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Video: James Franco Describes ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Special Effects

The Ivy League educated and multi-talented James Franco is on the promotional trail for his new flick The Rise of the Planet of the Apes and last night he sat down with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  

Franco describes the special effects in the film as:

“This movie could only have been made today. You couldn’t have made it 10 years ago…If you look at the original Planet of the Apes, you had actors in masks. This was made with Andy Serkis, the incredible performer who did Gollum for Lord of the Rings and King Kong. He is the master of this. And the Weta special effects company who did the effects for Lord of the Rings and Avatar created the chimpanzees.”

“You’d think it’s all done on a blue screen stage, but we’ve advanced to the point where we do it on regular sets. Andy shows up in a gray kind of pajamas outfit with wires all over it,” says Franco, “and he has a camera on his arm pointed on his face that captures all his expressions, and his behavior is so realistic that you immediately see beyond it. Your imagination takes over. It’s like acting with a chimpanzee with the best acting instincts.”

Simply incredible.  Just imagine how movies will look 10 years from today! Watch the interview segment and trailer for ROTPOTA below.  It opens today:






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