Oscar Isaac Got Some Familiar Help With The Personalities Of His ‘Moon Knight’ Role

Moon Knight has finally arrived on Disney+.  My review of the Disney+, Marvel Studios series will be coming on Episode 412 of our podcast on Friday, but I did get to see the series a bit early.  I also attended the virtual press conference for the show, where the stars talked about how they brought their characters to life.

Oscar Isaac certainly had a tough task of juggling the very different personalities of Steven Grant and Marc Spector.  You can see the very early stages of that in the first episode, and you'll see that kick up even more in the next couple of episodes.  Having scenes with yourself, or inside your own head, can't be easy.  As good as Oscar Isaac is, it's hard to rehearse with yourself.  So he made a very clever addition to his preparation for those scenes.

"The first step was to hire my brother, Michael Hernandez, to come in and be the other me. That's the closest thing to me there is on Earth. So he came in and he would play either Steven or Marc, even do the accent and everything, both accents. So that was really helpful to have someone that's not only a great actor but also shares my DNA to play off of," Isaac said. "But that was something that I didn't anticipate was how technically demanding that was going to be of having to show up and decide which character I was going to play first. And then try to block that out, give my brother notes, and then do the scene, and then switch characters, and then figure it out. Because one of the fun -- I think maybe if not the most fun thing about acting is acting opposite somebody and letting something spontaneous happen that you didn't expect. But there wasn't really an opportunity to do that and still having to try to find what makes it feel spontaneous and not all planned out. So that was challenging."

You'll see plenty of "Steven with a v" in the first episode, and how this innocent soul gets caught up in a world that he is definitely not prepared for.  If you're a fan of the comics, you already know how intense Marc Spector is.  So, you can image how that clash of personalities would be, especially when they are both you.  The more you watch this show, the more you'll appreciate Isaac's performance.

New episodes of Marvel's Moon Knight air every Wednesday on Disney+.  If you want to learn more about the show, including trailers, clips and more cast information, go here.

Photo Credit: Csaba Aknay/Marvel Studios