Obviously if you haven’t had a chance to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ quite yet you should turn back as we’ve got a major spoiler to drop for at least one character. One of the newer actors in this galaxy far far away that did last through the end of the first movie in the new trilogy originally wasn’t supposed to. Who would that be? With an impressive cast of new characters including John Boyega’s Finn, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, BB-8, Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux, and Gwendoline Christie’s massively underused Captain Phasma, there were quite a few new major players to choose from.
The one who wasn’t long for this world was actually none other than Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron. The ace pilot for the Resistance wasn’t meant to live on after that Tie Fighter crash early in the film, but he had such a likable on screen presence that he ended up surviving.
Here is how he initially found out about the role according to his interview in GQ Magazine:
Isaac says he had been summoned to Paris for what he suspected might be a role in The Force Awakens. Sure enough, earlier that day, he had met with Abrams, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and Abrams had pitched him the character of Poe Dameron, a badass fighter pilot battling against the remnants of the Empire.
“He’s amazing!” said Abrams.
“Sounds good!” thought Isaac, whose first experience in a movie theater had been seeing The Empire Strikes Back.
“He opens the whole movie!” said Abrams.
“Sounds great!” thought Isaac.“And then,” Abrams went on. “He dies.”
“Oh,” thought Isaac.
Obviously Isaac wasn’t thrilled about the idea but who could pass up on being in a ‘Star Wars’ film even with how poorly the last three were received? It seems that the initial meeting went real well as according to Isaac:
“I went back home [to New York], and I thought about it. Then I wrote him and said, ‘Okay. I’ll do it!’ I figured it would be a cameo: I’ll come in, do my thing, and maybe it’s actually better not to have to sign myself up for three movies.” However, after Isaac decided, Abrams had already retooled the script and said, “Never mind. I’ve figured it out. You’re in the whole movie now.” And Isaac says, “I was like, ‘Holy shit! Alright, cool.’”
While his return was a little rushed, I do have to say I quite enjoyed Issac on screen in the film. I feel he has the right personality that the Rebel Alliance needs to have in a key position as a posterchild for the war effort and hope they use him for something similar in future ‘Star Wars’ films.
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Source: Slash Film