Oscar Isaac: Playing Apocalypse In That X-Men Movie Sucked
With the excellent, genre-defying Logan stealing its spotlight, X-Men: Apocalypse, a high school production of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, was quickly forgotten. In fact, the only people who seem to remember the movie are the ones still peeved about how disappointing it was*. And a lot of those people are the actors themselves, who had a bit of a rough time giving it the full Shakespeare in their awkward, tight comic book costumes. But it turns out that the person most justified in being bummed out by Apocalypse is Oscar Isaac, the guy who was trapped inside the title character.
Besides slathering yourself up in seal fat and running through your zoo's polar bear enclosure, what would you do for a million dollars and the chance to meet James McAvoy? In Isaac's case, it was agreeing to play the titular villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. But in a recent interview with GQ, the actor revealed his slight regret at taking the role, saying that playing Smurf Predator was "excruciating."
He claimed he had no idea he would spend several weeks of his life in high heels and "encased in glue, latex, and a 40-pound suit." The Apocalypse suit turned to be so unwieldy that he could barely move inside of it, and even needed a "specially designed saddle" to be able to sit. And it must've been hard for his castmates to be convincingly scared of a terrifying immortal demigod when that demigod is constantly being ferried around by interns.
What seemed to irk Isaac most of all, though, was Apocalypse's terrible effect on his social life. One of the main reasons he was excited to join the X-Men roster was "to work with these great actors that I like so much." But because the suit made in the Batman style of not letting you turn your head, he was unable to even look at his co-stars during most scenes. Not only that, but the suit was also so excruciatingly hot that he needed to be rolled into a cooling tent between takes, missing out on all the terrific banter about Beast's blue balls.
Not that he even got to do a lot of great acting, in any case. Besides being goofy, unwieldy, and hot, the suit's constant loud squeaking made all of Isaac's audio unusable, and the actor had to dub his lines in afterward so that every scene with the intimidating monster didn't sound like Cyclops was trying to buff a dent out of the Blackbird right outside of the frame.
So, at least you'd think that after a long day working in a costume that couldn't have been more suffocating if it had been dipped in carbonite, getting out of it must've felt like being born again. But in fact, according to Isaac, "getting it off was the worst part, because they just had to kind of scrape it off for hours and hours." At least when playing Apocalypse, you don't have to look far for motivation to destroy the world and everyone on it.
*Cracked Ed's Rebuttal: X-Men: Apocalypse is fine camp about a DNA-powered mummy making his new hip young friends sexy costumes. It depicts the namesake supervillain as a pop Svengali, and the whole affair is as ambitious as it is dumb as shit.
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