To prepare for the recent remake of King Kong, director Peter Jackson and actor Andy Serkis spent weeks studying gorillas in the wild and in zoos. And their efforts paid off--gorilla experts say the behavior displayed by Kong, especially in the movie's quiet scenes, are very accurate.
According to Steve Ross of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo:
"Physically, he's almost perfect. Behaviorally, I think they're pretty close," Ross said. "It was like a gorilla that was overacting. You don't see that range of emotion very often from a gorilla."
However, to make the movie more exciting, the film shows Kong as far more aggressive than a real gorilla would be. Some animal experts fear that this simply reinforces common misconceptions about gorillas.
And, oh yeah, no gorilla is anywhere close to 25 feet tall. Its bones would collapse under that much weight.