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Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight’ sets emotional struggle at its core

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The 78th Venice Film Festival, screening of the movie “Scenes From A Marriage” out of competitors, Venice, Italy, Sept. 4, 2021. Actor Oscar Isaac poses on the purple carpet. Image: Reuters/Yara Nardi

LONDON — Hollywood star Oscar Isaac tackles a number of roles and dons a cape and an English accent in “Moon Knight,” the newest superhero sequence within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Based on a lesser-known Marvel hero, the brand new Disney+ present sees Isaac portraying “at least four” personalities.

“That was part of the challenge and the excitement of taking this on, the opportunity to show so many facets of one individual and really explore in a literal and symbolic way the different identities that he has,” Isaac advised Reuters as he premiered the sequence at the British Museum on Thursday.

In a twist from the comedian books, during which Moon Knight’s alter ego is the Jewish-American mercenary Marc Spector, Isaac performs reward store employee Steven Grant. The sleep-deprived Londoner suffers from dissociative identification dysfunction and is haunted by reminiscences of Spector.

“The emotional reality of struggling with this disorder and not only that, but the journey of healing from abuse and trauma, that really became the central orienting theme of the whole thing. Everything you see, including the really crazy symbolic imagery, is an expression of that internal struggle,” Isaac stated.

Ethan Hawke stars reverse Isaac as villain Arthur Harrow.

“In our story the hero is struggling with mental illness and it created a real problem for me because the antagonist has to be something else. I had to create a very sane lunatic to compete with the mad hero,” stated Hawke.

Isaac satisfied Hawke, a fellow New Yorker, to tackle the position throughout an opportunity encounter.

“Sometimes things just come together, right? I met him at a coffee shop in New York and he told me he was doing this and that he needed somebody to be in it with him… I said, ‘Well, make me an offer’,” stated Hawke.

The sequence, directed by Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab, additionally options French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who died after a ski accident within the French Alps on Jan. 19, in his closing accomplished position.

“Moon Knight” debuts on Disney+ on March 30. JB

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