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Edgar Rice Burroughs novels translate perfectly to movies and television. Not only John Carter, At the Earth’s Core, The Land that Time Forgot, and The People that Time Forgot, but 200 movies with Tarzan in the title have been released between 1918 and 2015.
The Legend of Tarzan stars Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan and Margot Robbie as Jane Porter. Does anyone else think of Jamie Pressly when they see Margot Robbie? Other cast members include Tarantino alumni Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson as well as John Hurt and Djimon Hounsou. The story takes place after Tarzan has been civilized in London. He is called back to the jungle to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament and winds up investigating the nefarious activities at a mining encampment.
Skarsgård is the latest in a long line Tarzans including Buster Crabbe, Johnny Weissmuller, Ron Ely, Lex Barker and Christopher Lambert. Bo Derek, Brenda Joyce, and Maureen O’Sullivan are a few of Margot Robbie’s predecessors.
One of the most memorable scenes in a Tarzan movie took place in 1934’s Tarzan and His Mate starring Johnny Weissmmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan. This version is considered a pre-code movie. Pre-code refers to the Motion Picture Production Code which was adopted in 1930 but started strict enforcement of censorship guidelines in mid-1934. Tarzan and His Mate made the pre-code cut and featured a scene where Jane Porter swims nude underwater with Tarzan. The nude swimmer was actually Maureen O’Sullivan’s Olympic swimmer and nudity stand-in, Josephine McKim. Somewhere below, you will find a video clip.
The 2016 version of Tarzan has a $180 Million budget with a lot of the wild “roller coaster ride” tree swinging and action sequences the 1999 Disney cartoon featured except a more realistic, non-cartoon version. If the trailer is any indication, the apes, at least in some scenes(and definitely not all) appear to be non-computed generated which is refreshing because they still haven’t made cg characters look 100% real yet. I am referring specifically to the scene in the trailer where a gorilla with her baby on her shoulder approaches baby Tarzan’s and puts a hand on the crib. That hand does not look computer generated and, if it is, they should pass some of that cg modeling, shading, and rendering technology to the Planet of the Apes franchise.
Anyway, Margot Robbie seems to be put together pretty well although she could use a little inner calf development, this is a physical culture site after all. Alexander Skarsgård, at 6’4″, is the right height to play the Tarzan character but should take it easy on the oblique work. Training the “core” to bring out the ab development is fine but when you go overboard on movements affecting the obliques you make the waist wider. You don’t want your lower waist to appear wider than your rib cage. You can also develop the serratus anterior and lower lats to make the ribcage appear a little thicker. That’s a no-charge a bodybuilding tip for Alexander Skarsgård. With the bread he likely forks out to his personal trainer he should slip Built Report a few of the folding green.
The Legend of Tarzan is scheduled for a July 1, 2016 release and can be seen in 2D, IMAX, 3D, and IMAX 3D which should be great for all those scenes involving flying through the jungle at 60 mph via vines.