Gary Oldman and Keri Russell on ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’: ‘It’s not tragic’

Gary Oldman said that taking a part in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was a way of becoming “part of cinema history.”

“Such a pedigree,” the British actor told HitFix during our interview at WonderCon in Anaheim last month.

He and co-star Keri Russell were hand as two of the “human” characters in “Dawn,” whose struggle is dealing with simply keeping their civilization alive after a virus wipes much of humanity out. “To co-exist,” as Russell put it, with the apes, and though the original “Planet of the Apes” is what “Dawn” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is verging toward, this story “is not tragic.”

Watch the full interview above as Russell and Oldman talk about their characters Ellie and Dreyfus, respectively, and more on the “rest period” that is the “Dawn.”

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is out on July 11. Check out more on that film and more summer blockbusters in our Most Anticipated Summer Movies of 2014 list.