Oscar Isaac recently sat down with Vulture to discuss his newest film Ex Machina, and his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Of course, the actor couldn’t say much, but he did talk about the top-secret nature of Star Wars and how he learned of his role as Poe Dameron.
Isaac was asked about how the “art of secret keeping” and if he even knew what the name of the movie was, that he was auditioning for.
"“I don’t think they really knew the title for a long time … or if they did, it was kept under wraps. You know what? I think I learned it when everybody else did, when it was announced.”"
It’s not surprising in the least to know that not even the actor knew the title, before the general public. He goes on to talk about how information hungry the public, particularly Star Wars fans are, for anything from The Force Awakens.
"“People are so hungry for information and content that it’s just easier when you don’t tell people that much. Even something small you might say could get misconstrued! For example, someone asked me if I was interested in working with Rian Johnson, who’s directing the next Star Wars movie, and I said, “Sure, I’d like to work with him” … and then people reported that I’ll be in that movie.“"
Sadly, he’s right. That’s basically why rumor sites and Star Wars fan-message boards exist, to interpret each and every single sound-byte coming from anyone that has even the remotest thing to do with the movie.
Oscar Isaac went on to talk about how J.J. Abrams’ promise to work with less blue screen and more actual set, was being enforced during filming. He remarked on the fact that there were blue-screens here and there, but they were not prevalent.
"“Yeah, there would be some blue-screens here and there, but for the most part, I interacted with full sets and everything.”"
Any Star Wars movie is going to have a certain amount of CGI, but its overuse in Episodes I-III were a rather large reason that most fans did not enjoy the movies. It looks like Abrams will bring back that level of excellent story-telling and use of actual on-set props, that helped make Episodes IV-VI so good…and that’s a darn good thing.