One of the actors who made his name playing Tarzan in the 1980s has questioned the direction the 2016 update has taken.
Christopher Lambert may now be best known for playing Connor MacLeod in the Highlander films but his first major role in an English-language film came in 1984’s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.
Directeed by Hugh Hudson, fresh from Chariots of Fire, and featuring Ian Holm, James Fox and a young Andie MacDowell, the film continues to have a cult following and was actually the first Tarzan movie to ever be nominated for an academy award.
Having got his big break in Hollywood, in part, because of his breakout turn as the titular character, Lambert is fairly attached to the film and direction taken by Hudson.
Which is perhaps why he is skeptical about the 2016 update staring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie.
“If Tarzan had been just an action movie, then you may as go back to Johnny Weissmuller”
Speaking exclusively to loaded ahead of the release of a new 4k restoration of Highlander on DVD and Blu-Ray, Lambert admitted that, while he had yet to see the film, he was unsure about the direction taken.
“Look, it’s not for me to judge. It’s been 32 years since my version. They clearly didn’t want go the way Hugh [Hudson] did with Greystoke. They wanted to go pure action movie,” he said.
Yet, in doing so, Lambert feels they may have missed out on an opportunity.
“What was interesting about Greystoke was the duality of the character,” he explains.
“Bringing someone who was raised by apes out of the jungle and putting this guy into civilization. That was what attracted me to Greystoke.”
“If Tarzan had been just an action movie, then you may as go back to Johnny Weissmuller,” he added, in a reference to the star of the Tarzan films made popular 1930s and 40s.
“Then again, it’s difficult to judge”
The 4k restored version of Highlander is available to download now available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday July 11.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.