WOODY HARRELSON: ‘CGI ME IS AMAZING IN WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES’
HOLLYWOOD – Woody Harrelson called the CGI on War for the Planet of the Apes ‘extraordinary.’
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with the Studio Exec, former Cheers and White Men Can’t Jump star Woody Harrelson heaped praise on the CGI work of his new film War for the Planet of the Apes.
It’s unbelievable. I already knew from Andy Serkis’ work in Lord of the Rings that CGI could help bring a character alive but this was my first time getting experience firsthand and I walked away impressed.
The Apes are really realistic.
Absolutely. But for me that isn’t even the greatest achievement. You see monkeys and Gollums and what not, they’re fantastic creatures to begin with. You know what I mean? But real people are tough. My character is a soldier. A colonel and yet the detail on the face, the eyes – which up until now have been so difficult to replicate – were damned near perfect.
But your character wasn’t CGI.
The best part, going into this, I thought there’d be a stupid costume with ping pong balls I’d have to wear. But Matt Reeves told me I could just wear the costume of the character. I mentioned the CGI suit, the motion capture but he just laughed and said ‘nice one Woody!’ So I was prepared for the end result being less than optimum. When I saw the final cut of the film, it blew me away. It looked as if it was just me acting. It was so life like.