DAWN picks up years, maybe decades, after that. When did the ship launch? How could it launch if the world was being destroyed? Very interested to see how they connect the two franchises.
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8:26AM on 02/12/2014
Loving what I'm seeing in this sequel so far... like the survival against one another is a threat, yet the impending one against the Apes is greater. Getting Gary Oldman was perfect casting for this since he has that fatherly and leader type figure about himself.
Loving what I'm seeing in this sequel so far... like the survival against one another is a threat, yet the impending one against the Apes is greater. Getting Gary Oldman was perfect casting for this since he has that fatherly and leader type figure about himself.
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5:21AM on 02/12/2014

Gary Oldman belong in movie jail

He is just picking a lot of really bad roles and phoning it in.
He is just picking a lot of really bad roles and phoning it in.
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9:02PM on 02/11/2014
The first one was a pleasant surprise. I think Reeves is really going to step up the ante with this one with its story and excellent cast of characters that this one has rounded up.
The first one was a pleasant surprise. I think Reeves is really going to step up the ante with this one with its story and excellent cast of characters that this one has rounded up.
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7:42PM on 02/11/2014
Totally dig the idea of Gary Oldman as a John Connor-style leader of the human resistance, but can't help but wish he was playing an ape.
Totally dig the idea of Gary Oldman as a John Connor-style leader of the human resistance, but can't help but wish he was playing an ape.
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6:47PM on 02/11/2014

Sure

But I hope Caesar is still the MAIN character though. That was (one reason) why "RISE" was so great. Somehow they managed to make a CGI (mostly) speechless monkey completely relatable, interesting, complex, sympathetic, and engaging... all whilst being told from his perspective/POV and with him in focus. That took a lot of balls, and made the movie that much more unique.

"Transformers" movies take note: FOUR fucking 2.5+ hour movies now, and you still overcrowd them with horrendous human
But I hope Caesar is still the MAIN character though. That was (one reason) why "RISE" was so great. Somehow they managed to make a CGI (mostly) speechless monkey completely relatable, interesting, complex, sympathetic, and engaging... all whilst being told from his perspective/POV and with him in focus. That took a lot of balls, and made the movie that much more unique.

"Transformers" movies take note: FOUR fucking 2.5+ hour movies now, and you still overcrowd them with horrendous human "characters", and delegate a couple of nameless, colorless, forgettable robots to 15 minutes of indecipherable shaky-cam nonsense.
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6:35PM on 02/11/2014

Of course he does

It sounds so thoughtful and deep to say that a movie about apes taking over the planet will be more of a human story. But seriously, RISE was kickass, and so is Oldman, so my butt is in the theater seats already for this one.

PS: I want to see Gary Oldman return to his crazy, insane villain characters. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
It sounds so thoughtful and deep to say that a movie about apes taking over the planet will be more of a human story. But seriously, RISE was kickass, and so is Oldman, so my butt is in the theater seats already for this one.

PS: I want to see Gary Oldman return to his crazy, insane villain characters. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
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7:15PM on 02/11/2014
He tends to turn them down now, because he felt he was getting type cast a lot into those roles, which is why he has mixed it up.
He tends to turn them down now, because he felt he was getting type cast a lot into those roles, which is why he has mixed it up.
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