Tye Sheridan opens up about his time working with Oscar Isaac on X-Men: Apocalypse and recalls why he felt sorry for his co-star during filming. The ninth installment in Fox’s X-Men film series acted as a sequel to Days of Future Past and took the action back to the past as the titular ancient mutant is revived in 1983 and begins efforts to wipe out modern civilization, of which the X-Men are the only ones capable of stopping it. The cast for the film saw the returns of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till and Rose Byrne while also introducing Isaac, Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Lana Condor and Olivia Munn to the fold.
Hitting theaters in 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse saw a generally mixed reception from critics and audiences alike, who generally criticized its overstuffed plot and clichéd depiction of the titular villain. Despite this, the film was still a box office success, grossing over $543 million against its $178 million budget. This success would lead to the sequel, Dark Phoenix, which became the worst-reviewed installment in the franchise and the second-lowest grossing in the franchise behind The New Mutants, only grossing $252 million against its $200 million budget and losing the studio an estimated $133 million, effectively ending the franchise.
Sheridan recently spoke with Looper to discuss his work in Paul Schrader’s newly released crime thriller The Card Counter. During the conversation, the actor reflected on his time working with his co-star Isaac on X-Men: Apocalypse, revealing he felt sorry for the villain actor due to always seeing him unable to rest comfortably due to the amount of prosthetics and his costume. See what Sheridan said below:
“Oh yeah. I just felt so bad for him [on X-Men: Apocalypse] because we were outside shooting in Montreal in the summer. It can get really muggy and warm. It’s a bit like New York. He just had all these prosthetics and this crazy cape thing, and I remember the way he would sit down. He couldn’t even sit in a chair. He just had to sit on a stool that was elevated. He just looked uncomfortable all the time. I just remember looking at him sometimes and feeling so sorry for him. So this was a much better experience as far as comfort.”
Fox’s X-Men franchise has certainly seen its fair share of divisive installments since its acclaimed launch in 2000 and Apocalypse is generally considered one of the weaker of the group. Coming on the heels of the well-praised Days of Future Past, the film couldn’t live up to the expectations set by its predecessor nor the anticipation comic book fans had for the iconic villain finally being brought to the live-action world. Sheridan’s memories from the set of the film sound equally as disappointing as the final product was, with the suit proving to be a hindrance to Isaac’s comfort between takes.
Isaac has previously discussed his poor experience filming X-Men: Apocalypse, calling it “excruciating” and specifically citing the suit as uncomfortable to work in. While such a bad time on a big-budget project has turned stars away from returning to that world, the star is returning for the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Moon Knight and has praised the people behind the project for their ingenuity and ability to create a better environment for him than that of Fox’s film. Audiences can catch Isaac and Sheridan’s reunion in The Card Counter in theaters now.