Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker's Oscar Isaac reflects on his experience playing Poe in the films

He’s the dashingly handsome, versatile actor who provided some of the lighter touches to the last two entries in one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.

But Oscar Isaac, the actor behind adventurous pilot Poe Dameron in the Star Wars saga’s Force Awakens in 2015 and The Last Jedi in 2017, still marvels at his good fortune of being such an integral part of the blockbuster series.

In a sit-down with Variety, the 40-year-old actor talked about what it feels like to be looking back on the experience, now that the third film in this latest Star Wars trilogy, The Rise Of Skywalker, is set to hit theaters on Friday.

Poe Dameron himself: Oscar Isaac, the actor behind adventurous pilot Poe Dameron in the Star Wars saga, still marvels at his good fortune of being such an integral part of the series

Poe Dameron himself: Oscar Isaac, the actor behind adventurous pilot Poe Dameron in the Star Wars saga, still marvels at his good fortune of being such an integral part of the series

‘Now, having finished the whole arc of it and being here at this moment that seemed so, so far away at that time when we were first kind of venturing out on this journey — it's a really wild place to be,’ Isaac said. 

‘Like being on the top of the mountain looking back down at the thing that we just climbed and thinking, “Wow, I never thought I'd get this far!”‘

He also acknowledged how unpredictable the story and character development — famously kept under a super-tight lid by director J.J. Abrams and company — could be.

‘The uncertainty of knowing that I had to do something but not knowing how I was going to be used [in the movies], that was an interesting adjustment,’ Oscar continued. 

Sci fi action: In a recent sit-down, the actor discussed what it feels like to be looking back on the experience, now that the latest Star Wars film, The Rise Of Skywalker, hits theaters Friday

Sci fi action: In a recent sit-down, the actor discussed what it feels like to be looking back on the experience, now that the latest Star Wars film, The Rise Of Skywalker, hits theaters Friday

Odd man out: 'Having finished the whole arc of it and being here at this moment that seemed so, so far away at that time when we were first kind of venturing out on this journey — it's a really wild place to be,' Isaac said; seen here last week promoting the film in Japan

Odd man out: ‘Having finished the whole arc of it and being here at this moment that seemed so, so far away at that time when we were first kind of venturing out on this journey — it's a really wild place to be,’ Isaac said; seen here last week promoting the film in Japan

‘It's also been an interesting journey as an actor with the development of a character that's always been a bit of a wild card as far as the energy and his use of the story.’

But perhaps most interestingly, the Inside Llewyn Davis star said the sheer immensity of Star Wars as a cultural phenomenon makes it difficult for him to feel like he’s on the inside of things.

‘Knowing that there's a lot of people that really enjoy the character [of Poe], it's very difficult to feel any ownership over this, because it is such a cultural phenomenon. And it's so much bigger than any one movie, any one performance, any one character,’ he reflected. 

‘So I don't really feel like an insider, even though I am. I still feel like I'm kind of looking at it from the outside, being like, “This is a crazy thing and I just happened to be part of it.” But it's just so, so massive.’ 

The clan: Oscar Isaac stars with Daisy Ridley (left) and John Boyega (right) in Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

The clan: Oscar Isaac stars with Daisy Ridley (left) and John Boyega (right) in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

The actor, who made a name for himself before the Star Wars films thanks to his Golden Globe-nominated turn in the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis along with his lead role in 2014’s Ex Machina, also talked about a ‘trick’ he would use while acting on set, that didn’t work as well on the Star Wars movies.

‘I was able to do the trick that I kind of always do, which is really put myself in the mentality that, “well, no one might see this and it's not about that and really, it's just about what's happening right now,”‘ he said. 

‘It was difficult in the second one to kind of maintain that illusion, after seeing how massive it was.’ 

Aside from The Rise Of Skywalker, Oscar has another huge sci-fi epic on the horizon: Dune, the newest adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel by Arrival director Denis Villeneuve, arrives in theaters in December of 2020.

Star Wars power players: (from left) Anthony Daniels (aka C3P0), John Boyega, director J.J. Abrams, Daisy Ridley, Isaac, producer Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Chris Terrio pose with R2-D2 and BB-8 at the Japan premiere of the film this week

Star Wars power players: (from left) Anthony Daniels (aka C3P0), John Boyega, director J.J. Abrams, Daisy Ridley, Isaac, producer Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Chris Terrio pose with R2-D2 and BB-8 at the Japan premiere of the film this week

Sci-fi legend in the making: Aside from The Rise Of Skywalker, Oscar has another huge sci-fi epic on the horizon — Dune, the newest adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel

Sci-fi legend in the making: Aside from The Rise Of Skywalker, Oscar has another huge sci-fi epic on the horizon — Dune, the newest adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel

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