Dr. Zaius Has a Smoke, Cornelius Gets a Haircut, and More 'Planet of the Apes' Home Movies

March 14, 2012


Last year's Rise of the Planet of the Apes marked the long-running franchise's move into CGI effects over practical chimp makeup, and that was nice for Andy Serkis, who is largely basing his career on the fact that hopefully no one else will put on a spandex jumper and pretend to be a revolutionary monkey that still cares for James Franco. But at the same time, we lost something. We lost the human touch that only comes from hairy latex hunks being carefully glued to a guy's face. And we also lost the home movies of an orangutan-headed man lounging around a beach, sipping a Mai Tai from beneath a straw hat.

Thankfully, Roddy McDowall's got enough of that to last us for a while. The actor brought his 8mm camera around the production of the original Planet of the Apes and got all kinds of footage of the film's groundbreaking makeup application. He also got a bunch of shots of apes sitting around having a smoke--JUST LIKE THEY DO NOW. Prescient. Anyway, here it is:

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