Freida Pinto praises 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' director (Video)
"Slumdog Millionaire" actress Freida Pinto sings the praises of her "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt and said he made the film more "grounded."
"I'm excited for two people, as far as this film's concerned, and it's Andy Serkis and Rupert Wyatt," Pinto, 26, told OnTheRedCarpet.com co-host Chris Balish at the film's recent Los Angeles premiere.
"It's amazing to have an independent director come on-board and bring in whatever he has into a big budget film," she added. "It's always going to be different and it feels so much more grounded, so I'm very excited for Andy and Rupert."
Wyatt also helmed the 2008 thriller "The Escapist," which stars Joseph Fiennes. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is his biggest movie and hit theaters on August 5. The film, prequel to a hit big-screen franchise, depicts the power struggle of apes whose intelligence is boosted via human experimentation.
Serkis, who portrays Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" films and will appear in its upcoming two-part prequel, "The Hobbit," stars as Caesar, the leader of the apes. Pinto plays an expert in primate behavior, while James Franco portrays scientist Will Rodman.
The film also stars John Lithgow and Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" films - the last of which was released last month.
"It's different from what we've seen before - it's different from 'Planet of the Apes,'" Pinto told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other news outlets.
"We do not have talking apes in this film," she said. "We have the evolution, you know, we were talking about something that's more grounded and something that is more of a conflict today - so I guess something that kind of has importance in the presence always stands as something that will last for a longer time."
The visual effects team for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" uses performance-capture technology and won Academy Awards for all three "Lord of the Rings" films and "King Kong."
Pinto, an Indian actress, is best known for her portrayal of Latika in the 2008 Academy Award-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire," Pinto has been dating the film's star Dev Patel since 2009.
Pinto will next appear in the action film "Immortals" opposite Henry Cavill, star of the new "Superman" film reboot, Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff and "Twilight" actor Kellan Lutz.
She told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the recent San Diego Comic-Con that she was disappointed that she didn't have any fight scenes in the movie.
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
Check out a trailer for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" below.