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Exclusive: Keri Russell talks new film 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

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Fox's latest epic "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" hits theaters today on July 11, 2014 and Examiner.com had the opportunity to speak with the film's star Keri Russell about playing Ellie. For the project, she reunited with "Felicity" creator Matt Reeves. We caught up with the cast at a special screening of the film at Williamsburg Cinemas.

You are having a great year.

It's been a great year. I love summer and I'm not working this summer - other than doing this press and it's just been really fun. I've been spending time with my kids and swimming and riding my bike.

Speak about working with actors who were using motion capture technology.

It's a unique experience I have never been involved with something quite at this level of 3D. The saving grace is you have have people like Andy Serkis. He's as an actor - magnificent. So there is an anxiety going into it like "Oh God, I'm going to be acting with this grown man in a unitard making ape noises, what's this going to be like?" And the truth is, five minutes into it, you're just doing a scene with someone who is wildly talented, so you're just looking at his eyes and listening him and you're into it.

What do you do in your trailer in between takes?

There wasn't a lot of trailer action on this one because we were out in the woods a lot, so I would always have a pile of books and find a little mossy perch somewhere.

Can you speak about reuniting with Matt Reeves and what you admire about him?

Love it so much. It has been the best part of this whole job. In fact, he called me I did not want to work last summer, and I would do anything to work with him. I was like "Matt this timing is not good." And he said, "Just come do this." And you know these big summer movies definitely have a place and they are fun, but I was like, I don't know what that's gonna be. But the truth is, I read the script and it absolutely has what Matt always has in a story even all those years ago on "Felicity," which are these really intimate stories of people trying to brave and be truthful to each other and saying these hard things and as I was reading the script even though it was this giant 3D extravaganza about apes and humans fighting, it still had those moments that caught me and that's what sold me.

We also spoke with Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar.

Tell us about your character.

He has a family. He has a wife, he has a teenage son. He has a counsel of apes. Some of which are sort of connected to him, some of which don't believe in him as a leader. He is now trying to solve issues in terms of finding a peaceful solution to an escalating conflict. He has got the pressures of being a big leader. He is a politician, but also remains true to himself. And also he's an internally conflicted person and ape because he does reflect both humanity and "apedom".

Do you think politicians can learn from this character?

I think Caesar is one of the most empathic character's that I have played. And I think that is the key to successful leadership, which is being able to keep your ears open at all times.

The film is now playing. Be sure to check it out. It is a visual wonder.

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