Oscar Isaac And Domhnall Gleeson on Their First Time Walking on The Force Awakens’ Set

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While promoting their latest movie Ex-Machina, at the South by Southwest Film Festival, both actors briefly talked about The Force Awakens. Isaac revealed what it was like walking on the set for the first time, while Gleeson couldn’t even confirm if he is part of the movie at all. 🙂




First E Online asked both actors what it was like walking on set for the first time.


“It was amazing,” Isaac said. “It’s an incredible set. J.J. is such a fun, positive guy.”


“It was really amazing to actually see all the stuff he created,” he continued. “It was actually real and tactile. He’s not just depending on CG. As an actor it was really fun to interact with that world.”



Gleeson added:


“It was great, man, they built the sets with a lot care and love. I loved it, man. It was fantastic.”



Domhnall Gleeson


In another interview, MTV News caught up with the duo and gave Isaac a little pop quiz.


“Yeah,” Isaac said when asked if he could spell the Irish Gleeson’s first name, then immediately tripped up.


Gleeson said, “I feel like I just had a stroke.” Gleeson wouldn’t even confirm that he’s in “Star Wars.” Or that Isaac, whose character we’ve seen in the trailer already, is in it either, for that matter.


“Oscar’s in the trailer, sure, but he might not be in the movie,” Gleeson said.




Well nothing much to see here. Move along.


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42 thoughts on “Oscar Isaac And Domhnall Gleeson on Their First Time Walking on The Force Awakens’ Set

  • March 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Well, the video is pretty funny:)

  • March 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I wish I could keep secrets like Domhnall Gleeson!

    • March 15, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      with all this hype i sincerely hope the practical effects don’t look fake. because everything I’ve seen in the teaser so far looked fake.

      • March 15, 2015 at 6:49 pm

        Really? I thought the effects looked awesome, especially for an early teaser.

        Teasers and trailers usually have unfinished effects, and this particular movie is going to get world-class polish. That’s the one thing I’m 100% sure of regarding the film. SW has always been top of the line when it comes to VFX (heck, even the loathsome Jar Jar was a ground-breaking CGI character).

        But, to be honest, I’d be happy with wobbly ’70s effects and stop-motion twitchiness if the story is compelling & enjoyable.

        • March 15, 2015 at 9:38 pm

          So when you walk around your home do you bitch about how everything looks fake because it’s not cgi?

          • March 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm

            He probably does.. LOL

          • March 16, 2015 at 12:39 am

            Yeah, because that’s exactly what I said isn’t it.

            I understand that your reading comprehension is low, and you’re probably just trolling. But, in case you’re simply a well-meaning idiot, let me explain that I meant that I care much more about the story quality than any issues in special effects.

          • March 16, 2015 at 1:10 am

            Yeah? You look fake!

          • March 16, 2015 at 1:55 am

            Lolz…trolling? I love how you don’t see the irony in that accusation considering your first post! The teaser was fantastic.

          • March 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm

            that is the best comment i will read all day

      • March 15, 2015 at 9:36 pm

        To be fair, most of what we saw in the trailer that you’re probably saying “looked fake” was CGI. (Though I thought it looked good).

        Up close, we could see a bit of a speeder thing. But it zooming away was at least partially CG. CG falcon/ties, CG X-wings. At least we had actual trooper costumes. Refreshing after all the CG clonetroopers.

        • March 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm

          How do you know that the speeder and x wings are cgi? I thought those looked pretty real. I’m almost positive the speeder was a super imposed model or prop with cgi engine glow

          • March 17, 2015 at 7:02 am

            Yes Rey’s speeder is most definitely a physical prop.

        • March 16, 2015 at 12:12 am

          clonetroopers where not all CGI.

          • March 16, 2015 at 1:45 am

            Cite one that wasn’t

          • March 16, 2015 at 2:08 am

            Every single clonetrooper was cgi. It was officially stated that not a single clonetrooper costume was ever created for the films.

          • March 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

            Every single clonetrooper in the prequels were CGI. Not a single suit was ever made by Lucasfilm.

      • March 16, 2015 at 12:02 am

        And ANH looked real? Yet everyone loved it!

      • March 16, 2015 at 2:56 am

        What it looked like was unfinished like most trailers for CGI movies do. They’re not going to half ass anything of this nature with a 200 million dollar budget. Your concerns are invalid.

      • March 17, 2015 at 5:04 pm

        “They have a forum Troll” ~ Boromir

  • March 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    -bangs head on wall-

    Yes people. We’ve established the fact that they’re using practical effects.

    How about a detail or two about the story? No?

    • March 15, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      The actors aren’t allowed to give out details regarding the story. At all. It’s part of their contract. They’d risk multimillion dollar fines and the destruction of their careers by saying anything beyond what is already revealed.

      Personally, I think the emphasis on practical effects is good & enjoyable for the actors. I know Anthony Daniels said something to that effect.

      It makes me think about Ian McKellen crying on one of the Hobbit green screen sets.

      “This is not why I became an actor,” he grumbled, while sitting alone in against an emerald backdrop. As opposed to the LoTR trilogy, where they used forced perspective and camera tricks to fake the height difference.

      It’s hard to stay in character and pull off convincing emotions when acting under any circumstances; to be in a big-budget flick these days means spending weeks or months in a green box. It has to be liberating and fun to be on an actual set—especially sets constructed with as much love and detail as these appear to be.

      • March 16, 2015 at 8:56 am

        I agree with you in every way but that Ian McKellen story got on my nerves. Like Sir Ian cried on the set he was making millions for! This guy was in “The Last Action Hero” for gods sakes! When you are an actor you understand it’s part of the job and if not you can always do Broadway or off Broadway! I saw Death of a Salesman with Phillip Seymour Hoffman (God rest his soul) and all the cast had was a chair and a desk. If you are a great actor you make do!

  • March 15, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    ‘It is practical, not CGI” talk again?! really!!!

    I’am bored !!!

    • March 15, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Well yeah.. they are promoting an entirely different movie and it’s one of the only things they can mention this early before the actual promotion cycle

    • March 15, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Go watch some Chappelle’s Show.

  • March 15, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Interesting how panicked Gleeson got when he thought Oscar gave something away. If the actors are this protective of the movies secrets, then you know the rest of crew are as well. No way that we know as much as we think we do. Very few people are going to know the full story for some guy in Cali to be going around saying he knows the whole film

  • March 15, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    “It was really amazing to actually see all the stuff he created,” he continued. “It was actually real and tactile. He’s not just depending on CG. As an actor it was really fun to interact with that world.”

    LMAO. My boy Isaac will just not let up on that CGI smack talk!

  • March 15, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Its all happened so fast I`m disorienteaed. I still can`t believe how fast its all happened. Seems like this time last year we were waiting for the build up for them to begin filming, then the year just went by so fast and they finished it. And in the same year they managed a teaser trailer also. They must be absolutely working flat out.

    I remember watching one time a show where they went into the place where they do all the CGI and effects, with all the computer workstations and tried to talk with a guy at his computer screen, he turned around for a few seconds and tried to talk to the interviewer and his boss went ballistic mad, saying get back to work don`t talk – tight deadlines. So looks like its sweat shop working conditions behind the scenes. Some real pressure.

  • March 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I can’t wait to see these two in action.
    I can’t wait to see TFA with the other actors, those sets all are talking about…

  • March 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I’m actually excited to see both of these movies. Practical effects talk doesn’t bother me. I can see how it’s an easy joke as yes they do seem to mention it all the time.

    Still I don’t care as I’m a firm believer in practical effects with CGI help. CGI used sparingly… They are both great tools when used correctly!

    Most important of all though is the actual storyline! I think even the PT would have been fine if I had liked the story. Even with it’s overuse of CGI backdrops etc.

    • March 16, 2015 at 12:17 am

      I like PT story and VFX.
      I really do not care if something is practical or CGI. If looks good.

      • March 16, 2015 at 1:22 am

        Nobody care that Disney-Wars story are FAKE ?!?!?

      • March 16, 2015 at 2:22 am

        I didn’t but that’s how opinions work 🙂

        When I say I’m a firm believer it’s simply because the results usually speak for themselves. I mean one is real from the start. While the other is generated from nothing. We’ve come a long way though.

    • March 16, 2015 at 3:10 am

      They used a lot of models in the prequels, actually a whole lot of physical models for the planets and locations as a matter of fact. But Star Wars fans tend to act like self proclaimed filmmaking experts when they don’t know jackshit about what they’re talking about. Whether they were using practical effects or not to make the scenery it would still be a lot of green screen and the fucking point was to push technology forward. In case you couldn’t tell by today’s landscape of blockbuster films popping out left and right, George Lucas accomplished exactly what he intended to business and technology-wise with the prequels.

      • March 16, 2015 at 4:53 am

        This has been argued to death on this site, with the inevitable link to PT model making.

        Yes, there definitely were a bunch of cool models constructed for the PT, but GL still added a ton of CGI on top of it anyway. Like earlier mentioned… not a single clone trooper was wearing a costume… every single one was CGI and it really showed. In one case an animation was literally reversed (when Obi wan is handed his lightsaber… it’s awful!)

        The green screen wasn’t what bothered me about the PT CGI, I mean OT used a ton of Blue screen and I enjoy the effect either way. I think it works best to use practical for foreground & CGI for background… in many PT scenes it went the other way around.

        Models work best for things that have detailed textures… something like a Star Destroyer would look better as a model, because it has thousands of ledges that cast shadows. Natural lighting still looks far superior to a CGI impression of what cast shadows are *supposed* to look like. I’m pretty sure in Star Trek the enterprise was CGI but in that case you are dealing with a smooth object that doesn’t have thousands of cast shadows.

        Some people complain about the fake looking matte paintings used as backgrounds in the OT… well sure, that was a limitation of the time. I don’t think anyone is arguing that a matte painting should be used if a CGI scene might look better. There are still some cases where matte paintings are superior… it depends on what’s being depicted. IMDB does credit a matte painter among Episode VII’s crew so at least some of what we’ll be seeing will be paintings.
        Painting is a timeless medium that CGI can’t compete with in some cases… just think about art schools & what people focus on when they study art. A painter studies how light & color influence a scene (a yellow wall might reflect yellow light onto a nearby object)… these are things CGI artists aren’t necessarily properly trained to handle. It’s all about using the right tool for the right job.

        The precedent of using CGI where it isn’t needed will be done away with because it’s what will date films from the 2000’s until now… just like films from the 90’s look dated whenever you see those slow-motion-people-jumping-away-from-exploding-buildings sort of thing. I guess a good analogy is when music engineers put heavy reverb on snare drums in the 80’s… that was a trend that was done away with. CGI is cool but lets move onto something new… I’m awful curious because I’ve heard SW7 will make a lot of use of 3D printing technology… perhaps to build complex props that wouldn’t have been able to be created before? Thousands of X wings & Ties? I guess we’ll see… whatever it is I think we’re in for a treat.

      • March 16, 2015 at 7:19 am

        An yet the movies sucked. No one ever questioned George’s business sense.

        • March 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

          Prequels are great SW movies.

          • March 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm

            They’re mediocre. Exercises in CGI with one movie demonstrating a character arc and the other two middling along in a space opera setting, which genre fans appreciate but easily forgotten outside those fans. Fans outside the genre remember Darth Maul, and not much else.

          • March 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

            The prequels were loaded with mythological archetypes, philosophical ideals, strong metaphors, along with compelling drama and emotion.
            The sets were grandiose, the props were wonderfully designed. The acting was superb, McDermott’s performance alone was magnificent.
            Yoda was awe inspiring, Ewan McGregor was fantastic, Liam was extraordinary, Portman was superb.
            The hard work by all on the prequals showed and kept people coming back, again and again…the box office draw surpassed the movies of the times.
            The prequels were a success.
            It is time for a new trilogy, and the prequels will be revisited in a new light for years to come.

          • March 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

            Seriously? Yoda looked like an extra out of hong kong fooey…
            (Showing my age)
            Average films with some great scenes. Poor, poor scripts and duff direction.
            Cant wait for 18/12.

          • March 20, 2015 at 10:39 am

            To describe something as having duff direction certainly shows your mentality, regardless of your age. There is no comparison to Hong Kong Fooey.
            Yoda was done diligently, with conviction, and great emotion. The animator should have won an Oscar for her outstanding work.
            You couldn’t grasp what was in front of you and jumped on a band wagon of finger pointers who sound like a broken record of spoiled imitators.

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