The “X-Men” films have always been a gamble. “X2: X-Men United,” “X-Men: First Class,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Logan” are all at least well-regarded if not acclaimed. “X-Men” and “The Wolverine” are considered fine. “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “X-Men: Origins Wolverine” and the most recent “X-Men: Apocalypse” are widely panned.
‘First Class’ effectively rebooted the series and ‘Future Past’ gave it an excellent entry that anticipation was high, but director Bryan Singer seemed to be asleep at the wheel and ‘Apocalypse’ landed with a wet thud – interesting in parts but a bloated and messy whole.
One issue was the titular villain, the great Oscar Isaac was effectively trapped under so many layers of blue and grey make-up, prosthetics and heavy costuming as the all-powerful mutant Apocalypse that it seemed he couldn’t move.
Speaking with GQ this week, Isaac has revealed that he was not a fan of the shoot and echoed co-star Jennifer Lawrence’s complaints about the make-up, but also the way he was effectively isolated from fellow cast members such as Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy:
“Apocalypse, that was excruciating. I didn’t know when I said yes that that was what was going to be happening. That I was going to be encased in glue, latex and a 40-pound suit – that I had to wear a cooling mechanism at all times.
I was like, ‘oh, I get to work with these great actors that I like so much,’ but I couldn’t even see them because I couldn’t move my head. And I had to sit on a specially designed saddle, because that’s the only thing I could really sit on, and I would be rolled into a cooling tent in-between takes.” Isaac continued, as he spoke about how sweaty and uncomfortable he was during shooting.
And every time I moved, it was just like rubber and plastic squeaking, so everything I said had to be dubbed later as well. And then getting it off was the worst part, because they just had to kind of scrape it off for hours and hours. So, that was X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Lawrence, Fassbender, McAvoy return for “Dark Phoenix” alongside Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Nicholas Hoult. That film opens June 7th 2019. Isaac most recently has been filming “Star Wars: Episode IX” due to open December 2019.