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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': Watch Andy Serkis and others go ape

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Like its predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes and unlike such classic works of American cinema as Every Which Way But Loose, Dunston Checks In, and MVP: Most Valuable Primate, Matt Reeves’ upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes features no actual apes whatsoever. Rather than going for flesh-and-blood primates, the filmmakers once again opted for zeroes and ones. The digital makeup is being sculpted in three-dimensions by the wizards of Weta Digital and overlaid onto performances by Velcro/spandex-suited actors like Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell. “I’ve seen an entire cut of the movie without any ­special ­effects whatsoever,” says Serkis, who once again plays the apes’ leader, Caesar. “It’s amazing to watch as Weta’s work comes in and we’re transformed.”

Check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage below showing split-screen comparisons of the film’s actors before and after their special-effects makeovers.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 11.