Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Hail, Caesar!

by Rob - January 25th, 2009.
Filed under: PotA.

Hey, didja know that Gordon Jump — Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson himself from WKRP in Cincinnati — was in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes? He plays the auctioneer who sells Roddy McDowall’s Caesar to Governor Breck, saying:

Lot eight: one male chimpanzee in early prime and perfect physical condition. Under observation, appeared so familiar, obedient, docile and intelligent with humans that conditioning was not considered necessary, but can be provided on request. What am I bid for this superb specimen?

Well, Governor Breck’s got nothing on me! I just won an auction on eBay for this 12-inch fan-made resin statue of Caesar:

A statue, you say? That’s right — because the very last shot of the very last film in the series, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, of a statue of Caesar.

That original life-size statue lived for many years in Roddy McDowall’s garden, but he donated it to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, where it now stands serenely in the Roddy McDowall Memorial Rose Garden:

Unlike with Governor Breck, I don’t think my winning Caesar in an auction is ultimately going to cause my downfall … well, at least not until Carolyn finds out! ;)

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