Oscar Isaac stars as the big blue bad guy in X-Men: Apocalypse, but with he’s barely recognizable under all the makeup and prosthetics.
“I would do some acting and then go to my tent and try to breathe and not freak out that sweat was pouring into my ears and I couldn’t touch them,” the actor tells Rolling Stone for his upcoming cover story. “It was rough. But the challenge of basically doing Kabuki theater in a film was crazy.”
According to the magazine, Isaacs’ Apocalypse suit – which producer Simon Kinberg called “a nightmare contraption” – weighed a whopping 40 pounds, and its matching high-heeled boots shot Isaacs up from five feet nine to over six feet.
But Isaac says the costume did help him get closer to his costar Michael Fassbender. “”He was dressed up in blue and I had my cape and helmet on,” Fassbender says in the article. “Two grown men. We had a little chuckle.”
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 19.
The actor also gave some insight into another major franchise he’s involved with. While his character, Poe, was originally supposed to get killed off in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Isaacs says he’s not leaving the series anytime soon.
“It’s the first time in my life when things have been mapped out for quite some time. I’m basically Star War-ring until 2020,” Isaac says.