“J.J. basically told me it was an intense, heroic, dramatic character and he hadn’t seen me do that,” Isaac told GQ, but he still hesitated. “I didn’t know if I could make it interesting. I didn’t know why me and not anybody else.”
Isaac revealed portraying Poe Dameron, a new human male lead with a strong commitment to the Resistance, was among his toughest jobs yet.
“It was hard. I actually felt the most green and insecure that I had in a long time,” he said. “I was like, ‘What am I doing here?’ There was not a lot of room to shade in the character. Every time I tried to do that, it would slow things down too much. J.J. would be like, ‘Get on with it, man!’ Just, ‘Louder! Faster!’ And then I would feel like I was doing that all the time. It felt weird and like I was not being creative. I would get nervous I wasn’t finding enough or I was missing an opportunity.”
But after much hesitation and hard work, Isaac is about to be seen all over the world in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which hits Friday. He has starred in movies like “Ex Machina” and “A Most Violent Year,” and in TV shows like “The Wire” and “Show me a Hero,” but he knows “Star Wars” is a whole other level. He realizes that he might get recognized more after people see him on screen, but he also remained very humble about his imminent stardom.
“Obviously I think a lot of people are going to see ‘Star Wars,’” he says. “I imagine I might get recognized more. But right now it’s still sort of an abstract idea. And, to be honest, that’s something people tell you for a long time. Like, every other movie: ‘Here it comes! Here it comes! You better be ready!'”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Kenny Baker.