Published On: Fri, Jan 20th, 2017

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’: Woody Harrelson discusses the ‘daunting set’

Woody Harrelson initially found it a “bit daunting” on the set of War for the Planet of the Apes because of the sheer scale of the production.

In an interview with Collider, he said: “It was a bit daunting, I must say, at first. It took me a little while to get used to it because it was definitely the biggest thing I’ve ever been a part of, it was like going to work at a city, literally. And probably that many people and dozens of cameras, all different types of cameras, super high-tech cameras, motion-capture cameras, so technically it was wild. I really came to love Andy Serkis, who I think is an extraordinary actor and just a great human being – and all the other actors, we got along great. It was a really cool experience.”

Harrelson, 55, plays the Colonel in the next installment of the re-booted sci-fi franchise and was in awe of the film’s set which was the size of a “city”.


The former True Detective star has been a fan of the Apes series which began in 1968 with the first film about a post-apocalyptic Earth ruled by talking apes which starred Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Linda Harrison. He praised the franchise and then director Matt Reeves.

“I’m a real big fan of the Apes series – I like the old Apes but I really like these [new ones]. When I saw the first one I was like, ‘Yeah, incredible, I can’t wait to see the second one.’ Then I’m like, ‘Holy s**t, that may have even been better than the first one, certainly it was as good,’ because a lot of times sequels aren’t as good. And then I’m like, ‘Geez I can’t wait to see the third one!’ And little did I know I’d be in it. So I feel really lucky to be a part of it. I think Matt is an incredible, gifted, super smart filmmaker. I don’t think there’s a lot of people who can pull off what he’s doing, it is so humongous.”

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

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


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