At the time Charles built "Sultan", he had reached the zenith of his gorilla creating career.
Bob Burns and I have spoken numerous times about the striking realism Charlie was able to achieve in this, his last gorilla suit.
Sultan featured not only the most realistic appearance ever achieved in a Hollywood gorilla, but included water filled bladders concealed in the suit, in areas where the actual heft of a real gorilla would have movement, the chest and belly for instance.
The realism of the face went unchallenged into the late 60's and early seventies.
If you were to say; what about Planet of the Apes ?
I would have to point out that while the ape make-ups were state of the art and utterly realistic,
they were still a blending of human characteristics and apes .
If you put General Ursus and Sultan next to a real gorilla, and asked people which looked most like the real gorilla, Sultan would win hands down.
But Sultan was the last of a long line of Gemora gorillas, who have all been from the very first gorilla Charlie ever made , to the last, always ahead of the pack in terms of realism .
Here, for your enjoyment is a collection of the many fearsome faces of Gemoras Gorillas !
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