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Sharlto Copley as Martin Battles in Beast.
Sharlto Copley as Martin Battles in Beast.
Photo: Universal Pictures

INTERVIEW: Sharlto Copley, Martin Battles in Beast.

Imagine a massive rogue lion barrelling down on your vehicle in a game reserve, its teeth inches away from your neck. Well, that's exactly what the cast of the latest survival thriller Beast had to face.

Advancements in technology and expertise have catapulted film visual effects into its best era ever, enabling not only the creation of fantastical realms and otherworldly action, but replicating reality in a way that safeguards nature and its animals from unethical practices.

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