Ever wonder how [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes](movie:322904) managed to make their apes sound so human?
In a behind-the-scenes clip from MTV, Andy Serkis, who plays the leader Caesar, credits creating specific speech patterns and habits for many of the main apes. Their personalities informed the way they communicated and the words they used, allowing Caesar, Koba, and Maurice to be completely individualized characters as opposed to one troop of apes. The filmmakers put this level of thought into virtually every aspect of the movie, and it shows with each behind-the-scenes interview.
Let's take a closer look at some of these amazing facts behind the making of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Koba uses language to express rage instead of intellect
In the featurette clip, Toby Kebbell reveals the deliberate thought process behind Koba's relationship with human speech. Because he despises humans and everything they represent, he mostly steers clear of verbal language when expressing himself. However, when he becomes so enraged that he needs a quick, direct method of expression, he yells choppy words with a guttural boom. A nice touch to complicate how these apes fall in between AND outside of the human/animal dynamic.
Ash and the younger apes learn language faster
In another piece of trivia from the clip, Andy Serkis discusses how Rocket's son Ash, who is part of a new generation of apes, is able to pick up both human speech and sign language much faster than his parents. Just another reminder that kids will always be able to adapt to culture quicker than adults, meaning that teenagers should render me obsolete within the next five years. Thanks for the reminder, Ash!
Only three actors reprise their roles from Rise of the Planet of the Apes
And they're all apes: Andy Serkis (Caesar), Terry Notary (Rocket), and Karin Konoval (Maurice) just could not get enough of those form-fitting motion-capture suits! While the character of Cornelia is in both movies, the filmmakers cast Judy Greer to take over the role from stuntwoman Devyn Dalton. James Franco makes a small cameo, but his scene was all unused footage from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and he had no idea he was even going to be in the sequel.
Koba's name is a reference to Josef Stalin.
File this under "most appropriate character names." Koba was Stalin's childhood nickname, a nod to his Georgian heritage. The Koba of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the film's aggressive antagonist who shares a similar political trajectory with Stalin. These overlapping traits include a ruthless drive for power, a distrust of enemies and allies alike, and a generally unchill, cynical approach to life. Yikes.
Judy Greer, who plays Cornelia, is married to a Planet of the Apes fanatic
Even before Greer got involved with the franchise, her husband Dean E. Johnsen was a major Planet of the Apes buff. And when I say fanatic, I don't just mean that he's seen the original film 100 times. I'm talking PLANET OF THE APES THEMED WEDDING. That's right, the pair played the 1968 film and Rise of the Planet of the Apes during their cocktail hour, and their cake topper featured a husband-and-wife chimp duo. Jury's still out on whether or not this affected her decision to star in the movie.