Mark Wahlberg Says Planet Of The Apes 'Set The Franchise Back a Little Bit'

06/17/2017

Wahlberg recently admitted the movie wasn't very good.

 

During a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Wahlberg acknowledged that the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes left something to be desired, and he praised current Apes star Andy Serkis, who joined him on the show.

“It was an amazing experience working with Tim. I think we kind of set the franchise back a little bit… (Andy Serkis, a fellow guest on the show, and the filmmakers of 2005’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes) “kind of revived it again, which was great, because it was obviously a big intellectual property.”

When asked what it was like to work with living primates on the set of Planet of the Apes, Wahlberg responded with the following anecdote:

“The monkeys, no, they were the worst… They wanted us to get acclimated with the chimps, and anytime I would go near (actress Helena Bonham Carter), the chimps would start attacking me. They’d start like trying to punch me in the nuts, like my 5-year-old-son. Like really bad, like nonstop. I’m like ‘Okay, alright, stop now. Stop playing around. We’ve gotta work.’ And the chimps were constantly trying to attack me.”

Planet of the Apes is directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, and Estella Warren. The sixth film produced in the Planet of the Apes franchise, it was loosely adapted from Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel of the same name and the 1968 film version. It tells the story of astronaut Leo Davidson crash-landing on a planet inhabited by intelligent apes. The apes treat humans as slaves, but with the help of an ape named Ari, Leo starts a rebellion. The movie was released to mixed reviews, but was a financial success. Much criticism focused on the confusing plot and ending, although Rick Baker's prosthetic makeup designs were praised.

That Planet of the Apes may not be very good, but War for the Planet of the Apes almost certainly is. That movie is directed by Matt Reeves and hits theaters on July 14, 2017.