In a recent interview with Paste, Oscar Isaac went into detail about his excitement towards playing the villainous mutant, in the upcoming x-men apocalypse as well as his thought process towards the role. Given the ancient nature of Apocalypse himself, the actor explained that the character has an otherworldly, “mythical” quality; the character is set apart from the previous human antagonists — as well as Magneto himself — because ultimately Isaac found himself playing Apocalypse as a sort of deity:
I was excited about it. I was excited to explore those worlds. There is something more mythical … basically, you’re playing God. It’s a challenge.
Separately, when interviewed by Indiewire, Isaac elaborated on this idea, explaining that taking on the role of Apocalypse allowed him to deviate from the natural world and embody the character in a more dynamic, expressive manner — something akin to the style of Greek tragedy, or Kabuki theater:
And just because something’s natural doesn’t mean that it’s interesting — and I think [Stanley] Kubrick knew that very well. Sometimes it’s fun to push performance into other places that is not just about the same kind of verité thing. You can go to heightened places in a Greek tragedy or kabuki kind of way. You have these forms that express more than just an individual’s personality. And that’s been really fun to play with in ‘X-Men.’