Actor Andy Serkis may well earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his latest portrayal of a simian leader in the upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes, if his colleagues get their way.
Matt Reeves, the new movie's director, says of his performance: "Andy is one of the best, most soulful actors I have ever worked with. In this film, he went to emotional extremes that were deeper and more painful than in the previous two, and it was astonishing to watch how far he pushed himself."
Serkis' co-star Steve Zahn, who plays Bad Ape, a new character in the movie, says Serkis is "royalty of this stuff".
"This stuff" refers to the motion-capture technology that Serkis, 53, has been working with to great acclaim in the Planet Of The Apes movies as well as The Lord Of The Rings franchise. The technology records an actor's movements and expressions for conversion into various forms of computer animation.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is Serkis' third outing as the creatures' leader, Caesar. In it, the character has to lead his troops into a full-on battle against humans intent on wiping out the apes. It opens in cinemas on July 13.
As part of its loyalty programme, The Straits Times is giving its subscribers 250 pairs of tickets to the premiere of the movie on July 12, 6.40pm, at Shaw Lido.
This is what subscribers have to do to get the tickets: 1. Download the SPH Rewards app. 2. Look for the "Rewards" section 3. Save this deal to your e-wallet 4. Press the "Email" button on the "Details" page and answer this question: Who is the actor who plays Caesar in War For The Planet Of The Apes? 5. In the e-mail, also include your name, NRIC number, mobile phone number and address.
The ticket giveaway starts tomorrow at 2pm.
The first 250 subscribers to respond will receive a pair of tickets each. Winners will be contacted by e-mail.