James Franco was the big name in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He was the star power that was used to promote the movie. And then the movie came out and he was kind of… well, he wasn’t the crux of the movie. Andy Serkis and the apes were the movie. And now Franco doesn’t think he’s coming back.
“I was going to be a small part of the next one. There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like [former Fox co-chairman] Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left. Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.”
Honestly, it doesn’t matter that Franco isn’t it. No one is going to care about Franco in the second movie. The second movie is ultimately going to be about how the apes overtake humanity. Do we really want to see Franco and his on-screen girlfriend Freida Pinto run around doing emotional stuff? No, not really.
On top of that, as IGN notes, Franco’s character was supposed to die at the end of Rise. And then director Rupert Wyatt changed the ending weeks before the film came out. So really, if Franco not being back gets you down about the sequel then turn that frown upside down – it really won’t affect it too much. [MTV via IGN]