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"And as for Caesar, kneel down, kneel down and wonder."
―Charles Rodman to infant Caesar, quoting Shakespeare [src]

Charles Rodman was the father of the late Will Rodman, and the surrogate human grandfather of Caesar. Years after his death, he posthumously became the adoptive human great-grandfather of Caesar's two young sons, Blue Eyes and Cornelius.

Biography

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Suffering From Alzheimer's

Once a talented pianist and professional music teacher who earned a honorary certificate, Charles began to suffer from Alzheimer's Disease, which his son (either through coincidence or design) researched a cure for at the Gen-Sys Laboratories. He had been cared for by a nurse named Irena, but she eventually couldn't stand Charles' behavior due to Alzheimer's Disease and believed that he was better off at a shelter.

Adopting Caesar and Temporary Recovery

Although trials of the "ALZ-112" were called off, Will secretly stole canisters of the drug and adopted the baby chimpanzee that Charles named Caesar, who had been exposed to the drug via the embryo. Three years later, noticing its effects on Caesar, he administered the drug to Charles, who immediately recovered his mental abilities and was once again able to play the piano. For five years they lived a happy life, with Charles taking care of Caesar when the chimpanzee was a newborn.

Relapse of Disease

Charles came on bad terms with a neighbor named Douglas Hunsiker on two occasions. The first time was when Hunsiker used a baseball bat in an attempt to strike Caesar when he entered his garage to ride a bicycle, with Charles hesitantly stating, "He just wanted to play". The second and worst time was when Charles, having become resistant to the ALZ-112 and suffering once again from Alzheimer's, got into Hunsiker's car and tried to drive it, damaging the front and back by bumping into the cars it was parked between. Hunsiker grabbed Charles out of his car and decided to call the police. Charles tried to grab the cell phone away from Hunsiker and explain. Caesar saw the situation through a window and although not aware of why Hunsiker was angry at Charles, was aware that his grandfather figure was being threatened. To save him, Caesar attacked Hunsiker. After Caesar bit Hunsiker's finger off, Charles yelled at Caesar to stop. This was their last moment together when Caesar and Charles hugged each other, fearing what consequences awaited Caesar.

Death

After Ceasar's incarceration at the San Bruno Primate Shelter, Charles' condition continued to deteriorate. Later, Will tried to test the ALZ-113 on Charles, but he refused and died the next morning from Alzheimer's. It is unknown if Charles had some suspicions of the devastating effects of the ALZ-113 on humans, or if he figured it was his son's time to let him die naturally.

Legacy

Due to his good nature and practically helping raise Caesar throughout the latter's childhood, Charles served as one of the main reasons that Caesar was able to see genuine goodness in humans, which is why, despite being untrusting of most humans, still held an amount of compassion and respect towards them. This is further shown when he allowed Malcolm and his small group to work on a dam to restore power to their colony in San Francisco, allowing him to see good qualities in other humans and use it as an opportunity to make a potential peace with them.

Personality

Despite suffering from Alzheimer's, Charles was a kind-hearted man who greatly loved his only son, Will. He immediately took a liking to the baby chimpanzee he and Will later named Caesar and said a seemingly prophetic line from Caesar's namesake, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar text. He also came to think of Caroline as a daughter and Caesar as a grandson as shown when visibly he was distraught when Caesar was taken away and placed in the primate shelter.

Relationships

Notes

  • An earlier version of the script used the character name "Walter Rodman", who had earned diplomas in physics and astronomy in his younger days. In his state of confusion, Walter often addresses Will as "John", but Will reminds him that "John is gone". After Walter's death, Will looks at an old photo showing Walter with two teenage sons.
  • It is possible that the character's name, and medical condition, may be a homage to Charlton Heston, the original lead actor in the Planet of the Apes universe, who was also diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease several years before his death.

Trivia

  • It is likely that Charles never got to see Caesar before his death as he is not mentioned after he dies. It is also unknown whether Will told Caesar that Charles had died.
  • Christopher Walken, Tim Conway and Robert Englund were considered for the role of Charles.

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References


Planet of the Apes - Chernin Entertainment Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis
Families
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Animals
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of the Muir Woods Park | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
Caesar's Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys
Locations
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse | The Border
Comics
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man
Novels
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Soundtracks
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes
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