UPDATE! Oscar Isaac Talks Acting, Star Wars and More.


While discussing his acting carreer in an interview with DuJour, the Guatemalan-born actor also briefly mentioned Star Wars and how easy it was to choose a job that involves lightsabers.



From DuJour:

In the coming months, he’ll appear opposite Mark Wahlberg and Garrett Hedlund in Mojave, he’ll star in the artificial intelligence thriller Ex-Machina and he’ll be deified by nerds everywhere for his roles in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens as well as Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. 


It’s an impressive slate for the Julliard graduate, but he says each of the films was one that he just couldn’t pass up. “Being asked to inhabit the psyche of someone over a period of time, it’s got to be a bit like falling in love,” he says. “You know, you can’t really quantify exactly why you want to play a particular part, but it’s something you just keep thinking about, that doesn’t leave your mind. That’s the barometer in how I choose a role.”



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Still, Isaac’s quick to admit that choosing a job that involves light sabers is remarkably easy.


“Not only are there these iconic props, but the sets, vehicles, droids and all these characters—you’re interacting with the characters that have been a part of everyone’s life for such a long time,” he says of Star Wars, for which he plays X-Wing fighter Poe Dameron. “Sometimes I pinch myself because it’s actually happening; it’s wild! But it’s funny, because you still have to do the same job you’re hired to do, which is between ‘action’ and ‘cut’ to be alive, be truthful and tell the story.”


For the full interview go to DuJour.com





Here’s yet another interview with Isaac, this time with ShortList magazine (via tv3.ie):

In an interview with ShortList magazine, he said: ”The first film I remember seeing in the movie theatre was ‘Return of the Jedi’. I don’t know if I had a favourite character, but I remember the scene where Darth Vader’s helmet comes off being really intense for me. You don’t even realise, but you see Darth Vader as your father. It’s about father figures being these impenetrable figures and realising they’re actually just vulnerable, frail human beings.”


Isaac has revealed he and his castmates had to read their scripts in a room with cameras inside to prevent any leaks, but he accepts the interest surrounding the movie means special measures had to be taken.


He said: ”There was a special room with CCTV where you read the script. It’s a wild world out there, where the hunger for even little titbits is ravenous. As soon as you’re in, you’re part of the world.

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34 thoughts on “UPDATE! Oscar Isaac Talks Acting, Star Wars and More.

  • January 13, 2015 at 10:32 pm


  • January 13, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I’m glad that knows to call them “droids” & not “robots”.

    • January 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      There is a line in ANH where Luke calls them robots…”If they traced the robots here…” Still your point rings true. It’s nice to see actual fans in these roles that no not to refer to things like “Dark Vader”, “Lifesavers”, and “robots” when talking to the media. 🙂

  • January 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Does he imply here that he wields a light saber? I wonder…

  • January 13, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    He looks very “Biggs Darklighter” in that second image.

  • January 13, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I like this guy, seems very down to Earth.

    • January 14, 2015 at 5:34 am

      I wonder if Daisy Ridley is still alive… because it sure doesn’t seem like it the way all Star Wars interviews are with Oscar Issacs or Andy Serkis.

      • January 14, 2015 at 6:58 am

        There aren’t any interviews with Boyega either. But typical of SW fans to only care about Ridley.

        Isaac is being interviewed a lot because he is doing press for his most recent films that have been released.

        As for Boyega and Ridley…something tells me Disney/JJ is orchestrating a media blackout for the two of them until the time is right.

        • January 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm

          I think it’s to keep us all occupied. The actors haven’t revealed much, and it seems like the media bounces from one actor to the other (for example… for a while we were getting Hamil interviews and before that it was anthony Daniels… so on and so forth). I don’t mind though… it gets me excited even though it’s a marketing ploy. It’s sort of like “oh yeah I forgot about that guy, and oh! He thinks VII will kick ass”

          I’m wondering if Lucasfilm struck a deal with news outlets to keep them from prying to much… so they toss them these actors for advertising purposes without having to generate content for us to devour. Though in all fairness we got a Teaser well over a year prior to release + the force for change videos… I wouldn’t mind if they did a few more of them 🙂

        • January 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm

          Yup, very typical.

      • January 14, 2015 at 9:36 pm

        That would be because nobody knows who the fuck Daisy Ridley is…yet.

      • January 15, 2015 at 5:52 pm

        This is only because Isaacs and Serkis have been making the rounds for movies that have been recently released. Reporters are just taking the opportunity to ask them about Star Wars. It seems pretty straight forward.

  • January 13, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    lol with the practical effects thing.

  • January 14, 2015 at 2:50 am

    practical effects… practical effects ..practical effects

    I can not stand these two words anymore.

    • January 14, 2015 at 5:23 am

      Why? Also where in the article does he ever say the words “practical effects?” Your comment just comes off as really annoying and bitchy. He just talks about props, sets, vehicles, and droids, which all make sense to be practical. It’s one thing to bitch on visual effects and CGI, because usually in Star Wars it’s necessary to have blue screens and whatnot, but to be upset that there are real props for lightsabers and sets that they build? That makes no sense to me.

      • January 14, 2015 at 5:31 am

        Stephen, YOU are annoying and bitchy. Sure, he didn’t use the exact words “practical effects,” but my god, can’t the actors say anything in these interviews other than the fact that they’re using props? I think we’ve all established the fact that they’re using models and X-wings. Jeez.

        • January 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

          I think you have a large chip on your shoulder which is leading to paranoia. The only reason he was mentioning props etc was to say how strange/cool he found it to be on stage surrounded by objects which were so familiar to him from the star wars universe.

          • January 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

            I wish you guys would SHUUUT UUUP!

          • January 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm


          • January 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

            LOL. You think it’s bad now? Wait ’til this flick pops out. Even the media will be drooling over that tangible business. qxD

          • January 15, 2015 at 9:55 pm

            It’s funny how all it takes is *real things* to tick off the PT’ers. Do you guys get pissed off when you walk around home and find that everything isn’t rendered in CGI?

        • January 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm

          Obvious troll is obvious… I hope they talk about practical effects even more.. If anything just to piss you off.

  • January 14, 2015 at 3:08 am

    WOW ! i first thought it was a young Billy Dee Williams in the picture, before reading the atricle-title.

    I haven´t really seen the resemblance before.

    Could he possibly be playing….. ?

    • January 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Just what I though yesterday – particularly if you look at the front page of the starwars7 site, with the picture of Oscar above the picture of young Lando in rebels. They look very alike. But then, his surname is Dameron?

    • January 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm


      • January 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm

        it wouldn´t be the first time in star wars, that a character is related to someone & is living under another name….

  • January 14, 2015 at 9:16 am

    lando junior?

  • January 14, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    He looks nothing like Lando, Freddie Prince Sr. maybe, but Han Solo does look like Indiana Jones and Mark Hamil looks like Christopher Walken if Christopher Walken looked like Mark Hamil.
    Now Boy George and Pee Wee Herman could pass for brothers!
    Also the fact that Daisey Ridley looks like Koo Stark and Biggs Darklighter had a mustache like Oscar Isaac has, is a coincidence and meaningless?
    Who is playing 3po’s daughter in this?
    Is Jabbas cousin’s great uncle Grandma Gothoga the Hut in this as well?

  • January 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    2016 Stand alone film: 3po’s daughter

  • January 14, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Just saw him in A Most Violent Year. This guy can act. Hopefully they gave him a role where he can do so again!

    In other words… I’m a big Isaac fan. Now I hope to be a Poe fan as well!

  • January 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    My wife likes to look at dirty images and movies, but if she watches it while using a personal pleasure device she enjoys it even more. So I would say that cgi and props used in the right combination together is your best bet. Hopefully this ends the argument that most of us are tired of reading about.

  • January 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Wow thats hot what were we talking about

  • January 15, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Im a guy and im straight but even I think this guy is hot.

    Im excited about the quality of actors that JJ has put together for this film.

  • January 15, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    It never fully occurred to me, but now that Oscar mentions it I totally agree, I knew Darth Vader was Luke’s father, but the point about Darth Vader representing Fatherhood in general is actually interesting

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