There’s a lot of history under the bridge for this one, which I will recapitulate very quickly and thinly, because really, if you want the history of a movie series, choose Wikipedia, not me. I couldn’t tell you much about Planet of the Apes anyway.
Anywho, Planet of the Apes began as a five-film series in 1968, spanning the five films until concluding with Battle for the Planet of the Apes in 1973. There was also a short-lived, if I remember correctly, tv series as well.
In the films Charlton Heston starred as George Taylor, an American astronaut who returns to Earth to find it dominated by an advanced primate species, which if you think about, is almost the history of Detroit, save the advanced part.
Then and now. Now Mark Wahlberg is no Charlton Heston. In fact he’s no Donnie Wahlberg, either, who had enough sense to stay the fuck out of most films. So ,Wahlberg comes along for the unwanted, unneeded reboot, helmed by Tim Brton and co-starred by, yep, you guessed it, Helena Bonham Carter as an evolved ape.
Now,in an interview for Transformers: The Last Knight on the U.K.’s The Graham Norton Show, Wahlberg says real primates were used in the making of the Planet of the Apes reboot, and as it turns out, they weren’t the most pleasant co-stars in the world:
The monkeys, no, they were the worst … They wanted us to get acclimated with the chimps, and anytime I would go near (co-star Helena Bonham Carter), the chimps would start attacking me. They’d start like trying to punch me in the nuts, like my 5-year-old-son. Like really bad, like nonstop. … The chimps were constantly trying to attack me.
My take: kind of makes up for Wahlberg busting a man’s eyeball out of his head when he was younger, eh?