Keri Russell Talks About Working With Matt Reeves Again On Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.28.2014
He co-created Felicity...
In an interview with IGN, Keri Russell spoke about reuniting with Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves, who is directing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reeves created the show with J.J. Abrams. Here are highlights:
On reuniting with Reeves on this film: "This is not the project I thought we'd be doing together, let's be honest. He has this most beautiful film, this independent film, that he wrote that I would love to do, and we tried to get money for it a few years ago. It's so good, and maybe, hopefully soon. But this is not that. [Laughs] This is so crazy and ambitious and epic. I had no idea what I was signing on for. He had a phone conversation with me and just said, ‘Please come do this.' I said, ‘Matt, I'm finishing this show [The Americans], I'm so tired.' He said, ‘Just come do this with me,' and I'm so glad I did."
On Andy Serkis: "First of all, Andy Serkis -- what the heck! I was deciding whether or not to do it, and just physically -- I have two kids too; I can't work all the time. I need to just do a few things here and there, and then be a mom. I was deciding whether or not to it, but my loyalty for Matt is so strong. [The Americans'] Matthew Rhys had done a movie with Andy, and he said, ‘You don't understand. Andy Serkis is this incredible actor.' I said, ‘I don't really know.' He's like -- growing up at RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] -- he said, ‘He was who we revered.' I said, ‘I know, but it's, like… apes! There are going to be guys in gray unitards. I'm not a good enough actor to do that. Literally, I'm just being honest.' He said, ‘I'm telling you. He brings it.'"
On what she didn't like about the shoot: "Taking those 3D cameras on location like that, it was so slow -- it was, like, the slowest thing. P.S., my major gripe the first month, which did take a lot of pride to get over, I went from doing The Americans, which is all this cat eyeliner and blown-out hair and stiletto boots and hoes and tight jeans, to working with all boys -- I was the only girl -- in mud for four months. No makeup, frizzy hair. Matt just kept going, ‘Can you wear your hair like Felicity? I just really like that.' I was like, ‘Like that? Like frizzy? Oh, Matt!' No makeup, because it's 10 years after there's no electricity. I'm like, ‘Where's my eyeliner!? This is the worst!'"