‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’: Lombardo Boyar at the Saturn Awards

By June 27, 2014

Last night I attended the Saturn Awards red carpet when our own Clare Kramer came by. She was presenting an award and up for one with her film Big Ass Spider!, which won, of course! She brought over her Spider! co-star Lombardo Boyar, who you also know as the voice of Raul in Happy Feet. Boyar plays Terry in the upcoming film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which early reviews are calling spectacular. Check out what he has to say about his experience:

GeekNation: I am so ridiculously excited for this movie!

Lombardo Boyar: I know! Me, too! I was just saying this: I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and it was so great! When I got the audition for [Dawn], I was so pumped. As an actor, you always fantasize about getting the role, and I did really well, but you never know. But I got the part! It’s one of those dream jobs! So, it’s like, I’m in the trailer right now and you look up and there’s Koba’s weapon. It’s so amazing!

GeekNation: What was the audition like?

Lombardo Boyar: I went in and it was all hush hush. They wouldn’t tell you what you were doing. They said, “Oh, there’s a threat and it’s really big.” That’s all they told us. It was great! I have two really big things in it. Two fantastic plot points. I worked with one of the meanest apes in the movie. That’s the hint.

GeekNation: Were you a fan of the franchise beforehand?

Lombardo Boyar: Oh yeah. Tim Burton, I love you, but I didn’t like his, though I’m a big fan. I’m a huge fan of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Like I said, it’s amazing to be in it. To work in stop-motion and 3-D at the same time. It’s a lot of work…luckily I had just done Big Ass Spider!, which is what I’m here for. You know, there is no big ass spider [laughs] so I was kind of trained. It was great training for this. We had to shoot it with the actor who was playing the ape, and then they bring in this thing called, “monkey balls,” I s— you not, that they wave around everywhere to kind of get the shots down, and then we have to shoot the entire scene without the actor there. There are invisible strings with little pieces of tapes to show where the actor was. It was like two weeks for two scenes!

GeekNation: Now we also have to talk about Big Ass Spider! because…we happen to know someone in the film!

Lombardo Boyar: You mean, the beautiful and wonderful and voluptuous Clare Kramer? I love her! I’m a huge fan!

Don’t miss Boyar in the new series “Murder in the First” on TNT!




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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.