Woody Harrelson is playing Colonel McCullough, the central antagonist of War for the Planet of the Apes, in this weekend’s latest trilogy-capper from director Matt Reeves. Harrelson has recently gone into detail on what it took to play the character and how he made sure that the villain wasn’t two-dimensional.
Speaking to Collider, Harrelson took a moment to talk about how his input on his character, who wants Caesar’s apes to be completely destroyed. Harrelson noted that where he believes his character needed to go affected the script in a significant way:
“Yeah, [not making my character a generic villain] was a big concern of mine because when I read [the script], I thought it was a little more black-and-white. I talked to Matt [Reeves] about ways to make him more human as opposed to an evil incarnate type, and I think the Colonel thinks what he’s doing is what needs to be done to save humanity. Certainly from his perspective, what he’s doing is right and just… I think that kind of crucial scene between [the Colonel] and Caesar kinda explains all that, and I think it’s good to not be so black-and-white.”
Harrelson also mentioned that he added a lot of improvisation with props to add a little bit of depth to his performance, but he also noted that he didn’t think it was always necessary depending on what he was filming. He spoke highly of his co-star, Andy Serkis (who plays Caesar, the franchise’s protagonist).
War for the Planet of the Apes breaks out on July 14, 2017. The film’s cast includes Andy Serkis as Caesar, Woody Harrelson as Colonel McCullough, Amiah Miller as Nova, Gabriel Chavarria as Preacher, Chad Rook as Boyle, Steve Zahn as “Bad Ape”, Karin Konoval as Maurice, Terry Notary as Rocket, Judy Greer as Cornelia, Max Lloyd-Jones as Blue Eyes, Ty Olsson as Rex, Michael Adamthwaite as Luca, Aleks Paunovic as Winter, Alessandro Juliani as Spear, and Sara Canning as Lake.
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