Oscar Isaac on X-Men's Apocalypse: 'He’s not going to be everyone’s favorite version’

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Tasked with infusing life into the larger-than-life (and iconic) X-Men nemesis Apocalypse in director Bryan Singer's hotly anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse, Oscar Isaac has his work cut out for him. Although the first trailer was released online a couple days ago, it is set to unfold onto the big screen when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in darkened cinemas around the world.

Basically, the Ex Machina actor will appear in a big movie trailer set to play in front of an even bigger movie he stars in! Mind. Blown. So what does he think about that? “It’s very cool. It’s going to be in front of Star Wars when they show the trailers in theaters. I’m very excited. We’ll see how many people realize that Apocalypse and Poe are the same person.”

In a recent interview with Black Film, Isaac talked about his take on the immortal mutant and why he’s “definitely not going to be everyone’s favorite version of Apocalypse.” Here’s what he said about playing a well-established comic-book character, and how the movie will portray something different than what the fans have seen so far:

“Depends which comic you are talking about. There’s X-Factor, there’s X-Men, there’s The Age of Apocalypse, there’s the animated series, there’s X-Men: Evolution, so when someone says Apocalypse without referring a comic book, it’s a very general question. They may want to state which is their Apocalypse first. He’s definitely not going to be everyone’s favorite version of Apocalypse, but he’s my favorite version of Apocalypse. It’s something from the 80s mixed in with something new. They either create a backstory that he was this mutant from Ancient Egypt that found this technology and they explore that story or they send him to another universe where he’s more powerful than he’s ever been. He’s turned all these other X-Men into villains. There are different ways that artists and creative people get the chance to explore his story on a massive scale if they do. In this one, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg took the inspiration from many different sources, many different versions of Apocalypse throughout the ages and found the one that we thought was the most interesting.”

The actor then opened up about the fact that he is a comic-book reader (namely Marvel's X-Factor title) and that he’s read quite a few stories featuring the Big Bad character of Apocalypse.

“I read all of them. I love Apocalypse. I grew up collecting X-Factor. I remember when the first comic book came out, and for me, especially because I grew up in a religious household, I knew about the book of revelations, the second coming, the Apocalypse, and then you see this comic book character that is supposed to embody all of these ideas. For some people they just thought he was this big blue guy and it was survival of the fittest, but for me, that was less interesting. The most interesting part for me was the Blibical aspect and end of the world and the revelation of the way things were before.”

Even though he's going to star in two major blockbuster movie franchises -- opening just a few months apart -- Isaac is still pretty humble about what everyone would consider the geek opportunity of a lifetime.

“It’s great because they are so vastly different from each other. They are completely different characters. I’m just having fun at this time and I’m really thankful and blessed that I’m getting the opportunities to play different roles and let’s people know that they never know what to expect from me.”

X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27, 2016. What do you guys think about Oscar Isaac's comments about the movie's version of Apocalypse?


(via Black Film)

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