At San Diego Comic Con last year Bryan Singer debuted footage from the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse and the reaction from fans ranged from extremely happy to beyond upset. An image spread in Entertainment Weekly didn’t help fan reaction when Apocalypse didn’t look like his comic book likeness. Fan backlash was instant.
Now, with more trailers and images it seems that the backlash has been toned down and director Bryan Singer, isn’t afraid to address the complaints. When asked about the early reactions, Singer wasn’t shy explaining his creative process.
“[The first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer] was simply Oscar using his normal voice — which is wonderful; his performance is fantastic — but that was never the intention. We just needed those words to govern the first teaser. So people thought, ‘Oh, wait, is that going to be his voice during the whole movie?’ It’s like, no, but to tell the story of the first teaser, we needed the voice, and I hadn’t recreated the voice yet.”
All of Isaacs’ lines have been redone and recorded in ADR.
“What I’m doing is something very unique. It hasn’t been done before. We’re rerecording his entire performance because the suit’s creaky and makes all kinds of noise, you can’t really use any of it anyway. But I want his performance. It ebbs and flows and moves through the movie, and changes, so he doesn’t just have one single voice. He speaks with different voices depending on different moments in the film. So it’s really kind of cool. It’s the first time I’ve ever had the tools to sculpt a performance in post-production, that was already given to me on set and chosen in the cutting room.”
Singer even addressed the now infamous Entertainment Weekly spread.
“There was an image released on Entertainment Weekly, where the effect hadn’t been put in yet, so everyone was — the effect has a pink light on it, and everyone got lit up pink, so people thought Apocalypse was going to be pink. I was like, ‘No, no, they’re all pink. Take a look. Everyone in the picture is pink. It’s a pink picture.’ They maybe just should have taken the pink out of the picture — I should have taken the pink out of the picture. I’m going to take some blame for that. My fault, not Entertainment Weekly’s. That’s the picture I gave them.”
After all of this, fans still felt that Apocalypse wasn’t large enough in size. Singer explained that he has also addressed that and that fans shouldn’t be quick to judge, remembering when Quicksilver’s outfit for Days of Future Past was released in Empire Magazine.
“So then people were like, ‘He’s small.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, I got the same s*** when I cast a six-foot-three actor to play five-foot-four Wolverine. I got the same s*** when Quicksilver’s very sweet, 1970s costume was released on an Empire Magazine cover.’ You know, every time. I could have made him a giant through the whole movie, or some muscle-bound guy who can’t act — I could always do that. But the reality is, among his many powers — and you will see him change size — but among his many powers is his power of persuasion, and it was very important that he’d be able to connect with his horsemen, at their level, and that he’d be played by a guy who can actually act like Oscar, who’s a fantastic actor.”
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