In addition to wrapping up his work in the “Harry Potter” series in July — hey, how ’bout that “Deathly Hallows Part 2” trailer, by the by? — he’s also got another huge project on the horizon: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the upcoming “Planet of the Apes” prequel that many people had written off until they witnessed the breathtaking work of WETA Workshop in the trailer released a few weeks ago.
“A lot of people, when you say ’Apes,’ they think of Tim Burton’s one and that that is what this one is going to be like. It couldn’t be further from the truth,” Felton told MTV News when we hit him up as part of our Summer Movie Preview week. “This movie is set in the world that we know, rather than some alien planet. It’s not that it’s scary, but it is so much more realistic. There’s a real sense that it could actually happen.”
When we asked Felton about his character in the movie, he revealed that his latest role would keep him on the path of villainy we “Potter” fans know him best for: “He’s not a good guy. People aren’t going to be cheering for me in this film either. It’s villainy, but on a different level.”
“When Caesar, our lead ape, gets too big for James Franco’s character to look after anymore, they have to put him into a facility. Brian Cox, who plays my dad, owns it, and I work there. Needless to say, I’m supposed to be looking after the apes, but I really don’t do that job very well,” he continued. “I don’t get on well with them and I’m not that friendly with them. I’m kind of what instigates Caesar’s revolt against humans. Before that, he only knew James Franco’s character. He thought all humans were going to be friendly and nice. It’s through my father and my character that he learns the perils of humanity and how bad we really are.”
So, are you saying we should blame Tom Felton for all those damn, dirty apes? We shoulda known!
As for the apes themselves, Felton hinted that we likely won’t see the primate menace evolve to the point where they’re speaking English and finding human sophistication: “The apes we see are apes, not the ’Planet of the Apes’ creatures we’ve seen before.”
Regardless, those are some scary monkeys. Thanks for unleashing them upon us, Tom!
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