It’s hard to imagine the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise generating anywhere near the same amount of success without the talents of Andy Serkis. Not only as an actor, but for the work he puts in to motion capture, which is what separates this blockbusters series from other productions out there.
We were thrilled to sit down with the affable British actor too, to discuss how close he now feels to the protagonist Caesar, and exactly why he felt compelled to embrace this new means of storytelling, which he can now really call his own.
He also speaks about how we can see ourselves through the ape protagonists, while we also couldn’t resist asking a question about his role of Snoke in Star Wars. Naturally he can’t go into too much detail, but he can speak more freely about Breathe, the drama that is set to open the forthcoming London Film Festival, which has Serkis on directing duties.
Watch the full interview below…
Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.
War for the Planet of the Apes is released on July 11th. You can read our review of the film here.