When “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” hit theaters earlier this year, fans and critics were quick to compare it to another “Apes” reboot: the Tim Burton-directed 2001 flick “Planet of the Apes.” Both sought to bring new life to the “Apes” franchise, but while “Rise” was met with glowing reviews, Burton’s faced a bit more skepticism.
MTV News recently caught up with Mark Wahlberg as he was promoting his new film, “Contraband,” and asked if he had seen “Rise” yet. It turned out he hasn’t, but the movie is definitely on his radar.
“I haven’t seen it yet, but I heard it was pretty damn good. Well, ours wasn’t. It is what it is. Ours wasn’t,” he said.
The two movies took different approaches to the franchise, which could have led to the inconsistent responses. “Rise” presented itself as a prequel of sorts that either could create its own “Apes” series or fit in well as a precursor to the 1968 “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Burton’s, on the other hand, sought to retell the classic story, and it seems that it was that change that caused fans to rebel.
Wahlberg attributes the failure of his “Apes” film to reboot the franchise to the studio’s desire to crank out the movie before it was ready.
“They didn’t have the script right. They had a release date before he had shot a foot of film. They were pushing him and pushing him in the wrong direction. You have got to let Tim do his thing,” Wahlberg explained.
Even though he’ll be the first to admit 2001’s “Planet of the Apes” wasn’t a great movie, Wahlberg does say that it’s the best time he ever had on a film set.
“I have no better time on any movie than I had working with Tim,” he said. “I had the most amazing time with Tim. I run to be on the set with him. We were doing reshoots, and he came out with me to Paris. We’re in the club. Tim was in the club, man. Tim was in the club. Then he’d be drawing people, and all of his caricatures looked the same. He’d be drawing people in the club.”
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