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Exclusive - Rise of the Apes: Interview with Freida Pinto

It’s official without an official announcement being made: Freida Pinto has been cast in the Planet of the Apes reboot, Rise of the Apes, where she’ll join fellow cast members James Franco and John Lithgow. Earth’s Mightiest had the opportunity to catch up with the actress ever so briefly to discuss the film.
Pinto, who has just wrapped production of Tarsem Singh’s Greek Gods adventure Immortals and who became an instant star with Slumdog Millionaire, reflects on what she looks for in the characters she chooses to play, and her general feelings about Rise of the Apes.

The film deals with a scientist (James Franco), who, in his attempts to find a cure for Alzheimer's, which his father (John Lithgow) is suffering from, attempts genetic experimentations on an ape named Caesar, inadvertently sets into motion a series of events that will result in the downfall of humanity. Pinto plays a primatologist named Caroline.

“What I try to do with my characters is to bring something different to all of them. Sometimes just being yourself can bring out the uniqueness of whatever it is,” Pinto explains. “For Rise of the Apes, I auditioned for it without reading the entire script. I don’t remember when it was that I watched Planet of the Apes, but it was ages ago. When I read what the story was about – and the idea of the film is out there – I really thought that, yes, it was a big budget film and all of that, but it really had a soul in the kind of story that they really wanted to put out there. It’s a battle between humans and apes with humans trying to make themselves superior by exploiting another animal.

“I just thought that there was a lot of soul to it,” she adds. “When I read the script, finally, after auditioning, I found myself even more drawn to it. I also like films with a lot of animals in it, and what happens to animals really does break my heart.”

Rise of the Apes is scheduled to reach theatres in June of 2011.

To check out a video of Freida Pinto's photo shoot for Complex Magazine, as well as a new photo gallery, just click below to be brought to the "Gratuitous Babes" page.

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Awesome stuff Ed, tell me, did you get this interview face to face? If so, I'm jealous:(
Cassidy - 6/25/2010, 10:55 AM
Yes, it was indeed face to face.
EdGross - 6/25/2010, 11:21 AM
I too am jealous, she is so hot. Still not sold on the remake/reboot/requel or whatever their calling it
THESWOF - 6/25/2010, 11:58 AM
Ass to face would of been better but Well done Ed :D
teabag - 6/25/2010, 2:22 PM
I hate sounding like a fanboy, but I'm gonna go ahead and be a fanboy. God I'm am so in love with this woman it's ridiculous. From what I've read from interviews and such, she's like one of the very, very few Indian chicks out there without an ego, and she's an Indian actress without an ego, so that's even more rare, AND she's a gorgeous Indian actress without an ego... well you get the point. God damn Ed, you lucky S.O.B.

Oh and I can kinda excited to see the new Planet of the Apes movie. Anyways, nice interview Ed. I would love to be able to get interviews and stories the way you do, but knowing me I'd probably be hitting on Ms. Pinto more than actually interviewing her ^^; Not exactly professional...
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