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(Last Updated On: January 9, 2016)
Caesar (Andy Serkis) and Koba (Toby Kebbell) have had their differences. But Caesar has proven to be the alpha male. “All of the apes follow Caesar with tremendous allegiance and respect,” says Reeves. “He is their king and sort of their father.”
It turns out there are humans left in the world. The apes are dealing with their anti-human issues while the humans are in need of electrical power on the apes’ land. “In this story we are dealing with the razor’s edge of peace,” says director Matt Reeves. “Caesar struggles with the question of peace and how do you act as a father and a leader.”
Andy Serkis (who portrays Caesar) says there was an “ensemble cast” of other actors portraying primates in the film, all using motion-capture performances in outside locations such as New Orleans and the woods of Vancouver. In this story the apes have a major advantage: They don’t need the creature comforts the humans require.
Caesar (Andy Serkis) has grown from his days as leader of a primate rebellion in 2011’s ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes.’ “We see him as a statesman and a leader and someone who has galvanized all of these apes,” says Serkis. “We see the beginning of their world.” Director Matt Reeves is impressed by Caesar’s care-worn face. “You can see a real haunted quality.”
Caesar (Andy Serkis) is not fond of guns in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ He’s trying to be a leader. “Caesar’s ethos is that apes do not like guns,” says Serkis. “He’s trying to find a peaceful accord with the humans who show up. He’s an empathetic character.”
Gary Oldman in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ Things are not looking good for the humans, who are lacking electricity. The apes have the capability of hydro power on their land in Muir Woods. “The big question of the story is can they coexist?” says director Matt Reeves.
Malcolm (Jason Clarke) tries to make peace with Caesar, left (Andy Serkis) and Koba (Toby Kebbell). Caesar is a father (two kids at home) and husband, while Clarke has a son who has survived the virus. “The film centers around the notion of family,” says Serkis. “It’s the survival of family and what lengths you will go to in order to protect them.”
Koba (Toby Kebbell) has a light-hearted moment with some humans. Let’s just say it doesn’t end well for the humans in this scene. “We all know it doesn’t become ‘Planet of the Humans and Apes,’ it becomes ‘Planet of the Apes’ ” says director Matt Reeves. “But this is that one moment where there is hope for the humans.”
Koba (Toby Kebbell) has a strong hatred for humans after his time in captivity, but he respects Caesar’s leadership.
The highly intelligent ape Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the leader of the ape nation in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ Through the first part of the movie (out July 11), it seems clear that humans have been wiped out by a deadly virus.
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