MONKEY AROUND WITH TIME TRAVEL

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Apart from the fact Aaron Stan­ford doesn’t re­motely re­sem­ble Bruce Wil­lis — “I don’t or­di­nar­ily go in for Bruce Wil­lis roles” he ad­mits — there’s one big dif­fer­ence be­tween 1995 clas­sic 12 Mon­keys and its new TV se­ries re­make.

In the film, time trav­eller Cole (Wil­lis) dis­cov­ered that not only was he un­able to change the past, but that he’d helped bring about the fu­ture he wanted to avoid.

But in the new se­ries Cole — played by X-Men star Stan­ford — can change the past and jumps back and forth be­tween 2043 and to­day to stop the re­lease of an apoc­a­lyp­tic virus.

This can get con­fus­ing. He says it wasn’t un­til he watched the se­ries on TV he un­der­stood all of the back and forth. “There ac­tu­ally have been a few mo­ments when I’ve thought: Oh, that’s what that was about!”

A sci-fi fan, Stan­ford got the gig through pro­duc­ers Terry Mata­las and Travis Fick­ett, who he’d worked with on Nikita.

He says the show, re­newed for sea­son two on Fri­day, isn’t try­ing to ape the 1995 film, or the 1962 short that in­spired it La Jetée. “We kept that core story that’s been around since then and ba­si­cally changed ev­ery­thing else,” he says.

12 MON­KEYS, SYFY, THURS­DAY, 8.30PM

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