Marvel’s Moon Knight sets emotional struggle at its core

In Moon Knight, Oscar Isaac plays a sleep-deprived Londoner, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder.

Hollywood star Oscar Isaac tackles several roles and dons a cape and an English accent in Moon Knight, the latest superhero series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Based on a lesser-known Marvel hero, the new Disney Plus Hotstar show 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 told Reuters as he premiered the series at the British Museum.
In a twist from the comic books, in which Moon Knight‘s alter ego is the Jewish-American mercenary Marc Spector, Isaac plays gift shop worker Steven Grant. The sleep-deprived Londoner suffers from dissociative identity disorder and is haunted by memories 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 said.
Ethan Hawke stars opposite Oscar Isaac as villain Arthur Harrow.
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“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,” said Hawke.
Isaac convinced Hawke, a fellow New Yorker, to take on the role during a chance encounter.