|First Appearance||Rise of the Planet of the Apes|
|Last Appearance||Rise of the Planet of the Apes|
|“||He spoke! Your Ape. He spoke.||”|
Rodney worked at the San Bruno Primate Facility, run by John Landon. Landon's son, Dodge, bullied both Rodney and the ape inmates. Rodney remained neutral, believing that Dodge was cruel to the apes, but was mostly too afraid - either of Dodge or his father's position - to question orders. Adding to this, Dodge would rudely ignore Rodney's advice on how to treat them. Later on, Dodge was even blaming Rodney for stealing his cookies (which were actually stolen by Caesar); becoming verbally abusive.
When Caesar was in the playground where he was not supposed to be, Rodney was ordered to get a tranquilizer gun to end the fight. Rodney saw Caesar and Dodge fight, but failed to take action, After a resounding cry of "NO!", Rodney found the apes freed from their cages and attempted to flee, but a group of chimpanzees captured him and beat him until Caesar stopped them, knowing Rodney to be a kinder human than Dodge, and locked him in his own cage instead. Rodney then witnessed Dodge Landon die via electrocution following a confrontation with Caesar and the apes. Rodney may have been exposed to the residual of the fatal ALZ-113 drug while in the cage overnight, but was ultimately freed by Caroline Aranha. Will Rodman asked Rodney how the apes had escaped from the facility; Rodney only stated that Caesar spoke, so traumatized by that he could not explain anything else. Will, Caroline and John later watched the CCTV recording of the apes escape.
- Listings on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) prior to the movie's release gave this character's name as "Roy".
- According the trivia page on IMDb, Rodney was named in honor of original ape actor, Roddy McDowall (although his given name was 'Roderick').
- In one scene, Rodney watches a brief clip from The Agony and the Ecstasy on television. This 1965 20th Century Fox film featured original Apes actor Charlton Heston, composer Jerry Goldsmith and cinematographer Leon Shamroy, and producer Richard D. Zanuck met aspiring actress Linda Harrison at the premier of the movie.