NYDailyNews.com — The first movie the ‘A Most Violent Year’ actor saw in the movie theater as a child was ‘Return of the Jedi,’ and now he’s flying his own X-Wing Fighter.
At 35, Oscar Isaac is a serious and accomplished actor, but the night before he was due on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” he reverted to the four-year-old who first fell in love with the franchise.
“I remember being in my hotel room and using a shampoo bottle for an X-wing and flying it around my room,” Isaac told the Daily News. “That’s how you tap back into that spirit.” He may not play a Jedi in the movie—while he won’t spill details about the upcoming movie, it’s clear from the trailer that he gets to pilot an X-Wing Fighter bigger than a shampoo bottle—but the Force is strong in Isaac.
“I was a big fan,” says the star of “A Most Violent Year.” “The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was (1983’s) ‘Return of the Jedi.'”
Fast-forward 32-years and Isaac is living a dream shared by many “Star Wars” fanatics. “In fact, I realized that was the key to the character and into the world,” added Isaac, “was reverting back to that childlike feeling.”
Isaac will have plenty of chances in the coming year to tap into that feeling: in addition to the highly anticipated J.J. Abrams-directed “The Force Awakens” that’s set for release on Dec. 18, Isaac is starring in “X-Man: Apocalypse” as the villain Apocalypse, as well as in “Ex-Machina” as a somewhat creepy scientist.
“I really do like Sci-fi,” Isaac said. “It’s never about aliens and mutants and robots (for me), it’s actually about the human condition and us trying to express something about existence and the mystery of it.”
If his string of Sci-fi flicks makes him into a “geek god” of sorts, he’d happily take the mystery out of that. “Well, I guess a geek god that’s also a geek,” the Golden Globe-nominated actor admitted.
There’s nothing geeky about Isaac’s starring role as Abel Morales in “A Most Violent Year” alongside Jessica Chastain. “He is someone who is very confident in their vision and everything that he’s doing is exactly that,” he said of the J.C. Chandor film out this month.
Thankfully, Isaac didn’t have to use a lightsaber to get the part that was originally cast by Javier Bardem.
“Jessica Chastain had already been cast and told me that there was potentially a role that was going to open up and that I should be on the look out for it,” he recalled.
Similar to Isaac’s tight-lipped approach to any “Star Wars” news, his character in the Chandor film doesn’t divulge information easily either.
“He’s an unusual type of man, who doesn’t give up his secrets easily,” he described about getting to know the part. “Suddenly he started to appear to me and I was able to get a real handle on who he was.”