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Bryan Singer breaks down the changing voice, size and color of Apocalypse

05.02.2016

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There's a lot of trepidation about Bryan Singer's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, and it really all stemmed from the very first picture we saw of the titular villain. Bathed in a purple and pink hue, it brought forth images of Ivan Ooze from the POWER RANGERS movie, and not of an X-Men villain to be feared. Recent pictures and trailers have rectified this, although now his voice seems to be changing in each preview. So what's the deal? Singer answered as much and more when speaking with IGN about Oscar Isaac's villainous character.

Bryain Singer on Apocalypse's changing voice:

[The first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer] was simply Oscar using his normal voice -- which is wonderful; his performance is fantastic -- but that was never the intention. We just needed those words to govern the first teaser. So people thought, 'Oh, wait, is that going to be his voice during the whole movie?' It's like, no, but to tell the story of the first teaser, we needed the voice, and I hadn't recreated the voice yet.

What I'm doing is something very unique. It hasn't been done before. We're rerecording his entire performance because the suit's creaky and makes all kinds of noise, you can't really use any of it anyway. But I want his performance. So he's being recorded in ADR using a standard Sennheiser microphone, but also with a bass mic to his right cheek and a bass drum mic to his left cheek. These two microphones have the ability to pull vocal range out of his voice that the human ear cannot hear. And I can take that vocal range that I've now recorded, and I can pull it and use it to augment his voice -- and that with a little digital magic can create a voice that's both completely governed by his performance but is not natural.

It ebbs and flows and moves through the movie, and changes, so he doesn't just have one single voice. He speaks with different voices depending on different moments in the film. So it's really kind of cool. It's the first time I've ever had the tools to sculpt a performance in post-production, that was already given to me on set and chosen in the cutting room.

Regarding his size:

So then people were like, 'He's small.' I'm like, 'Okay, I got the same s*** when I cast a six-foot-three actor to play five-foot-four Wolverine. I got the same s*** when Quicksilver's very sweet, 1970s costume was released on an Empire Magazine cover.' You know, every time. I could have made him a giant through the whole movie, or some muscle-bound guy who can't act -- I could always do that. But the reality is, among his many powers -- and you will see him change size -- but among his many powers is his power of persuasion, and it was very important that he'd be able to connect with his horsemen, at their level, and that he'd be played by a guy who can actually act like Oscar, who's a fantastic actor.

On his color:

There was an image released on Entertainment Weekly, where the effect hadn't been put in yet, so everyone was -- the effect has a pink light on it, and everyone got lit up pink, so people thought Apocalypse was going to be pink. I was like, 'No, no, they're all pink. Take a look. Everyone in the picture is pink. It's a pink picture.' They maybe just should have taken the pink out of the picture -- I should have taken the pink out of the picture. I'm going to take some blame for that. My fault, not Entertainment Weekly's. That's the picture I gave them.

So do you think those answers will placate the many fans out there who feel uneasy about the newest X-Men flick? I'll admit that APOCALYPSE isn't getting me hyped like DAYS OF FUTURE PAST did, but I will own up to the fact I thought Quicksilver's design was atrocious before I saw that film, and I ended up loving him (like many others). Perhaps we should give the man the benefit of the doubt. After all, Oscar Isaac is a bro.

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Source: IGN

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2:00PM on 05/03/2016
At least this wasn't made by Snyder.
At least this wasn't made by Snyder.
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2:51AM on 05/03/2016
They did good on nailing Psylocke's costume and powers. Sure she's probably not gonna be a mind swapped white girl in an Asian woman's body like in the comics, which actually sounds kind of racist when you think about it anyway, so yeah. On Apocalypse being able to take the bodies of other mutants as his host, well I guess that's a pretty well thought out conceptual changes which enables Oscar Isaac to play a supposedly Middle Eastern character. I don't mind the design at all, considering that
They did good on nailing Psylocke's costume and powers. Sure she's probably not gonna be a mind swapped white girl in an Asian woman's body like in the comics, which actually sounds kind of racist when you think about it anyway, so yeah. On Apocalypse being able to take the bodies of other mutants as his host, well I guess that's a pretty well thought out conceptual changes which enables Oscar Isaac to play a supposedly Middle Eastern character. I don't mind the design at all, considering that the comic book version has metal hoses on his arm and a huge letter A on his chest.
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10:15PM on 05/02/2016
Sorry but this looks like shit. It looks like a mess frankly. A cheesy 90's attempt at a comic book movie mess, a step backward. He still looks like Ivan Ooze. I'm sorry but when cos play people can craft a better Apocalypse costume than $100-$200 million budgeted movie can do its fucking sad. Just take a look: [link]

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Sorry but this looks like shit. It looks like a mess frankly. A cheesy 90's attempt at a comic book movie mess, a step backward. He still looks like Ivan Ooze. I'm sorry but when cos play people can craft a better Apocalypse costume than $100-$200 million budgeted movie can do its fucking sad. Just take a look: [link]

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11:20PM on 05/02/2016
You actually think that looks better? Dude, while it's a great effort for a cosplay comp it looks like it belongs in a B movie.
You actually think that looks better? Dude, while it's a great effort for a cosplay comp it looks like it belongs in a B movie.
1:10AM on 05/03/2016
Yes the design is 100x better than Singer's version imo, and at a fraction of the budget. Now imagine this design had the same $'s sunk into it as this movie, and I can't even imagine how much better it would be.
Yes the design is 100x better than Singer's version imo, and at a fraction of the budget. Now imagine this design had the same $'s sunk into it as this movie, and I can't even imagine how much better it would be.
7:44PM on 05/03/2016
You're joking, right? That costume is a bright blue. That isn't intimidating at all.
You're joking, right? That costume is a bright blue. That isn't intimidating at all.
9:16PM on 05/02/2016
As others have said, Singer has always delivered a good X-Men film. They might not be the most faithful comic book adaptation, but as someone who doesn't read comics that doesn't bother me. As long as the film is good, that is all that matters.
As others have said, Singer has always delivered a good X-Men film. They might not be the most faithful comic book adaptation, but as someone who doesn't read comics that doesn't bother me. As long as the film is good, that is all that matters.
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5:28PM on 05/02/2016

Hmm

The plan all along was to re record the entire dialogue? And they intended to put the first trailer out with the unfinished voice? Sounds like they are responding to feedback from the first trailer. If this is true I think he would get a better response if he just admitted it.
The plan all along was to re record the entire dialogue? And they intended to put the first trailer out with the unfinished voice? Sounds like they are responding to feedback from the first trailer. If this is true I think he would get a better response if he just admitted it.
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3:53PM on 05/02/2016
Singer has directed 3 X-Men movies now...
X-Men 1 = Good
X-Men 2 = Good
Days of Future Past = Good

I'm kind of seeing a pattern here. Pretty sure he's not going to just start screwing it up the fourth time around.
Singer has directed 3 X-Men movies now...
X-Men 1 = Good
X-Men 2 = Good
Days of Future Past = Good

I'm kind of seeing a pattern here. Pretty sure he's not going to just start screwing it up the fourth time around.
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3:24PM on 05/02/2016
I remember alot of people criticizing Days of Future Past and that ended up turning into one of the best films of the franchise and one of my overall favorite comic book films of all time. I think Apocalypse will be more than a worthy follow up with a powerhouse performance from Isaac.
I remember alot of people criticizing Days of Future Past and that ended up turning into one of the best films of the franchise and one of my overall favorite comic book films of all time. I think Apocalypse will be more than a worthy follow up with a powerhouse performance from Isaac.
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2:37PM on 05/02/2016
Just like with the Sentinels, people will lose their shit, but enjoy a well made comic book movie.
Just like with the Sentinels, people will lose their shit, but enjoy a well made comic book movie.
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2:11PM on 05/02/2016
Just look at that screen thumbnail of the youtube video. Apocalypse looks great in the fully intended form.
Just look at that screen thumbnail of the youtube video. Apocalypse looks great in the fully intended form.
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2:00PM on 05/02/2016
Oh, so Fanboys jumped all over something and started dismissing it before having all the facts and one picture with which to judge an entire film? Never seen that before, weird!
Oh, so Fanboys jumped all over something and started dismissing it before having all the facts and one picture with which to judge an entire film? Never seen that before, weird!
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1:46PM on 05/02/2016

It's improved somewhat

Still not a big fan of his look at all, but the white eyes, modulated voice, and color correction have definitely helped it improve over that abysmal first reveal. Whoever thought that was a good first picture to reveal should without a doubt be fired, Singer or not
Still not a big fan of his look at all, but the white eyes, modulated voice, and color correction have definitely helped it improve over that abysmal first reveal. Whoever thought that was a good first picture to reveal should without a doubt be fired, Singer or not
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