Along with his upcoming role as the namesake villain in X-Men Apocalypse, Oscar Isaac is also a key player in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, what does he make of Abrams’ long-awaited sequel in a galaxy far, far away?
Isaac chatted with IGN about a wide range of topics in regard to the new Star Wars, and the rebel pilot dropped some knowledge that has us psyched for a return to form for the famed franchise. For one thing, Isaac says you don’t have to worry the film will be FX-heavy to the point of ridiculousness (see: the Star Wars prequel trilogy):
“There was just so much love poured into it and so much care. 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.
It was totally like living out a childhood dream. 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.”
Along with confirmation that they’re aiming for the look of the original trilogy — and not the super-glossy prequels — Isaac also elaborated on the attitude they’re aiming for with the first proper Star Wars film in a decade. This time around? They’re going for some straight-up Han Solo-style swagger and a focus on characters:
“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.”
Isaac also chimed in on the great lightsaber crossguard controversy, which set the Internet ablaze with snark in the wake of the debut trailer. Though we still don’t know the identity of the shrouded baddie rocking the new weapon, Isaac claims it'll look awesome in execution:
“I think it's amazing. It’s so cool... If Darth Vader had one of those, he wouldn't have lost his hand!”
Check out the full interview here. Go ahead, check it out — what else are you going to do to kill the time until Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in December 2015?