Humberto Fontova

Here’s Rupert Wyatt, director of the blockbuster movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes in a recent interview: “(the script) had become very different and much more exciting to me. It became less a story of domesticization of a pet and more about an uprising and a Che Guevara story.”

Here’s the Associated Press review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes: “Raised much like a human child by a researcher, with help from a veterinarian, Caesar becomes a Che Guevara-style revolutionary, leading a rebellion of apes against their human oppressors.”

Ground control to Director Wyatt: In fact, the only genuinely popular rebellion in Cuba in the 20th Century was against Che Guevara’s regime, among the most oppressive in modern history which mandates (under penalty of prison or firing squad) what its subjects read, say, earn, eat (both substance and amount) , where they live, travel or work. Wyatt’s inspiration for a freedom-fighter co-founded a regime that jailed at a higher rate Stalin’s during the Great Terror and murdered more its subjects in its first three years in power than did Hitler’s in its first six.

In 1959, with the help of Soviet KGB and GRU agents, Rupert Wyatt’s hero against “oppression” helped found, train and indoctrinate Cuba’s secret police. "Always interrogate your prisoners at night," Che Guevara ordered his goons. "A man’s resistance is always lower at night." In 1957 this worldwide symbol of “’anti-imperialism” (who often signed his letters as “Stalin II”) cheered the Soviet invasion of Hungary with its wholesale slaughter of Hungarian freedom-fighting guerrillas. All through the horrifying Soviet massacre, Che dutifully parroted the Soviet script that the workers, peasants and college kids battling Russian tanks in Budapest with small arms and Molotov cocktails were all: "Fascists and CIA agents!” who all deserved prompt execution.

“Caesar is shown to be compassionate, forbidding his followers from killing innocent humans. “ (Wikipedia on Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Ground control to Director Wyatt: “When in doubt—execute! “raved your inspiration for compassion. “Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail. I don't need proof to execute a man. I only need proof that it's necessary to execute him. We execute from revolutionary conviction! To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow!"

Now here’s Andy Serkis, with the leading role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes: “I play the character from a child through to a Che Guevara type--How cool is that!”

Humberto Fontova

Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit