Reactions weren’t all positive when the first images from X-Men: Apocalypsewere released. Fans were particularly concerned with the look of the titular Apocalypse, the all-powerful mutant villain played by Oscar Isaac. And as it turns out, the actor wasn’t a big fan either.
Isaac and director Bryan Singer recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the new movie, reflecting on early reactions to the popular X-Men character.
As Isaac recalls, the stills released were from a weird point in the movie:
“I was not super pleased with those first photos that ran. When you look at those things, you think that’s the representation of the character, and it was a shot from when we were coming out of a portal, and the portal light is purple and so suddenly everyone thinks that the character is purple which is not the case.”
Perhaps a more standard shot of Apocalypse, sans glowing purple portal, would have worked better? The controversy reminded Singer of early reactions to the original cast of 2000’s X-Men. As the director put it:
“Can you imagine what it was like for fans 16 years ago when I cast 6-foot-3 Hugh Jackman to play 5-foot-4 Wolverine in X-Men? Can you imagine the reactions I got? I nearly got crucified. And there was no social media for me to say, ‘Hey guys, don’t worry, it will work out.’ Hopefully the audience will understand why the character had to be played by this particular actor.”
The director initially considered making Apocalypse a computer-generated character, but decided that an actual actor would best serve the movie. In the film, the villain is assisted by his four followers — the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — and Singer wanted the performers to interact with each other naturally on set. So the director and his team worked to make a costume that would give Apocalypse an imposing presence without impeding Isaac’s performance. As Singer said:
“We built a suit and enhanced Oscar’s size. But nonetheless to be as intimate and persuasive in his interaction with our lead characters, I made the decision to have him for the most part be in human form.”
In the end, the filmmaker attempted to best serve his actor’s performance. Isaac is an impressive talent, so seeing him covered up in a big, colorful portal is understandably concerning for fans. Thankfully, it seems Singer anticipated that reaction, working with the actor to breath epic life into Apocalypse on the big screen.
You can see Oscar Isaac in X-Men: Apocalypse when it hits theaters on May 27. What do you think of the character’s costume? Let us know in the comments.