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Mark Wahlberg joined the film after meeting with Tim Burton for only five minutes. He was so anxious to work with Burton that he agreed to play any part. Wahlberg dropped out of the role of Linus in Ocean's Eleven (2001) to do this film.
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Michael Clarke Duncan had sprained his ankle during filming, and was forced to go to the hospital in his full gorilla make-up.
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The female chimpanzees were not going to have eyebrows, but they were added after the first results were deemed too unsettling.
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In order to star in the film, Tim Roth declined the role of Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Ari in this film, would go on to play Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise.
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Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison are the only actors to appear in both this film and Planet of the Apes (1968).
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One of the things Rick Baker enjoyed doing was making himself up as an ape and scaring people at a drive-in theater showing the original Planet of the Apes (1968).
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Tim Burton said that he would rather jump out of a window than direct a sequel to this film.
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Michael Clarke Duncan was filming The Green Mile (1999) when the casting department of "Planet of the Apes" tried to contact him for a part. When he heard they had called for him, he correctly assumed that it was not for a human character.
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Tim Roth asked Tim Burton if he could re-write some scenes to give his character a more frightening presence. Burton agreed and encouraged this idea.
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It was after this movie wrapped that Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter became romantically involved. Instead of moving in with her in her Hampstead house in London, Burton bought two next-door houses, which the couple shared until their separation.
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In an interview with MTV, while comparing this film with Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Mark Wahlberg blamed 20th Century Fox for screwing the film up, saying, "I haven't seen it yet, but I heard it was pretty damn good. Well, ours wasn't. It is what it is. Ours wasn't. They didn't have the script right. Fox Studios had a release date before Tim Burton had shot a foot of film. They were pushing him and pushing him in the wrong direction. You have to let Tim do his thing."
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Paul Giamatti was inspired by W.C. Fields for his performance.
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Tim Burton himself insisted that this movie was not a "remake, "but a "re-imagination" of Planet of the Apes (1968); it uses the idea of an ape-inhabited planet from the same source material as the 1968 movie, but ultimately tells a very different story.
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Ari was first planned as an "ape princess", and the romantic interest, but 20th Century Fox vetoed any kind of human-ape romance, calling it "weird and unnatural." The veto stood even after Tim Burton offered to make it platonic, or just implied.
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Attar says to Captain Leo Davidson, "Take your stinking hands off me, you damn dirty human!" mirroring the original line from George Taylor in Planet of the Apes (1968), which was "Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"
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Tim Burton wanted to give a "Cornelius-like role" to his friend Paul Reubens, but neither actor nor character was included in the end.
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On his hiring, Rick Baker explained, "I did the Dino De Laurentiis version of King Kong in 1976 and was always disappointed because I wasn't able to do it as realistically as I wanted. I thought Apes would be a good way to make up for that." In addition to King Kong, Baker previously worked with designing ape makeup on Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, and the 1998 remake of Mighty Joe Young. Tim Burton was adamant that the apes should be substantially "more animal-like; flying through trees, climb walls, swing out of windows, and go ape shit when angry." For a month and a half before shooting started, the actors who portrayed apes attended "ape school". The ape makeup took 4.5 hours to apply and 1.5 hours to remove. Tim Burton explained, "It's like going to the dentist at two in the morning, and having people poke at you for hours. Then you wear an ape costume until nine at night."
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Tim Roth suffered extensively in the role of General Thade. He didn't mind the hours and hours spent in the make-up chair, but found the costume extremely constricting. By the end of the shoot, he had trapped nerves and two herniated vertebrae in his back.
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Kris Kristofferson immediately agreed to be cast in the film because he and his children were fans of Tim Burton's films.
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In the space of thirty-three years since Planet of the Apes (1968), the budget multiplied almost twenty-fold.
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The film takes place on February 14, 2029 and in December 5021.
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During filming, Tim Roth held a grudge against Charlton Heston, due to his associations with the National Rifle Association. He said, "It was very difficult for me. On one level, there's the man, and he's my dad. But on the other level, the whole NRA thing is what it is now. I'm so against it, very vocally so. But it was inappropriate for the workplace. If I'm going to talk to him, I'll talk to him outside the workplace. So it was just two guys in make-up doing a scene." Roth later claimed he would not have appeared in the film had he known he would be sharing a scene with Heston.
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Tim Burton claimed the ending was not supposed to make any sense, but it was more of a cliffhanger, to be explained in a possible sequel. "It was a reasonable cliffhanger that could be used in case 20th Century Fox, or another filmmaker wanted to do another movie," he explained.
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Robert Rodriguez was considered to direct, to bring the budget down.
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Tim Burton has been quoted as saying that he has a fear of monkeys. He changed the character of Thade from a White Gorilla to a Chimpanzee for this reason.
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Tiffany Smith was cast as Ari, and also did make-up tests before being replaced by Helena Bonham Carter. She has an uncredited appearance as Thade's sister in the final film.
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WILHELM SCREAM: From Tival during the final battle.
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The production was a difficult experience for Tim Burton. This was largely contributed by Fox's adamant release date of July 2001, which meant that everything from pre-production to editing and visual effects work was rushed.
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For a month and a half before shooting started, the actors who portrayed apes attended "ape school."
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Mark Wahlberg refused to wear a loincloth like Charlton Heston did in Planet of the Apes (1968), because he did not want to remind audiences of his underwear modeling.
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Different versions of this film were in development since 1988. Directors involved in pre-production over the years included: Alan Rifkin, Sam Raimi, Phillip Noyce, Chuck Russell, Chris Columbus, Roland Emmerich, Michael Bay, Peter Jackson, and Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes. In 1993, Oliver Stone, who was initially considered to direct the film, had signed on as executive producer, and wanted Terry Hayes to re-write his script and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. James Cameron had signed on to executively produce and write the film, but dropped out in 1997 after the success of Titanic (1997).
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Djimon Hounsou turned down the role of Attar, because he was filming The Four Feathers (2002).
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Gary Oldman was considered for the role of General Thade. He would later play Dreyfus in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).
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During the film's early development, Harrison Ford, Kevin Costner, and Patrick Swayze were considered to play the lead role.
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The character of Leo Davidson is regarded as a messiah by the primitive humans. Fittingly, his named translates (from a mixture of Latin and Old English) as Lion, Son of David, combining two of Jesus' traditional titles.
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Filming began at Lake Powell, where parts of the original film were shot. Due to a local drought, production crews had to pump in extra water.
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Along with Mars Attacks! (1996), this is one of only two films directed by Tim Burton to be Filmed in Panavision (anamorphic), in the 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio.
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Whereas other actors contending for the Leo Davidson role wanted to see the script before signing a contract, Mark Wahlberg signed on after a five-minute meeting with Tim Burton.
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The starship Oberon is named after a selfish Faerie King of immense power in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Thade is based on Hideki Tojo, the Japanese Minister of War, who decided to go to war with the United States in 1941.
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Johnny Depp and Daniel Day-Lewis were considered for the part of Thade.
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Frontman of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, cited this movie as one of his main inspirations for their 2016 album "Dystopia."
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Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal were re-writing the script, even as sets were being constructed.
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Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal were brought on board to revise William Broyles Jr.'s script in an attempt to bring the budget down from an estimated $200 million. Their input helped reduce the budget by a half.
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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio were all considered for the lead role.
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Shot over a period of 80 days.
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Deep Roy (Gorilla kid/Thade's niece) previously played an ape in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984).
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Mark Wahlberg, while not regretting making the film due to working with Tim Burton, admitted that the film set the franchise back a bit.
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Tim Burton wanted to begin filming in October 2000, but it was pushed back to November 6, 2000, and ended in April 2001.
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This is the second of two films co-written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal in which David Warner (Senator Sandar) appeared. The first was Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
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In the original "Planet of The Apes" (1968) the humans had lost their language . In this film the filmmakers followed the later sequels where humans were just subjugated by the apes and had rudimentary villages with huts , farming , trained on horseback riding and such.
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While his prosthetic make-up was being applied, Paul Giamatti watched episodes of Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966), and various Japanese Godzilla films.
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As the apes are charging into battle, along side others on horses and keeping the pace, the people in ape costumes were actually being pulled, ironically by horses, on long sheets. To give the illusion of moving faster than they really were.
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Such is the huge reputation of the original film, that nervous 20th Century Fox executives considered retitling this to "The Visitor".
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Deep Roy (Gorilla Kid/Thade's Niece) also worked with Tim Burton on Corpse Bride (2005), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
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Tom Hanks were considered for the role of Captain Leo Davidson.
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Michael J. Fox were considered for the role of Captain Leo Davidson.
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Billy Crystal were considered for the role of Limbo.
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Keanu Reeves were considered for the role of Captain Leo Davidson.
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Paul Giamatti portrayed a human slave trader in this movie, and 12 Years a Slave (2013).
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Upon looking at photos of the cast to get an idea for their makeup, Rick Baker said Tim Roth's makeup was going to be challenging because of his facial structure versus Paul Giamatti, whom Baker really loved for his expressive face.
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Alec Baldwin were considered for the role of General Thade.
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Gwyneth Paltrow were considered for the role of Ari.
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Eddie Murphy were considered for the role of Limbo.
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Ned Beatty were considered for the role of Karubi.
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The last line spoken by Thade's father, Zaius, (played by Charlton Heston) before he dies is: "Damn them. Damn them all to Hell!" This is an echo of the last line spoken by Heston at the very end of the original "Planet of the Apes" movie: "Damn you. Damn you all to Hell!"
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Sally Field were considered for the role of Daena.
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Jennifer Aniston were considered for the role of Daena.
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Ian McKellen were considered for the role of Karubi.
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Ellen DeGeneres were considered for the role of Ari.
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Ving Rhames were considered for the role of Colonel Attar.
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Robert De Niro were considered for the role of General Thade.
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Scott Bakula were considered for the role of Limbo.
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Sandra Bullock were considered for the role of Daena.
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Robert Patrick were considered for the role of Colonel Attar.
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Anne Ramsay (Lt. Col. Grace Alexander) played Jamie Buchman's (Helen Hunt's) sister Lisa Stemple on the TV show "Mad About You" (1992-1999). In "Planet of the Apes" (2001), Ms. Ramsay plays a primate trainer. In the film "Project X" (1987), Helen Hunt played a primate trainer.
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Kirk Douglas were considered for the role of General Thade.
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Cameo 

Rick Baker: When the humans are transported into the Ape City in the cage, three apes are sitting smoking a water pipe. The ape in the middle with gray hair and beard taking a puff is Baker, who designed all the ape make-up for the movie.
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Linda Harrison: "Nova" from Planet of the Apes (1968), plays one of the humans in the rolling cage that takes Leo to Ape City. She is the woman next to him who shakes her head "no" when Leo speaks.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The cast signed for a sequel that would explain the final scene in Washington, D.C., but it was cancelled after the film's poor reception by critics.
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Charlton Heston, star of Planet of the Apes (1968) as well as President of the National Rifle Association, is the only ape with a gun. He passes the gun to his son Thade, while he dies speaking the line, "Damn them! Damn them all to hell!" a variation of his character's last lines in the original "Damn you! God damn you all to hell!" Tim Roth, a vocal supporter of gun control, was originally uncomfortable with this pro-gun scene, but Tim Burton persuaded him, and Roth "decided that it was okay, because it's fiction."
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The reworked Tim Burton ending for this film is based on the original book ending as written by Pierre Boulle, in which the human protagonist finds a ship and escapes the ape planet, together with a native human female. They set a course for Earth, but due to traveling at near-lightspeed, many centuries have passed, and Earth has also evolved into an ape-dominated society. The DVD endpapers notes offer a clue to the logic of the movie ending: "Maybe someone went back to earth before Captain Leo Davidson."
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The final kissing scene between a human and an ape was edited out in the theatrical run, when the movie was first released in India. Kissing is not allowed in films made or shown in India.
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Helena Bonham Carter said of the ending, "I thought it made sense, kind of. I don't understand why everyone went, 'Huh?' It's all a time warp thing. He's gone back and he realizes Thade's beat him there."
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Limbo was going to become a good guy, but Tim Burton and Paul Giamatti agreed that it would be "kind of lame."
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The "police ape" at the end of the movie wears a modified helmet from Starship Troopers (1997). The helmet was simply painted black and a visor was added (transparent plastic). You can see that the helmet does not fit correctly over the make-up appliances.
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Tim Roth revealed that, despite multiple viewings, he was confused by the film's ending. "I cannot explain that ending. I have seen it twice and I don't understand anything."
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One of the considered endings had Captain Leo Davidson crash-landing at Yankee Stadium and seeing apes playing baseball. This scene was originally suggested in 1995 by 20th Century Fox Executive Dylan Sellers, when Phillip Noyce and Terry Hayes were attached. When Hayes submitted a script without the baseball scene, Sellers fired him, and Noyce quit. Tim Burton wanted the scene, but it was cut due to budgetary concerns.
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At the beginning, when the Oberon receives the "loop" transmission, an elderly version of General Vasich's distress recording is briefly glimpsed, suggesting that causality and time travel will be very integral to the plot.
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Planet of the Apes (1968) was set on a future Earth. This version is set on a different planet (two moons in the sky above the ape encampment in the scene on the road to "Calima").
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