After landing a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens it looks as though Oscar Isaac is having a hell of a time.
And he’s even given us a small hint about what it’s like to be a part of the Star Wars universe.
During an interview with IGN Movies, the 28-year-old Star Wars star explained what it was like to work with some of the biggest names in the galaxy far, far away.
“It was totally like living out a childhood dream,” he said. “Being on those sets and being surrounded by those people – talking to Anthony Daniels, seeing him getting suited up, and Peter Mayhew putting on the suit again – that was incredible.”
Of course, Isaac was recently confirmed to have appeared as a (currently unidentified) Rebel Pilot in the Star Wars VII trailer. So, it’s likely that he’ll be sharing a fair bit of screen time with some Star Wars legends.
But what was it like to climb into those actual X-Wing cockpits?
“There was just so much love poured into it and so much care,” he said about the director’s insistence to use practical effects. “The thing is, when you rely on the latest technology to tell your story – and that’s it – that dates. It can date badly. Whereas, when you actually make the stuff, I think there’s something about that that is a little bit more ageless.”
Although Star Wars is known for its distinctive visuals, it’s a lot more than that. Sure, Star Wars VII is bound to include some breath-taking visual effects and high-tech wizardry. But Isaac reveals that he and the rest of the cast were keen to keep it grounded.
“If you watch Harrison Ford in [the originals], he doesn’t give a f***, you know? [Laughs] He’s just being a real person. He’s funny. You can even hear little ad-libs and things like that… [It’s similar on this film]. There’s less of a formality, I think. I think the biggest thing, the most important part of the story, is the emotional aspect of it. I think that’s what most of us were keyed into: ‘What is the emotion of the thing?’ The spectacle is secondary to that.”
Although we’ve only seen a short, 88-second clip, there’s already plenty of spectacle in the Star Wars VII teaser trailer. There are new stormtroopers, new speeders and plenty of all-new characters.
But what about that new lightsaber?
“I think it’s amazing,” he said. “It’s so cool… If Darth Vader had one of those, he wouldn’t have lost his hand!”
Interesting point… and while I can’t help thinking that the new lightsaber is going to divide the fanbase for some time, I hear this new style has a very specific purpose. But perhaps that would be giving too much away. Love it or hate it, it seems there’s a good reason for its existence. And that’s kinda cool.
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