When the first images from X-Men: Apocalypse were revealed (by this very outlet), the Internet didn’t exactly scream with delight — particularly when it came to the look of the titular villain. Most of the backlash stemmed from his size and coloring, and it turns out star Oscar Isaac didn’t exactly love those shots either.
“I was not super pleased with those first photos that ran,” admits the actor. “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.”
Director Bryan Singer says he expected the initial outcry and that it actually was a bit of déjà vu. “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?” Singer says. “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.”
Singer toyed with making Apocalypse a computer generated giant, but ultimately wanted someone who could hold the screen opposite people like Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.
“Instead of giving him CG make up, I thought it was very important that he connect with the horsemen, that he connect with the movie,” says the director. “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.”
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