It’s hard to believe but when James Franco was shooting his upcoming starring role in the summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he wasn’t James Franco as you think of him now. We had yet to see his Oscar-nominated performance in 127 Hours, he had yet to awkwardly host that same show and he wasn’t attached to virtually every single major film in pre-production. He was just a solid, well-known actor set to play Will Rodman, a scientist who mistakenly raises and creates the ape that will eventually destroy all humans. While on the set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Franco was predictably busy, so he was only able to give us a few minutes of his time. Read what he had to say about the role, the legacy of the series and the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition DVDs after the jump.