Tom Felton talks Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes CGI leap

Exclusive: "You're going to look back at the old costumes and say 'That's history.'

Tom Felton’s fast proving the most versatile of the Harry Potter kids.

His latest role in Rupert Wyatt’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes sees Felton scruff up and don his best US accent to play primate-pestering bully Dodge, opposite a CGI ape, created by Andy Serkis through performance capture.

Chatting with Total Film exclusively, Felton revealed he’s keen to further expand his range, to join Serkis in CGI circles.

“I bored Andy for hours about how he got into it and how he came to be the godfather of it all,” said Felton “He talked me through a lot of it, and it’s something I’d like to look into.

“There’s so many scripts that you could have read 20 years ago and you’d have said ‘You can’t physically make that’ but now it’s an option - you can do things that weren’t really achievable.

“In this film you’re going to see such advances in the CGI that you’re going to look back at the old apes costumes and really think ‘that’s history’.”

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes opens on 12 August.

For more from Tom Felton, get the new issue of Total Film magazine, which hits news stands on Thursday 7 July.


Is performance capture the future? Reckon Felton would make a good monkey? Could there be a role in Avatar 2 for the Potter alum? Let us know what you think!


    • Hadouken76

      Jul 4th 2011, 16:57

      The sequel will be called Revenge of the rise of the planet of the apes!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jul 4th 2011, 17:15

      I'll bet Mr Felton 5 quid that the original apes look better and more believable than the CGI monkeys.. and I'll go double or nothing on the fact that this film won't even touch the greatness of the original apes movie.

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    • SteveKuma

      Jul 4th 2011, 17:57

      “I bored Andy for hours about how he came to be the godfather of it all,” said Felton UTTER BOLLOCKS! Serkis is not the Godfather of mo-cap / performance capture and NEVER will be. It was around long before him, will be around long after him and there are performance artists out there that can do the same job just as well or better! He's just got lucky thats all. And christ he wont let us forget it! Just wish he'd make up his mind what he wants to be, a straight up actor or a behind the scenes performer. If he stays behind the scenes all well and good, as long as he doesn't start demanding a Best Supporting Actor Oscar like he did for Gollum... majority of that performance was from the animators in post. Makes me so angry the way all the plaudits are laid on him. He is not the be all and end all of performance capture! And on a side note, the CG in this 'Apes' movie doesnt look all that to me! A lot of the shots in the trailer look so flat. Nothing inspiring about them at all. Here endeth the rant!

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    • fuzzcaminski

      Jul 5th 2011, 9:25

      Lot o' trolling here!

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    • DanielMcA

      Jul 5th 2011, 16:15

      Subsequent sequel: Escape from what came from beneath the rise of the planet of the apes.

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