Oscar Isaac on Star Wars, John Boyega, and racists

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Oscar Isaac is a busy man in the realm of nerdom. Not only is he going to be playing the evil ancient mutant in X-Men: Apocalypse, but he’s also going to be in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (He’s seen piloting an X-Wing in the teaser trailer.) Talking to IGN, Isaac has many great things to say about the Star Wars movie.

Isaac on how Abrams is making the film timeless.

“There was just so much love poured into it and so much care,” he said about the director wanting to use practical effects and sets. “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.”

The actor geeks out about being on set and meeting some of the cast members.

“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.”

He then talks about how the story is very important and that it will have more focus on special effects.

“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.”

It’s sad to hear that we still have people upset about John Boyega dressed up as a stormtrooper. Well, Isaac says that having him be the first character to pop up in the trailer is like a big middle finger to racists.

“What’s great about it is, it’s like, ‘Are you a racist? Here’s a perfect way of revealing that to everyone!’ [Laughs] What I loved about the trailer too is, like, the giant middle finger of the first thing you see, right off the bat: John’s face — BAM! So it is, yeah, ‘Just deal with it.'”

Many fans had problems with the crossguard lightsaber. The actor thinks otherwise.

“I think it’s amazing. It’s so cool… If Darth Vader had one of those, he wouldn’t have lost his hand!”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters in our galaxy on December 18, 2015.

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