Stuntman Terry Notary didn't always walk like an ape.
A few days into rehearsals on 2000's live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas, his first-ever movie gig, Notary was tasked by director Ron Howard with performing the Whoville acrobatics. He took the assignment a step further: Not only would the Whos train in the art of Cirque du Soleil, the performers bringing the fictional population to life would have a specific way of walking and talking as though bound by a common gene pool. Howard loved the idea and gave Notary an entire studio -- full of trampolines, nets, and presents -- to create a "Who School," where he would spend two months preparing.
Nearly 10 years later, "Who School" evolved into "Ape Camp" in service of the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise, and Notary himself has developed into a professorial movement choreographer. For the third and latest installment, War for the Planet of the Apes, his simian boot camp in Vancouver, Canada trained more than 20 actors for six weeks in the art of simian strutting. Despite the motion-capture enhancements available today, Notary, who straps on a gray body suit to play the chimpanzee Rocket in the series, continues to preach the fundamentals when it comes to rehearsing with his group of learning apes.