Silas Lesnick at ComingSoon.net has a good article with some excellent thoughts from Alexander Skarsgard about Tarzan’s state of mind in Legend of Tarzan. Check this out:
“He’s a celebrity,” says Skarsgard of where we’re finding his Tarzan when the new film begins. “He’s the Ape Man. The man who grew up in the jungle. He doesn’t like being famous. He doesn’t like being called Tarzan. He doesn’t like who he was and he’s afraid of who he was back in the jungle and what he’s capable of. He made some powerful enemies back there. He’s afraid of what he’s done back there. He used to be a very violent man and he doesn’t want to revert back to that.”
I’m trying to think about how that matches up with the books. Pretty well, I think. I recall that in the Son of Tarzan, Jane has pretty much forbidden any talk of Africa because she and Greystoke are afraid that young John will feel the “call of the wild” (which he does) . . . . I’m not sure in the books that it goes all the way to “he doesn’t like who he was” — but he definitely is taking steps to move away from his past.
Read the rest here.