One of the most intriguing aspects of motion-capture performance, any actor can technically portray any character – meaning that some of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood could disappear entirely behind CGI makeup. The Apes actors know this to be true – as the human performers deliver emotional and believable interpretations of evolved chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas, among others. However, as motion capture becomes increasingly respected in the industry, it won’t be long before big names see the technology as a chance to push themselves beyond their comfort zone – and megastar Tom Cruise might be on of the first to give it a shot.
Clark (Producer): I love working on these movies. Fox has been great. Typically, when you make tent pole movies like the one we made last time, and Jason Clark, who’s my friend, Jason Clark is not Tom Cruise. Or he’s not Denzel Washington. But we said we really loved Jason in Zero Dark Thirty, and they said, “We did, too.” And we said, “We really would like to put him in as our human lead.” And they were like,“That’s cool,” not like, “You’ve got to go get Tom Cruise,” who is great, too. But if we had Tom Cruise show up in this movie, you guys would be like, “Whaaaa?”
Although Cruise, I produced Oblivion. He’s a friend and he loves these movies. So he’s always, like, emailing me: “I want to play an ape…” He’s always messing with me. He’s like, “I’ve figured it out. I’m going to be this ape in the next movie.”
War for the Planet of the Apes opens in U.S. theaters on July 14th, 2017.