Acting Matters to David Thomson, Discuss

The cover of David Thomson's beguiling new book, Why Acting Matters, features Andy Serkis as Caesar, the rebel ape from Matt Reeves's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), looking at us from some primitive threshold: preoccupied, questioning, stuck on some decision. Do we believe him to be Caesar? How else does his otherness reach us? How many want their lovers to look at them the way Naomi Watts looks up at Serkis as King Kong (2005), even though we all know she's flirting with some scrawny British actor miming against a green screen (for CGI dubbing)? How did we arrive at such elaborate pretending?... (continued at National Memo)