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Kristin Lai

If you don't already know, I assume because you're living under a rock or something, then it's about time everyone start paying attention to the incredible awesome actor, Oscar Isaac. You might know his face from his work in movies like Ex Machina and Inside Llewyn Davis, but one of his most recent roles places him in the titular role of X-Men: Apocalypse.

Recently IndieWire was able to interview the actor behind En Sabah Nur, better known as Apocalypse, and his roles in Show Me a Hero and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Isaac discussed what it felt like to work in a completely new world and having the ability to play something bigger than fits within our realm:

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.
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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.''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.
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

He went on to talk to Paste Magazine about working on X-Men, stating that playing such a powerful character and the sense of nostalgia surrounding the projects enticed him from the beginning:

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.
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Personally, I think having an actor who's also a fan playing a character they've always been interested in oftentimes a best case scenario. From these statements, I'm hoping Oscar Isaac will do justice to each of his roles and we'll start seeing him in even more films.

Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse will reach theater son May 27, 2016.

(Source: Entertainment Weekly, Indie Wire, Paste Magazine)


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