“The Colonel is a guy who believes, maybe rightly or wrongly, the only way that humanity will survive is that if the apes don’t. So he is an enemy of the apes,” Harrelson tells Made in Hollywood reporter Patrik Stinson. “That really sets up this whole contest between Caesar and the colonel and his soldiers.”
And what a contest it is. Taking place three years after “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes clash with an army of humans led by the The Colonel, forcing Caesar to wrestle with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
“An event happens at the beginning of the movie that sends him off,” explains Serkis. “He suffers a personal loss, and sends him off on a trajectory of hate and rage and revenge.”
It’s a performance that had Harrelson blown away.
“There’s times I would do a scene with him and I’d be like: What he does is so deep,” the actor says. “It’s the depth of feeling that really connects to an audience. And he goes deep.”