And his primate costars weren't very nice

By Oliver Gettell
June 16, 2017 at 05:11 PM EDT

A decade before Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathed new life into the venerable sci-fi franchise and began a new cinematic trilogy, Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg attempted their own re-imagining with less success.

During a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Wahlberg acknowledged that the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes left something to be desired, and he praised current Apes star Andy Serkis, who joined him on the show.

“It was an amazing experience working with Tim,” Wahlberg said. “I think we kind of set the franchise back a little bit.” Serkis and Rise director Rupert Wyatt “kind of revived it again, which was great, because it was obviously a big intellectual property.”

Wahlberg also recalled how his primate costars put him through the wringer. “The monkeys, no, they were the worst,” he said.

“They wanted us to get acclimated with the chimps, and anytime I would go near [costar Helena Bonham Carter], the chimps would start attacking me,” he continued. “They’d start like trying to punch me in the nuts, like my 5-year-old-son. Like really bad, like nonstop. … The chimps were constantly trying to attack me.”

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