Oscar Isaac revealed in an interview that initially he was hesitant to sign on for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The 36-year-old actor said he was approached last year to play fighter pilot Poe Dameron, but wasn't sure he liked the original idea Abrams had in mind for the character.
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Speaking with GQ for an interview published Saturday, the day after "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hit movie theaters, Isaac said Abrams originally wanted to kill off Poe in the opening scene.
“I’d done that before. Set up the plot for the main guy and then die spectacularly,” Isaac said.
Abrams told GQ he really wanted the actor as Poe, so they sat down and had a long discussion about the character.
“I wanted to impress upon him how much I wanted this to work,” the director said. “We talked about the story and who this character could be. I loved the collaboration. People like Oscar are the people you listen to.”
Even though Abrams was still set on killing Poe, Isaac agreed to join "Episode 7." Shortly after he signed on, however, he said Abrams told him that he had changed his mind about Poe's fate and the character would be "in the whole movie now."
“We began to see a way that being in the movie would be worth his time and the audience’s," Abrams explained.
After learning that his character would be sticking around, Isaac then had to start preparing for the role. In an interview with Esquire earlier this month, the actor said he read about "being a pilot in a war" to help get ready for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
He elaborated, telling Fox News Latino he thinks World War II fighter pilots are "the closest thing to superheroes that we have."
“They soar above all the rest of us at incredible speeds and they have to have so many things clear in their minds," Isaac said. "There's so many things happening. So the fact that they can do this and survive and excel gives them a sense of invincibility, a sense of immortality. And some swagger."