‘Moon Knight’: May Calamawy on Adapting to Oscar Isaac Switching Personalities

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Oscar Isaac will portray Moon Knight in the upcoming Disney+ series, but comic fans will quickly tell you there is more to him than meets the eye. The character suffers from DID and we were teased throughout its marketing of two personalities, Steven Grant and Mark Spector. Of course, it’s not an easy task to realize two very distinct personalities in one character while also giving the other actors a way to adapt to the personalities effectively. May Calamawy, who plays Layla El-Faouly, offered some insight during the press tour on how she could easily adapt depending on the character he was playing.

I could feel the energy. I wouldn’t even have to ask who he was. With Marc, I would find myself more guarded [….]. With Steven, I’d feel more nurturing. And there was no intellect or thought process involved in it. It was just visceral, and it was so fun to work with you and experience that.

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It’s a testament to Isaac’s performance that she can simply switch between her approaches simply by the energy that he conveys. Plus, Calamawy also proves how well she can adapt to the changes when it comes to her character’s relationship with either Steven r Marc. We still don’t know the full story or how they will interact, but it does seem like the concept of exploring the character’s mental health was a draw for many involved. The trailers do hint that we’ll experience the switch alongside Steven at some point in the story, which will likely also ease viewers into the concept. It’s definitely going to be exciting to see them tackle this very different kind of hero.

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