Oscar Isaac Talks ‘The Force Awakens,’ and Fan Theories

By January 2, 2015

Oscar Isaac has become quite a prominent actor in recent years. From a quieter, yet high profile starring turn in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, to landing the villainous title role in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, arguably his biggest high profile role will be as Poe Dameron in December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Recently, in an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Isaac spoke about his role in the new film, and what it was like to shoot a scene as an X-Wing pilot that we briefly saw in the film’s first teaser trailer.

It was hard to believe that I was actually sitting in there and doing that. And it’s physical. You have to kind of get in touch with that child again that had a little X-Wing and would fly around his room making crazy sounds, you had to tap into that spirit again and that was a lot fun. There was a lot of practical effects. A lot of the stuff they actually made. There wasn’t a lot of green screen.

That by itself makes it sound like, from a production perspective, the use of practical sets and effects will be a bit of a departure from how the prequel trilogy was made, which used a lot of digital sets, effects, and even characters. Isaac also talked about what his audition process was like. While the perception for the creation of any J.J. Abrams film is for all aspects of production being shrouded in secrecy, it’s likely that the proverbial volume was turned up to 11 because of the fact that this is a Star Wars film. When asked if they’d sent him a script, Isaac said,

They won’t even do that. You go to the place, and they have a room with cameras and you sit there and read the script. They’re incredibly protective, because nowadays, with however many hundreds of blogs and this and that, people are just ravenous for content. So because of that, there has to be such tight security around it. And it gets in the way of the process a bit, but it’s understandable.

Isaac also discussed the nature of leaks and fan speculation, which for a Star Wars film is likely far more intense than it would be for many other projects. One feeling seemed to be predominant among Isaac when talking about the snippets of info that got out during production: disappointment.

I can’t speak for the cast and crew, I can just speak for myself, but for me I thought, ‘Don’t you want to wait so you can get the real thing?’ But it creates excitement for it. I don’t think these little leaks necessarily ruined watching the trailer. And also, the [plot theories] that get that formulated based on these things — they couldn’t be more far off-base.

Overall, Isaac seems to feel that the majority of secrets to be found in The Force Awakens are still safe, and ready to be enjoyed when the film bows at the end of the year. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18th. For more on the movie as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.