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James Franco Praises Andy Serkis and ‘Rise’ Tech

By on August 7, 2011
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James Franco appeared on Jimmy Kimmel last week to promote his latest movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Franco expressed admiration for Andy Serkis, the actor behind Caesar the ape, describing him as ‘the master’ of the motion capture technique.

Franco also warned Kimmel that he was about to ‘nerd out’ while describing the motion capture process.

That movie could only have been made today.  You couldn’t have made it 10 years ago,” Franco said of the movie.

This [movie] was made with Andy Serkis, the incredible performer who did Gollum for Lord of the Rings, and King Kong.  He’s the master!

“The Weta effects company who also did Lord of the Rings and Avatar create the chimpanzees. You’d think it was all done on a blue-screen stage but (and now I’m gonna nerd out) but they’ve advanced to the stage where we can do it on regular sets.

“Andy showed up in a grey kind of pajama-like outfit with wires all over it. He has a camera on an arm pointed at his face so they can capture all his expressions. And you think, how can you act with someone like that and pretend they’re a chimpanzee? But his behaviour is so realistic that you immediately see beyond it and your imagination takes over. It really is like acting with a chimpanzee except it’s a chimpanzee with the best acting instincts.”

Rise of the Planet of the Apes climbed to the top of box office charts this weekend with global ticket sales of $77.4 million.