If you needed any excuses to watch Moon Knight on Disney+, the main ones would be Oscar Isaac, Oscar Isaac, and also Oscar Isaac. You’ll see him deliver virtuoso performances as Marc Spector, a Jewish-American mercenary with dissociative identity disorder; Steven Grant, a mild-mannered British gift-shop employee suffering from blackouts and memories of another life; and Mr. Knight, his persona when he is the conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. If that sounds like a lot, well…it is. And no one knows that better than Isaac himself.
He received a little help from his family when it was time to jump into his multiple roles. “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.” Hernandez would play opposite Isaac as Steven or Marc, going so far as to adopt the accent of the character he was portraying.
“That was really helpful to have someone that’s not only a great actor but also shares my DNA to play off of,” says Isaac.
Even with the brotherly assistance, Isaac was not prepared for the challenges on the set. “Something that I didn’t anticipate was how technically demanding that was going to be,” says Isaac. “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.”
“The most fun thing about acting is acting opposite somebody and letting something spontaneous happen that you didn’t expect,” continues Isaac. “There wasn’t really an opportunity to do that, and still having to try to find what makes it feel spontaneous and not planned out was challenging.”
You can see all of the sides of Oscar Isaac when Moon Knight begins streaming March 30, 2022, on Disney+.
About Moon Knight
When Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life, he discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector.
As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.