Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Making Caesar More Human, But Not Overly Human
Andy Serkis has proven himself to be the greatest performance capture actor in the world, not only breathing life into Planet of the Apes’ Caesar but also memorably playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (and the first Hobbit) as well as the titular giant gorilla in Peter Jackson’s King Kong. The upcoming sequel provided him with an interesting challenge, however, given that it was the first time he had to take his character through a full evolution.

In the 10 years since the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes in the movie timeline, Caesar has only grown more intelligent and advanced, which is something that Serkis had to implement into his Dawn of the Planet of the Apes performance. In addition to developing the way that Caesar communicates – through gestures, vocalization and sign language – Serkis also evolved the way that the character holds himself. "It’s philosophical later in the movie," Serkis described. "But you have to make sure it’s not overly human."

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