Har­rel­son’s War for the Planet of the Apes ‘con­cerns’

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Woody Har­rel­son was “con­cerned” about por­tray­ing a stereo­typ­i­cal vil­lain in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’. The 55-year-old ac­tor had long dis­cus­sions with di­rec­tor Matt Reeves about how to en­sure his por­trayal of The Colonel in the re­booted sci-fi fran­chise was “more hu­man” than how evil char­ac­ters tend to come across on big-screen pro­duc­tions. He said: “That was a big con­cern of mine. Be­cause when I read it I thought it was a lit­tle more black and white. “I talked to Matt about ways to make the char­ac­ter a lit­tle more hu­man. “I think The Colonel thinks that what he’s do­ing is what needs to be done to save hu­man­ity so from his per­spec­tive what he’s do­ing is right and just. “It’s good to have it not be so black and white.” Har­rel­son was “stag­gered” to see how well the movie, which uses mo­tion cap­ture tech­nol­ogy to bring the ape char­ac­ters to life, looked when it was com­pleted, and praised Andy Serkis for his “phe­nom­e­nal” per­for­mance as chim­panzee Cae­sar. Speak­ing to Col­lider, he added: “I was pleas­antly sur­prised when I saw the fin­ished prod­uct. It’s so dif­fer­ent from what’s hap­pen­ing. “Andy is a phe­nom­e­nal ac­tor and he’s got all these dots on his face, and he’s got the cam­era, the grey suit, you be­lieve he’s an ape. “It’s his eyes, his voice, his man­ner­isms, his move­ment, he’s do­ing the per­for­mance. “But when it all comes to­gether it’s pretty stag­ger­ing. The level of what goes into that CG. It was so re­al­is­tic and so well done. These guys are the best in the busi­ness. “The mo­tion pic­ture also fea­tures Karin Kono­val as Mau­rice, Cae­sar’s ad­vi­sor, and Steve Zahn as Bad Ape.

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