Oscar Isaac on Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Resistance compared to the Rebels

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In Return of the Jedi, the Emperor dies at the hands of Darth Vader, and the Rebellion has stopped the Empire from taking over the galaxy. Remnants of the two factions are still there with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Resistance will be picking up after the Rebellion and The First Order will follow in the path of The Empire. Is there a difference between the Resistance and Rebels? How about The First Order and Resistance? Oscar Isaac, who plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, tells io9 what the difference is.

“Just think about the words,” Isaac said. “One is to rebel against, so it’s an offensive action. Resisting is on the defensive. So I think the big difference is that [The Resistance] is even more cornered.”

It would seem that the galaxy is always at a struggle. It seems that the Rebellion’s victory at the end of Return of the Jedi wasn’t a big blow to the Empire as originally thought.

Isaac said of the Resistance, “There’s less of them” and “It’s slightly less organized.”

He then talks about how his character’s backstory he mentioned in interviews inspired the Star Wars: Shattered Empire comic by Marvel.

“This is one of the very cool things about working with Lucasfilm and J.J. [Abrams] is we’re creating this stuff together,” Isaac said. “And they’re open to that and they’re excited by that. So [the backstory] was a collaboration. That was me realizing that Yavin, the Rebel base at the end of A New Hope, was shot in Guatemala. I was born in Guatemala. This takes place 30 years later. Which is close to my age. And so I thought ‘Why couldn’t Poe be from Yavin? He could be from there, that rebel base.’ And I said that in some interviews. Lucasfilm heard that, it got back to the creators of Shattered Empire and they thought ‘That’s a cool idea.’ This is the first time where me talking about my character background I usually do as an actor, I get a comic book out of it. It’s pretty wild. They’re doing a beautiful job. I think it’s great. The story itself I had nothing to do with just the seed of that’s where Poe in born.”

The comic follows Dameron’s parents as they battle on Endor while also helping Luke to obtain a historical Jedi item.

The actor then talks about the X-Wing upgrades.

“They’re faster. They’re more maneuverable. Just think about a BMW from 30 years ago to now. It’s more computerized,” he said. “You notice instead of the four thrusters, it’s got the one that separates, it’s a more high powered engine. The guns also. The targeting is better on them, you can get way more specific with taking out individuals from very up high.”

Isaac reveals more about his character’s loyalty to the Resistance.

“The Resistance is everything to him,” Isaac said. “He comes from a line of Resistance fighters. He has pledged his total allegiance to the Resistance. He believes in The Force and he wants to take down the First Order. So he puts his life on the line at any given moment to do that.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th.

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