Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
came out to talk to the crowd about his role in THE PLANET OF THE APES
film directed by Tim Burton (he played the character of Krull, the big
older ape that went to heads versus Michael Clarke Duncan’s Attar ape
near the end). He was a very comfortable speaker in front of the crowd
and his face could easily be recognized from films like PEARL HARBOR and
MORTAL KOMBAT. He was funny and gracious with the crowd. He was even
nice enough to show us the “ape walk” that he learned for his role
in THE PLANET OF THE APES. Here’s some of the information that he
First of all, Cary denied rumors that the film was
still being reworked, as it was to be screened and junketed in New York
last week (July 23-July 27). He said that he had seen it and that it
looked great (well, we weren’t expecting him to say anything less, now
He also debunked the rumor about the purported 5
different endings that Tim Burton had shot. He said that there was only
one ending shot for the film but that it was a pretty cool one,
His own experience on the film was a good one,
although he had to go through a 4-hour make-up job every day and then
stay in that stuff for the next 14-18 hours. There was even one day
where they actually worked for 22 hours straight. In the end though, he
said that it was all “well, well worth it”.
His experience with director Tim Burton was great. He
said that Tim was one of the most “delightful” directors that he’d
ever worked with and that he had a lot of imagination (yup!). He also
said that much like himself, Burton never seems to have moved the past
the age of 10 in terms of keeping a youthful outlook on life.
The film on the whole apparently took 5 months to
shoot, while most of the “ape” actors had to go for ape training
courses for 2 months.
Asked about Charlton Heston’s part, Cary said that
he does have a cameo in the movie and that he basically plays Tim
Roth’s ailing ape father.
regards to the final product, Cary said that Tim Burton’s films are
usually much “darker” than this one, but that story-wise, he
believed that most would not be disappointed with this film. He did say
that there was far less philosophical stuff in this one though.
JoBlo's review of PLANET OF THE APES here
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