Slightly obscure in monkey movie circles is the movie Project X staring Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt. Interestingly enough Virgil the sign language speaking Chimp is actually still alive as of 2011 at a primary sanctuary. He’s aged, and balding, but so are his costars. Twenty-five years later the chimp is apparently still causing trouble with his friends:
Today, Willie, Harry and Okko, all from Twentieth Century Fox, live together in a troop of five energetic male chimpanzees, which includes Chobe and KoKo Michaels. Within this tightly balanced group, Willie’s significant ally is Okko, the leader of the group, although Harry remains a close friend. For years, Okko’s authority was backed by Willie, but in recent months Willie has settled into neutrality.
Two quarreling chimpanzees can stimulate 25 other chimpanzees to scream as they watch every detail of a dispute. The anger-management counselor in Willie’s group is Harry, who will run back and forth trying to settle arguments.
Pretty cool to see they are still taken care of all these years later.
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Project X was my favorite movie, White Fang a close 2nd.
This is 2017, is Willie still living today?
Would love to know if they are still alive in 2017
They are at Primarily Primates in Texas.
There were 15 chimps in the movie but only 10 were cited in the credits. Five went to Primarily Primate. What happened to the other 10?
If anyone knows please comment.