Sunday, May 3, 2015

James Franco's secret "Ape" picture revealed!

Long before his big-budget, digitalized-simians "Planet of the Apes" reboot, James Franco starred in another movie about a guy living with a monkey

James Franco’s secret “Ape” picture revealed!

In this image released by Twentieth Century Fox, Caesar the chimp, a CG animal portrayed by Andy Serkis, and James Franco are shown in a scene from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes ." (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox)
In this image released by Twentieth Century Fox, Caesar the chimp, a CG animal portrayed by Andy Serkis, and James Franco are shown in a scene from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes ." (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox) AP

It’s called The Ape, it played at a couple of film festivals (L.A., Austin), in 2005, and phhhttt, then it disappeared. But if ever there was a double-bill, it’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the just-out sci-fi reboot with James Franco living in a house with a monkey, and The Ape, with James Franco living in a house with a monkey. Or, at least, with a guy in a Hawaiian shirt and a gorilla suit. The movie star/fiction writer/NYU prof/ADD poster boy wrote (with Merriwether Williams) and directed the dark comedy, about a guy who leaves his wife to move into a rental apartment and write the great American novel. But then this clown in a King Kong costume shows up.

Watch the trailer below. Franco's seems just a mite more animated in The Ape than he is in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. (He's jumoping up and down on a bed!!

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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