Currently in cinemas with “Ex Machina” and set to appear in the year’s biggest film with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at Christmas, actor Oscar Isaac is also readying himself to play the titular villain in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” which begins production this month in Montreal.
Speaking with IGN UK this week, the outlet asked him about Apocalypse’s relationship with his Four Horsemen. He says:
“Without giving anything away, the recruitment of the Four Horsemen is very cool. It’s very interesting the way that he does that. You know the idea of – the way that cult leaders do – they find people that are in need of something and try to fulfill that thing in them – as it relates to every one of the Horseman.”
In the comics, the character is able to change his form at will. Will we see that in the film and how that impacts his character?
“Absolutely. And at the same time figuring out what the limits are and how it relates to how he moves and what it costs him. That’s always a fun thing. So to be able to sit with [writer/producer] Simon Kinberg and – as a fan – just go through it and be like, ‘Well what about this!?! You know, this is something that he does in the comics and is there a way to incorporate this? Or if he has this power suddenly how do we make that not come out of nowhere?’ So it’s really fun to map that thing out. But yes, the nature of how his powers manifest themselves is to a certain extent quite open to interpretation. Because there are so many and they are so vast.”
Speaking about his character’s motivation and how it ties in with the film’s main storyline and his character’s full reveal of his powers, Isaac says:
“On an individual level he’s able to reveal the true power of his Horsemen and what’s true to them. And I think to reveal the weakness – how weak we’ve become. Because this is an ancient entity. So to come to – I think 1983 – and say, ‘How did the world become so weak? How did we allow ourselves to become to weak and to enslave ourselves.’ I think that’s where he’s coming from.”
He hasn’t been the only one talking X-Men recently. Channing Tatum appeared at CinemaCon this week and was asked about his first turn as Gambit possibly showing up in ‘Apocalypse’. Talking with MTV, Tatum downplayed that possibility:
“I don’t know if I’m at liberty to say, but I think we want to… I don’t think I want to introduce Gambit until you can really explain who Gambit is.”
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is slated to hit cinemas May 2016.