If you think you have bad memories from simply watching Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, wait until you find out what Mark Wahlberg went through while trying to film it! He recently appeared on the Graham Norton show and revealed a traumatic encounter he had with real life chimpanzees on the set of the film.
When asked what it was like to work with living primates on the set of Planet of the Apes, Wahlberg responded with the following anecdote:
“The monkeys, no, they were the worst… They wanted us to get acclimated with the chimps, and anytime I would go near (actress Helena Bonham Carter), the chimps would start attacking me. They’d start like trying to punch me in the nuts, like my 5-year-old-son. Like really bad, like nonstop. I’m like ‘Okay, alright, stop now. Stop playing around. We’ve gotta work.’ And the chimps were constantly trying to attack me.”
This is now officially the strangest interview response I’ve had the duty of transcribing for Horror News Network! Thankfully, Wahlberg made it through the filming of the movie without any serious injuries; but this story certainly shows that it ain’t easy being a movie star!
Before recalling the chimp attack, Wahlberg acknowledged that the film wasn’t that great:
“It was an amazing experience working with Tim. I think we kind of set the franchise back a little bit… (Andy Serkis, a fellow guest on the show, and the filmmakers of 2005’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes) “kind of revived it again, which was great, because it was obviously a big intellectual property.”
You can watch the entire clip below:
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