ByDaniel Portolan, writer at
Daniel Portolan

Planet of the Apes is a franchise that spans decades (as well as the whole next stage of primate evolution). But even if you've seen every movie from 1968 to "Dawn of Planet of the Apes" this week, here are some things you (probably) didn't know.

These 7 facts from Cinefix will arm you with lots of trivia to show off about the films, from monkey makeup to mo-cap suits (yes, we know apes aren't monkeys. But "monkey" is a much funnier word).

Here they are again:

1) The movie that started this reboot (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) featured NO actual Apes and nor will [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes](movie:322904)!

2) Again in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we saw Caesar, who is now going to be in command of a huge Ape army, making a jigsaw puzzle of the famous statue of liberty scene in the ORIGINAL Planet of the Apes. Confusing!

3) The original Planet of the Apes was also one of the first movies to use a script with a phoney final three pages, as they attempted to keep the famous statue of liberty reveal secret. This paved the way for the secrets and spoilers of today!

4) The whole idea for the Statue of Liberty ending was inspired by a poster on a deli wall - if the producers hadn't eaten at that particular deli, it might never have happened!

5) The make-up for the original movie cost $500,000, but producers let everyone believe it cost a million because the thought it was better PR!

6) The actors could be stuck in their monkey suits for up to 16 hours at a time!

7) Back to Rise of the Planet of the Apes now, and did you know that that movie was the first to use motion capture technology on location? It was a huge step forward in digital filmmaking, and the franchise remains at the cutting edge today!


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