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The PLANET OF THE APES panel
by JoBlo


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 passed along:

·        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 were we?)

·        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, nonetheless.

·        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.

In 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.

Read JoBlo's review of PLANET OF THE APES here

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SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2001


Another year, another San Diego Comic Con for the Arrow and I. Okay, so this year's event wasn't as exciting or interesting to us as the one presented last year (see our entire coverage of that event here), but I guess we did still have quite a few things to check out, as presented below:

The Spider-Man/ Sam Raimi panel:
Sam discusses the "Spider-Man" movie that he is currently directing, answers some questions and gives us all a sneak 5-minute preview scene from the movie in question...

The Kevin Smith panel:
Kevin discusses everything in his View Askew universe, talks about his upcoming movie "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back", his future and even shows us some behind-the-scenes outtakes and more...

The John Carpenter panel:
Legendary director John Carpenter comes to the Con to discuss his latest horror flick "Ghost of Mars", answers some questions and gets dissed in the process...

The Planet of the Apes Q&A with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa:
Cary discusses Tim Burton's project and answers questions...

The Joss Whedon panel:
The man behind "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" discusses everything and the kitchen sink in here...

Glen Morgan/James Wong present "The One":
The men behind last year's surprise hit "Final Destination" discuss their upcoming sci-fi/thriller starring Jet Li and more...

The Mick Garris panel:
Director Mick Garris discusses all of his films including his TV version of "The Shining", "The Stand" and his upcoming Stephen King movie "The Talisman"...

Interview with David Naughton:
You might not remember the name, but you will definitely remember his part as the guy who turned into the werewolf in John Landis' classic film "American Werewolf in London". The Arrow interviews him here...

Misc. stuff:
JoBlo reviews "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" and the "Movie Webmaster panel" while The Arrow reviews "Elvira's Haunted Hills" and the "Jason X" trailer...

The official JoBlo.com / 2001 San Diego Con Photo Gallery:
Pictures from our trip to California for anyone who gives a shit...

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