MTV:It must also be nice to see yourself in a movie without Draco Malfoy's bleached-blond hair.
Felton:It's funny you say that, because the first time we went out to Vancouver for the screen tests, they had me there in the outfit and [director] Rupert was like, "I like it, but you need blond hair. I need you to look Californian." I was like, "Seriously? Really?" He was like, "Yes!" And I was like, "OK, if that's what you want." Then he digged me in the ribs and [said] he was just winding me up. So we got off to a good start, me and Rupert. But he was the first one to say we want you looking as different as possible. That was nice, because he wanted me based on what he'd seen previously in "Potter" but also something completely different.
MTV:It was also nice to see the tone wasn't jokey but rather dark and serious.
Felton:It was quite dark. I love that. A lot of people, when you say "Apes," they think of Tim Burton's one and [think] that is what this one is going to be like. It couldn't be further from the truth. This movie is set in the world that we know, rather than some alien-like planet. It's not that it's scary, but it is so much more realistic. There's a real sense that it could actually happen
MTV:This is what would happen if you put James Franco in charge of a lab of apes.
Felton:Oh, you know it. You know it! All hell would break loose.
MTV:There'd been basically radio silence on "Apes," and then photos and video started to roll out a few weeks ago, followed by the trailer, which got a very positive reaction.
Tom Felton:Yeah, through Twitter I could tell the reactions were good. And just my own reaction as a fan, when I see a trailer like that, I get very excited. I watched it a hundred times. The special effects are ridiculous. The first question when I showed it to my friends was, "Wow, how did they get the monkeys so well trained?" I'm like, "None of them were real!" It's quite weird to see so much CG effects in the real world, not some computer-generated world like "Avatar."