Oscar Isaac on Filming 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': "Like Living Out a Childhood Dream"

New movie is focused on the emotional story of the characters, not the spectacle

Now that we’ve finally had a chance to see some of next year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens — well, 88 seconds or so of it, anyway — Oscar Isaac has opened up about the experience of filming the first Star Wars movie in more than a decade.

“It was totally like living out a childhood dream," the actor told IGN. "Being on those sets and being surrounded by those people — talking to Anthony Daniels, seeing him getting suited up, and Peter Mayhew putting on the suit again — that was incredible.”

The movie returns to a character-based focus after the more plot-centric prequel trilogy, the actor revealed. “I think the biggest thing, the most important part of the story, is the emotional aspect of it," he said. "I think that's what most of us were keyed into: 'What is the emotion of the thing?' The spectacle is secondary to that."

That also means a return to the humor of the original trilogy, he went on to suggest. “If you watch Harrison Ford in [the originals], he doesn’t give a f—, you know?” he asked. “He’s just being a real person. He’s funny. You can even hear little ad-libs and things like that.” That feeling is present in The Force Awakens, Isaac said. “There’s less of a formality, I think.”

Isaac also commented on the online furor that has arisen from John Boyega's role in the movie, with some fans complaining about the presence of a black Stormtrooper in the movie. "What's great about it is, it's like, 'Are you a racist? Here's a perfect way of revealing that to everyone,'" he joked. "It's about a story, and it's about these characters. [Boyega's] a great actor, and he's so good in this movie. And, you know, why not [have a black Stormtrooper]?"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18, 2015.

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