Oscar Isaac talks 'playing God' in X-Men: Apocalypse and compares it to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Sep 1, 2015

Oscar Isaac is quite the busy bee. The Inside Llewyn Davis and Ex Machina actor has not one, but two big movies coming up, namely Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse.

While Isaac will play the heroic X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron in Disney's eagerly anticipated new Star Wars film, he’ll play the villainous En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse (who is regarded as the first mutant), in the upcoming X-Men movie.

While doing the rounds for his HBO series Show Me a Hero, the actor talked about his two biggest upcoming roles to date. When Paste Magazine asked him if he was looking forward to joining the Star Wars and X-Men franchises, the actor gave a thoughtful answer, saying:

“For me, more than anything, it was about being guilty of nostalgia. I was a big fan of Star Wars. I was also a big fan of X-Men, particularly the villain Apocalypse, so when those parts came around and there was interest for me to do them, I was excited about it. I was excited to explore those worlds. There is something more mythical … basically, you’re playing God. It’s a challenge.”

In an interview with The Playlist, Isaac discussed what he’d learned from his experience of working on two of the biggest franchises of all time:

“You use different tools, different approaches. With 'X-Men' it was great because there’s an embodiment of such big ideas, you’re not working in the realm of naturalism. And just because something's natural doesn’t mean that it's interesting — and I think Kubrick knew that very well. Sometimes it’s fun to push performance into other places that is not just about the same kind of verité thing. You can go to heightened places in a Greek tragedy or kabuki kind of way. You have these forms that express more than just an individual’s personality. And that’s been really fun to play with in 'X-Men.' With 'Star Wars' it’s similar things, you're playing in such a heightened reality that in that regard sometimes simplicity is your strength. Instead of getting out all the colors, you focus on the primary colors, and keep it simple and direct.”

What do you think about Oscar Isaac's acting approaches to X-Men and Star Wars? And which role are you most looking forward to seeing the actor in?

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on Dec. 18, while Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is set to be released on May 27, 2016.

(via Comic Book Movie)

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