Come Friday, kids (and a good potion of parents) everywhere will be shouting his name with their arms thrown out to the side, pretending to blast TIE fighters out the sky as their new Rebel hero. Poe Dameron, otherwise known as Oscar Isaac, is preparing for his formal introduction to the Star Wars universe, and Birth.Movies.Death. sat down with him ahead of The Force Awakens's release to talk about Yoda, Force dodging and -- most interesting of all -- terrible video games.
Here's a bit of Star Wars trivia to impress your friends with while giddily waiting in line for popcorn: Oscar Isaac was actually cast in EA's 2010 action adventure game Dante's Inferno, a hellacious adventure from purgatory to paradise based on Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Check out this brutal trailer for the game below:
Only problem was, Isaac was fired from the project before he finished his voice work. Check out the extract from the interview below, the candid actor having no problem speaking his mind:
Q: I have no idea if Poe makes it out of this movie alive, but even if he doesn’t there are always comics and books and video games to give us untold stories. You talked about that weird collaboration you had in creating the character - are you open to more traditional collaboration in these ways?
A: Sure. I did the voice in the Disney Infinity video game. It’s a more childlike version of the character, but it was fun.
Q: Was that your first time doing voice over?
A: I had done a video game before, but I got fired off it.
Q: How come?
A: I think they just thought I was bad. It was such a shitty game, though. Dante’s Inferno.
Q: That is a really bad game.
Q: You dodged a bullet there.
A: I had no choice. It was a Force dodge.
Well, I don't think anyone could accuse him of having made any misjudged career decisions. With Isaac's A-list derrière sitting snugly in an X-wing cockpit and Dante's Inferno being on precisely nobody's mind after flopping five years ago, it's pretty clear who had the last laugh.
Though you won't find him gallivanting around the nine circles of Hell, you can catch Isaac playing Poe Dameron THIS FRIDAY when The Force Awakens hits cinemas.