Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oscar Isaac Talks Episode VII

By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars Episode VII star Oscar Isaac spoke with Entertainment Weekly recently to talk about his upcoming film The Two Faces of January and naturally the topic of Episode VII came up.  While Isaac doesn't give much away he does reveal that one scene he was involved in also featured "hundreds of Stormtroopers."  He also discussed working with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, as well as being involved in such a major franchise.  

Check out an except from the interview below,
Is being in something as high-profile as Star Wars affecting the kinds of decisions you’re making about your own career going forward?
I’ve never been good at those kinds of calculations. It’s more like, if I get something and I read it and I think that there is something to do here or it’s different in some way or, like, that’s a psyche I’d like to inhabitit’s more about that. It’s impossible to know what you’re going to get, you know? That’s how I look at it.

Have you had much interactions with the original trio of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill on or off-screen?
Yeah, I have. Both. They’re such funny people. Carrie is hilarious and doing such cool work. Harrison is back. He went on hiatus for a little while, but he’s 150 percent back. It’s pretty amazing to see him bounce back. He looks incredible. Everyone’s having a really good time. J.J. sets that tone. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and it’s being done with a lot of heart. There’s nothing cynical about the way we’re doing this. Even the in way he’s shooting ithe’s shooting on film and actually building the sets, so you’ve got hundreds of Stormtroopers or whatever, and hundreds of extras and all the ships. You actually see it. It’s all real. Everyone can interact with the world.

What do you think of this culture of leaked photos from set and this insatiable hunger for specific details about this new installment?
People want to know all those special things and when those iconic moments are going to happen, but if all that gets revealed beforehand I feel like it robs people of that moment when they’re sitting there watching it for the first time.

The original Star Wars, of which you’ve said you’re a big fan, are filled with cheesy lines and dialogue which the actors have not shied away from criticizing over the years. How does this compare?
Yeah. [Laughs] I’m constantly looking for a cheesy line to say to harken back to the old ones. No, what they’re trying to do and what’s really great is J.J.’s been loosening it up a little bit and trying to make it alive and energized. It’s not formal. They’re messy, energized people. We’ve all intentionally tried to do that. Just make it a little more fiery and messy.

It's cool to hear about the fact that there were so many Stormtroopers on set.  Now we have until December 18, 2015 to speculate about what's going on in this scene....
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