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James Franco talks chimps for Rise of the Apes

10.27.2010

I understand James Franco has the compulsive need to be doing a million things at once, but I think we were all surprised when he picked RISE OF THE APES as one of his upcoming projects. A PLANET OF THE APES sequel (or prequel) seems as good as an idea as the other fairly awful APES movies, and we know how Tim Burton's recent remake turned out.

Here's the plot synopsis of this new one, which is in effect the tale of the genesis of talking apes.

"Caesar" is an origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.'

You know, I always just figured we nuked the earth and then evolution started moving in reverse or something, but hey, genetic engeineering works as well.

Franco recently spoke to ScreenJunkies about his role in the film, why he picked it and what it was like working with a mo-cap Andy Serkis as a CGI chimp.

“When I got to do the scenes with Andy Serkis, it was actually really interesting because he plays a chimpanzee, a real chimpanzee. There’s no way we would ever get scenes that we did with a real chimpanzee. Because Andy’s so good at that behavior so it’s like acting opposite a real chimpanzee with great acting instincts. It was cool, it was new, new for me.”

Franco has done the action thing before in Spider-Man, Pineapple Express, The Great Raid and Flyboys. So Apes doesn’t require any badass heroics from him. “I play a nerdy scientist in that so I’m not an action hero at all. I saw 127 Hours as an opportunity to have an unusual acting experience and I honestly felt the same way about Rise of the Apes.”

I like Franco, but there's nothing about this project to convince me it's a remotely good idea. I guess with bottomed out expectations, there's nowhere to go but up?

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Extra Tidbit: Is a CGI ape better than a costumed ape? What ever happened to all the acting apes who played hockey and stuff?
Source: ScreenJunkies

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5:31AM on 10/28/2010
I'm always down for some ape shit!
I'm always down for some ape shit!
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2:37AM on 10/28/2010

I for one liked the remake with Wahlburg

I would rather see people in costumes than CGI, but I guess I will see when we get a trailer.
I would rather see people in costumes than CGI, but I guess I will see when we get a trailer.
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10:01PM on 10/27/2010
127 Hours. November 5th needs to hurry its ass up and get here.
127 Hours. November 5th needs to hurry its ass up and get here.
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9:28PM on 10/27/2010
so is this a sequel to the original franchise? a prequel to the original franchise? a sequel to tim burtons film? or a completely now film...?

honestly he original franchise is so amazing. Leave it alone. If they want to remake, go for it, just laves hestons apes alone.
so is this a sequel to the original franchise? a prequel to the original franchise? a sequel to tim burtons film? or a completely now film...?

honestly he original franchise is so amazing. Leave it alone. If they want to remake, go for it, just laves hestons apes alone.
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4:45PM on 10/27/2010

Caeser's Legion?

Is this a preface to the Rise of Caeser's Legion in the west?
Is this a preface to the Rise of Caeser's Legion in the west?
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5:16PM on 10/27/2010
It's a reference to Julius Caesar, not a reference to Fallout: New Vegas' reference to Julius Caesar. I hope you are 12, or are joking, because the third option...
It's a reference to Julius Caesar, not a reference to Fallout: New Vegas' reference to Julius Caesar. I hope you are 12, or are joking, because the third option...
5:53PM on 10/27/2010
Profligate...
Profligate...
5:16AM on 10/28/2010
dude i've been waiting for the fallout movie for a long time, i'm so glad they're finally making it and that its this movie,
dude i've been waiting for the fallout movie for a long time, i'm so glad they're finally making it and that its this movie,
4:02PM on 10/27/2010
That guy behind him. What's his problem???
That guy behind him. What's his problem???
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5:16PM on 10/27/2010
He had a stroke, asshole.
He had a stroke, asshole.
7:00PM on 10/27/2010
LOL
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2:55PM on 10/27/2010

mediocre

James Franco has no consistency. He's great in a comedic role but in just about anything else he's not that good, sometimes downright terrible.

His movie, The Ape. Probably one of the worst films I've ever seen.
James Franco has no consistency. He's great in a comedic role but in just about anything else he's not that good, sometimes downright terrible.

His movie, The Ape. Probably one of the worst films I've ever seen.
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1:37PM on 10/27/2010

Just to get this out of my chest...

Tim Roth was awesome in "Planet Of The Apes"!!!!!
Tim Roth was awesome in "Planet Of The Apes"!!!!!
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2:55PM on 10/27/2010
So true, he was a bad ass in that movie. One of my favorite roles he's been in.
So true, he was a bad ass in that movie. One of my favorite roles he's been in.
1:11PM on 10/27/2010
Franco is the only reason why I am in interested in this movie.
Franco is the only reason why I am in interested in this movie.
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2:56PM on 10/27/2010
I could care less about Franco it's all about the apes.
I could care less about Franco it's all about the apes.
4:00PM on 10/27/2010
I said the same thing about Tim Burton once . . .
I said the same thing about Tim Burton once . . .
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12:56PM on 10/27/2010
seems like writers, producers, whoever in hollywood are just grasping at straws these days. they are thinking of the most unnecessary, most lame ideas and seeing if they can make a movie out of it. in an attempt to get a few bucks.
seems like writers, producers, whoever in hollywood are just grasping at straws these days. they are thinking of the most unnecessary, most lame ideas and seeing if they can make a movie out of it. in an attempt to get a few bucks.
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12:53PM on 10/27/2010
He was probably excited to work with an ape again after this movie: [link]
He was probably excited to work with an ape again after this movie: [link]
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