‘Star Wars’ Actor Oscar Isaac Reveals The Truth About Poe Dameron

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Star Wars’ Actor Oscar Isaac Reveals The Truth About Poe Dameron
Oscar Isaac at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California.July 10, 2015. Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore/Uploaded by Gage

By now, almost everyone has already seen the latest installment of the “Star Wars” franchise, and has welcomed, with open arms, the new crop of “Star Wars” stars. Just recently, actor Oscar Isaac, who portrays X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron in the new film, opened up a little bit more regarding his casting, and his personal favorite experiences in being part of the new “Star Wars” film. WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for “Star Wars-Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

The young X-Wing pilot, Poe Dameron, who is portrayed by actor Oscar Isaac, is one of the first few characters that the audience is introduced to in the first few minutes of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

However, in the first half of the film, the pilot, whose origins were explained in MARVEL comics’ “Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens- Shattered Empire,” the pilot mysteriously goes missing, only to show up in the third part of the film.


According to a recent interview that Isaac did with GQ, he revealed that Poe wasn’t supposed to survive the TIE Fighter crash that caused Finn (John Boyega) to meet Rey (Daisy Ridley) on Jakku.

Isaac, in his interview, recounted that he had met screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams in a café in Paris when they pitched him the role of Poe Dameron.

At first, he was excited about the character description, and was delighted with the fact that his character would open the movie.

However, he became a little bit skeptical and hesitant after discovering that Poe would die in the first part of the film.

He then decided to take some time to think about the role, as he had previously done a similar thing in “The Bourne Legacy.”

A little while later, Isaac decided to accept the role, but when he gave his response to Abrams, he discovered that Abrams and the screenwriters had managed to find a way to included Poe in the entire film, which was just alright with him.

Isaac also revealed that aside from pitching him the character, Abrams and he talked a bit about Poe, his origins, and how it could be shown in other novels, television shows and comic books in the franchise.

Recently, Isaac also had a very fun interview with Collider. He was asked interesting questions such as what color his lightsaber would be, his best and worst day on the set of the film, and was asked to rank his favorites “Star Wars” films from his favorite to least favorite.

First off, he revealed that he would want his lightsaber to be “rainbow” colored.

He then told Collider that his favorite “Star Wars” film was “Return of the Jedi”, as it evokes an emotional response from him as that was the first “Star Wars” film that he saw in the theater.

He then said that his next favorite was “Empire Strikes Back,” followed by “Star Wars: A New Hope,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “Attack of the Clones,” and lastly, “The Phantom Menace.”

With regards to his best day on the set of the film, he stated that it was when he got to shoot a scene with his uncle, a big “Star Wars” fan, who managed to secure a role as an extra.


Isaac then shared his worst experience on the set of the film. It was when he accidentally hit his nose with the butt of his rifle while reshooting a take in which he feels the recoil of the shot he just took at a stormtrooper.

Are you glad that they kept Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron on for the entire film? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.