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Published On: Fri, Jan 20th, 2017

Andy Serkis says ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ was ’emotionally exhausting’ ‘most challenging role’ ever

From Gollum in the Lord of the Rings franchise to Supreme Leader Snoak in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Serkis’ motion capture performances are certainly making a mark and up next will be War for the Planet of the Apes.

Serkis returns as Caesar and talked about how “This was not an easy film to make.”

“It really wasn’t. It was emotionally exhausting,” Serkis said to Eurweb. “The level that I had to operate on to play this character in this movie, I think, was probably the most challenging I’ve ever had to do in anything because the stakes are so high, the emotions are so raw.”

“In terms of psychologically where the character’s going, it’s the darkest sort of places you have to put yourself into. What you might not know, but when you are acting and you’re going for it and you’re going for the truth of a situation, you are altering your chemistry as a human being. You’re lying to yourself to take yourself to a place that you believe that this thing is true.”

Serkis has amazed in these new Apes films.

“You are physically and emotionally and psychologically really going through something. I think the day in, day out of doing that to the level that we were all required to do was very taxing. We had fun as well of course, but it was demanding. I’m not trying to make it anything that it wasn’t. It was really demanding.”

The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, and Max Lloyd-Jones.

Harrelson echoed the massive scope of the film, the set and praised director Matt Reeves HERE

War for the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters on July 14, 2017.

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