Isaac recalled worrying that the Marvel series would embarrass him: “Man, I’m going to go down hard with this thing.”
For most actors, receiving an offer to play a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be a career highlight. But when the entertainment juggernaut Oscar approached Isaac about “Moon Knight,” the actor was a little skeptical.
Isaac recently participated in The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actor Roundtable along with Quincy Isaiah, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Brian Cox and Michael Keaton. When asked what role was the greatest risk of his career, Isaac brought up the Marvel limited series.
‘Moon Knight’ felt the same way,’ Isaac said. “Like, ‘Man, I’m going down hard with this thing.’ Just the level of embarrassment it would be, once you put on a cape, you know what I mean? And you’re in front of it. It’s like, ‘Holy shit, I’m really doing this.’”
Isaac already had a lot of blockbuster experience, he appeared in three ‘Star Wars’ movies and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. So, with nothing left to prove in that space, he was only interested in doing “Moon Knight” if he could weave his own artistic sensibilities into the project.
“And the trick with this one was, ‘Can I do both?'” Isaac said. “Can you smuggle in things that are important to me, the reason I enjoy doing it, so that every morning when that alarm clock goes off I could be excited to get to work and not just say “I have to go through this to get that check or whatever.” And it seemed like this was an opportunity, maybe because of the TV landscape, where there’s a lot more risk taking, to do this bizarre thing that happened in the case of a superhero genre movie.”
The question of whether he could balance art and commerce on “Moon Knight” was not an easy question for Isaac to answer, and the actor recalled going back and forth before finally deciding to take the offer.
“It was so much about, ‘Is this the stupidest thing? Is this smart?'” he said. “It was such a mental torment to make the decision.”
All episodes of “Moon Knight” are currently streaming on Disney+.