While there's much to take home after the film – the return of an iconic primate, an inevitable battle with Godzilla, gorgeous scenery of Vietnam and clearly edited action sequences, only one item is worth the weight.
Nope, it’s not Tom Hiddleston. Or even acting luminaries like Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly or Samuel L. Jackson.
Why? Well, without him, this film is Kong-less.
Creation blessed Earth (and moviedom) with Notary’s presence on Aug. 14, 1968 in San Rafael, California. Other than acting, he is also a stunt coordinator, stunt double and movement coach.
His first motion-capture effort was Avatar, where he taught the cast how to (literally) walk the Na’vi way. He was also Jake Sully's banshee.
Notary then met his true form in Rise of the Planet of Apes.
He understood what it's like to be an ape.
“We watched a lot of gorilla videos with the signing and a lot of the just physical language of chimps that have been held in cages and sanctuaries basically. That have been experimented on for 20-30 years and then just cast away. They’re just basically prisoners." – Notary said in an interview.
Obviously, he continued to stay ape for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and gave us this gem:
Now, your reaction is either:
See the legendary Notary again in, unsurprisingly, War for the Planet of the Apes this July.
Kong: Skull Island is in theaters now. Forget the other beast – this one is the real(-er) deal.
(insert chest-thumping emoji)