Andy Serkis: Apes get grumpy

Andy Serkis was amazed to learn how much apes are like humans.

Andy Serkis appreciates that apes have "good and bad days".

The actor reprises his role as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011's Rise. It meant a lot of research about the animals, which taught the 50-year-old a great deal.

"When I started researching the apes for the first film, I thought they were a species to themselves that I could look at objectively," he explained to Ticket.

"But I soon found out just how similar they are to humans. Just likes us, every ape is an individual, no single ape is like another. They have good and bad days, are very emotional and can also be aggressive."

The Planet of the Apes franchise is not the first one Andy has used Performance Capture technology for - he also portrayed Gollum in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies.

"Typecasting is dead," he answered when asked how the invention has changed film.

"How your body looks, your gender or the colour of your skin no longer play an issue. Films such as The Polar Express, Avatar and The Adventures of Tintin really prove that. I just thank my lucky stars I was in the right place at the right time."

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be done and dusted now, but there's no time for Andy to sit still and enjoy time off. He has plenty of other exciting projects in the pipeline.

"I'm in Avengers: Age of Ultron and will be taking on the role of Captain Haddock in the next Tintin film," he said. "We're also working on a remake of The Jungle Book and Animal Farm, which I will direct."

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