Simian aficionados are dying to know: When Planet of the Apes
auteur Tim Burton
said he wouldn't direct a sequel, was that really
his final word? Not according to actor Tim Roth
, who played shady General Thade.
"I think that depends on how he's feeling from day to day," Roth tells TV Guide Online with a grin. "You have to remember [Burton had wrapped] production and he was still cutting the film when he got on the plane to Tokyo to start doing press. He has not had a moment to himself!
"So when people talk to him about a sequel," the Apes star guesses, "the idea of that probably makes him scream. But maybe down the line. If he wanted me to come back and do one with him, I'd do it in a second. I loved playing [Thade] I think he's fascinating."
Meanwhile, Roth's doing another rotten turn as a one-eyed swashbuckler in The Musketeer
. "This isn't one for intellectual analysis," he laughs of the flick, which mainly finds him fencing with Calvin Klein
model Justin Chambers
. "Bloody awful, that was! If you're doing any kind of swordfighting in [an eyepatch], it's very dangerous because you lose your depth perception. At one point, I went to parry or thrust and his sword went right into my hand, because I got there too early. You think it's coming at you, but it's not arrived yet because you're only looking at it through one eye!"