Skip to comments.Rise of the Planet of Apes Hero Inspired by Che Guevara
Posted on 08/12/2011 8:24:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
Heres Rupert Wyatt, director of the blockbuster movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes in a recent interview: (the script) had become very different and much more exciting to me. It became less a story of domesticization of a pet and more about an uprising and a Che Guevara story.
Heres the Associated Press review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Raised much like a human child by a researcher, with help from a veterinarian, Caesar becomes a Che Guevara-style revolutionary, leading a rebellion of apes against their human oppressors.
Ground control to Director Wyatt: In fact, the only genuinely popular rebellion in Cuba in the 20th Century was against Che Guevaras regime, among the most oppressive in modern history which mandates (under penalty of prison or firing squad) what its subjects read, say, earn, eat (both substance and amount) , where they live, travel or work. Wyatts inspiration for a freedom-fighter co-founded a regime that jailed at a higher rate Stalins during the Great Terror and murdered more its subjects in its first three years in power than did Hitlers in its first six.
In 1959, with the help of Soviet KGB and GRU agents, Rupert Wyatts hero against oppression helped found, train and indoctrinate Cubas secret police. "Always interrogate your prisoners at night," Che Guevara ordered his goons. "A mans resistance is always lower at night." In 1957 this worldwide symbol of anti-imperialism (who often signed his letters as Stalin II) cheered the Soviet invasion of Hungary with its wholesale slaughter of Hungarian freedom-fighting guerrillas. All through the horrifying Soviet massacre, Che dutifully parroted the Soviet script that the workers, peasants and college kids battling Russian tanks in Budapest with small arms and Molotov cocktails were all: "Fascists and CIA agents! who all deserved prompt execution.
Caesar is shown to be compassionate, forbidding his followers from killing innocent humans. (Wikipedia on Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Ground control to Director Wyatt: When in doubtexecute! raved your inspiration for compassion. Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail. I don't need proof to execute a man. I only need proof that it's necessary to execute him. We execute from revolutionary conviction! To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow!"
Now heres Andy Serkis, with the leading role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes: I play the character from a child through to a Che Guevara type--How cool is that!
Ground control to Andy Serkis: Che Guevara had a very bloody (and typically cowardly) hand in one of the major anti-insurgency wars in this hemisphere. Most of these Cuban anti-communist guerrillas were executed on the spot upon capture, a Che specialty. For my book I interviewed several of the lucky (genuine) rebels who managed to escape the slaughter. "We fought with the fury of cornered beasts," I titled the chapter, using the phrase one used to describe their desperate freedom fight against the Soviet occupation of Cuba through their Stalinist proxies the Castro brothers and Che Guevara.
Mass murder was the order in Cuba's countryside. It was the only way to decimate so many rebels. These country folk went after the Castroites with a ferocity that saw Fidel and Che running to their Soviet sugar daddies and tugging their pants in panic. Carlos Machado was 15 years old in 1963 when the bullets from the Communist firing squad shattered his body. His twin brother and father collapsed beside Carlos from the same volley. All had resisted Castro and Ches theft of their humble family farm, all refused blindfolds and all died sneering at their Communist murderers, as did thousands of their valiant countrymen.
Heres one other thing that sets Rise apart: its smart. This isnt just an angry ape who wants more bananas, but a brave and canny hero who, having been given super intelligence by his scientist guardian, resolves to use it for the advancement of his species. Hes a rebel, a fighter, a simian Che Guevara.
Ground control to Director Wyatt: the men who captured your canny hero with super intelligence in Bolivia seem convinced he was unable to apply a compass reading to a map. Under Ches own gun dozens of defenseless men and boys died. Under his orders thousands crumpled, mostly bound and gagged. At everything else Che Guevara failed abysmally, even comically. During his Bolivian guerrilla campaign, Che split his forces whereupon they got hopelessly lost and bumbled around, half-starved, half-clothed and half-shod, without any contact with each other for 6 months before being wiped out. They spent much of the time walking in circles and were usually within a mile of each other. During this blundering they often engaged in ferocious firefights against each other. You hate to laugh at anything associated with Che, who murdered so many defenseless men and boys, says Felix Rodriguez, the Cuban-American CIA officer who played a key role in tracking him down in Bolivia. But when it comes to Che as guerrilla you simply cant help but guffaw.
Heres Rupert Wyatt from a recent interview: I think the (film directors) Christopher Nolans of the world have really allowed filmmakers to explore things in a more thoughtful way. If I have the opportunity to make further films, the hope that I have is to really explore wonderful themes.
Ground Control to Director Wyatt: Thank your lucky stars you were born in England in 1972 instead of in Cuba around 1940. Your symbol of freedom jailed and exiled most of Cuba's best writers, poets and filmmakers while converting Cuba's press and cinemaat Soviet-gunpointinto propaganda agencies for a Stalinist regime.
Che, a mentally disturbed doctor who adopted a God complex. He took the lives of people he disagreed with.
From hating to eliminating isn't a large jump for the typical leftist.
The commercials for this movie irritate me, I didn't plan on seeing it.
Was he an md?
After Che had reliably murdered all of Castro's domestic opposition, of course. Che was the most useful of all of Castro's idiots as well as the most vicious
che was evil.
certainly not worthy of the adoration found on college campi.
Che Guevara = communist mass murder hunted down and killed by US Special Forces...
I found an old interview with Mad Mike Hoare who fought him in the Congo, and he said that Che literally had no idea what he was doing. They had intercepted all of his radio communication and simply were able to ambush them at any time they poked their commie heads out of the bushes.
When I saw the trailer I had to laugh, because for the apes to have taken over the 2nd amendment would have had to been overturned.
Plus given the amount of sheer numbers of humans vs. Apes, the apes wouldn’t have lasted very long.
Yes, he graduated from medical school, but he never practiced.
I bet this director wasn`t talking like this around the studio. Considering the 2-part mega-bomb Steve Soderbergh bio of Guevera that came out a couple years back, Hollywood likes to talk about Che, but they still want all that nice capitalism filling their bank accounts.
Darn, I had been looking forward to seeing this one. Another movie ruined by Hollywood ideals...
Never bought the premises of the Ape storyline.
1. No rational explanation why we have so many apes of all kinds. We don’t do that level of experimentation and science studies on THAT MANY apes. Why we’d use them as servants or work animals - again, no real world reasons why.
2. The takeover of the entire planet by the apes. THe nukes wipe out almost all the humans, who are still way mentally advanced, but the apes somehow thrive in the radioactive aftermath?
3. The whole ‘everything goes the apes way’ in the overthrow scenes. Humans can’t win even one one on one fight with vastly better weapons and training despite not being physically as strong as apes. Leaps and falls that these animals would not survive, they survive. Too much suspension of willful disbelief required.
4. The idea that we have to nuke the whole planet to get the apes. Back in the 70s the idea of small tactical nukes was not thought of and wouldn’t have required turning the planet into a mess and destroying civilization.
5. No real reason for humans to be so mean to apes. Further no real reason why EVERYONE is so blind in underestimating the apes’ abilities - storyline requires it but it’s unrealistic. Why the very people in charge of geting them to work on things and get things done would see them as so stupid and a source of abuse, don’t make sense. Unless mom was raped by an ape or something.
6. Always thought this storyline was a thin veneer for slavery/black uprising and revolution against whitey. Don’t get me wrong I like Chuck Heston and the first movie, but as they made more movies, prequels, etc, seems like that’s what it is.
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