Big Chimp

Steven McCombe

Roles:Dinosaur, Jungle Native Chief
Crew:New York Footage, Primate News Graphics, Props

Interview

1.Where are you from?
Originally Workington on the west coast of Cumbria. I now live in London.

2.How did you get involved in Big Chimp?
I've been involved in several films by Foiled Productions so when the idea of a King Kong spoof came up, I jumped on board.

3.What filmmaking experience did you have before making Big Chimp?
I was the Green Man in Foiled, Darth McMaul in The Jedi Who Loved Me, a killer Zombie in Sunday Night Zombies, The Count in Fluffy the English Vampire Slayer and both a dinosaur and jungle native in Big Chimp. I've a lot of experience of being different colours and putting on hammy accents!

4.What was the most difficult thing about playing Dinosaur?
Facial gestures! No, seriously - it was very hard to see what I was doing and Big Chimp was a big fella who liked to fight. I'm surprised I didn't break my neck.

5.What's your favourite film featuring an ape / monkey / gorilla / chimpanzee / orangutan, and why?
I just love the original Planet of the Apes and I'm looking forward to the new film. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle the 70s cartoon also a special place in my heart

6.Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself.
I don't normally cry at films, but all 3 versions of King Kong have had me in tears at the end when the big fella falls off the Empire State Building.

7.What have you been up to since filming Big Chimp in 2006?
I graduated from University with a degree in Animation, got married on a volcano, did a bit of travelling and ended up moving to London where I work for a university teaching video making.

8.Any plans for the future?
To win the Oscar for Short Animated film, to do a lot more travelling and hopefully more acting.

9.What's your favourite memory from the Big Chimp shoot?
The very end when Big Chimp is 'distracted' it was the funniest thing I've ever seen.

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