"I wanted it to be ‘The Godfather’ with apes. Just the way that movie is this grand Shakespearean story set in the gangster world, but it’s truly about family. It’s really a king and his sons. I wanted this to be a king and his sons, but I also wanted it to be about two families: a human family that was trying to repair itself after a grand tragedy, and an ape family that was really in its ascendancy. To have it be a story about whether or not they could coexist. That family aspect of it was part of the conception." — Talked to Matt Reeves about “Apes.” It’s great.
"It was a throwback, oddly enough, kind of like the original version of ‘A Star Is Born.’ There’s a mentorship there that responds to the talent. It isn’t about sex or love. Today, it would be so quick to blur that relationship and to make it sexualized. But here you’re like, ‘How novel! They don’t fuck!’ I longed for that a little bit, just for the feeling of being original and off the beaten path. It’s so much more satisfying in a weird way, too, in the fact that it isn’t satisfied." — Spoke to Mark Ruffalo about “Begin Again” and Kase was jealous.