Teague will be portraying Cornelius, the son of Ceaser (played by Andy Serkis), a messianic ape figure from the previous three “Planet of the Apes” films. In an interview with Teague expressed his excitement about working with Serkis, stating that he had been inspired by him and considered him a significant influence in his decision to become an actor.
Teague described the experience of playing Cornelius as a dream come true and the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. However, he admitted that the most challenging aspect was adjusting to wearing a motion capture suit throughout the day, with a camera attached to his head. Serkis, known for his extensive motion capture work, reassured Teague that he would become accustomed to it and stop worrying about it after the first week, which turned out to be true.
Teague shared that he quickly adapted to playing a motion capture character, finding it liberating and akin to wearing another costume. He expressed his desire to continue exploring such roles in the future.
The actor credited Wes Ball, the director of the film, for making it easier to envision scenes by providing visual descriptions and effectively painting a picture for the cast. The supportive atmosphere among the cast members also contributed to the smooth filming process.
Teague revealed that the unique aspect of “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” was how the actors immersed themselves in their roles to the point of considering themselves “the apes.” As a result, the film’s world became vividly real to everyone involved, and they created a detailed and immersive experience for themselves.
Unlike previous projects, Teague expressed great confidence in the visual outcome of “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.” Typically, after shooting wraps up, he would be uncertain about how the final product would turn out, acknowledging the significant role of editing.
However, this time, he felt genuinely excited and believed that they had created something truly remarkable. Despite his hopefulness, Teague acknowledged that if the film did not meet expectations, he would feel rather foolish, but he expressed complete confidence in the entire team working on the project.