Saying that Oscar Isaac is about to have one hell of a year might be a bit of an understatement. He’s got a little film coming out this week that is about to set some records as well as a major role in next year’s highly-anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse. While speaking with Black Film, the actor spoke a bit about the Bryan Singer-directed film.
When asked what it was like to have two significant roles in two upcoming films of this level, he stated that it was “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.”
The actor then commented on where he drew his inspiration from for his incarnation of the titular villain of the Bryan Singer directed film. From the sounds of things, Singer and company drew from multiple sources when coming up with the live-action version of the character.
“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.”
Not all actors are fans of the source material when signing up for these roles. Isaac is not one of those people and revealed that he loves the character and “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.”
Whether you’re a fan of the character’s live-action appearance or not, you’ve got to admit that they definitely picked the right man for the role. Wouldn’t be surprised if the actor steals the show and ends up being the most memorable of the villains from next year’s comic book films. Let us know your thoughts on Isaac’s comments in the section below.
Source: Black Film