Oscar Isaac Prattles On About Improvisation, The Backlash, and Diversity

IndieWire recently published an interview with Oscar Isaac in a piece entitled, Oscar Isaac Is Taking the Year Off After ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ So He’s Passing on Everything.

In it, Oscar Isaac says:

“The way they’ve been shooting it right now is looser than it’s been for the last two times,” he said, clarifying that Abrams has been allowing more improvisation on the set. “It does feel like a relief to get on set and feel like, ‘Oh, we can try things.’ It’s a testament to J.J. coming back and feeling confident. There’s less pressure for it to be right. We just want to make a good movie and have a really good time while doing it.”

He joked that the improvisatory quality of the production was like “Cassavetes in space,” but said it came naturally to the production. “Often, you do feel like you’ve got to find your way to make something more alive, but this time, it’s been the opposite,” he said. “There’s no need to smuggle anything in there.”

This is interesting given that it was widely reported that the directors Lord & Miller were fired from Solo, due to too much improvisation.  The were also reported to have been fired for making Solo too comedic, despite Jon Kasdan promoting the film as “very funny.”

For screenwriters and father-son duo Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the film’s roots are heavily vested in one of the most central relationships in the universe’s mythology: the friendship between Han and Chewbacca (played in “Solo” by Joonas Suotamo). “To me, this is a love story between Han and Chewie,” the younger Kasdan told the outlet. “Their relationship has always been my favorite part of the saga, and the fact that only Han understands what Chewie is saying, I find a very funny possibility for comedy.”

The more that comes out, the more it seems that the official story being reported on the production problems of Solo is not at all the true story.

But back to Oscar Isaac:

He shrugged off the backlash to the previous installment. “Luckily, since I’m not directing it, producing it, or distributing it, I don’t have to worry so much about fan expectations,” he said. “Also, not all fans have the same expectations.” He compared the response to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to the negativity that met George Lucas’ prequels. “People had very strong feelings, but there wasn’t as much of an organized way to speak out about it,” he said. “People that run blogs and websites need content. So it’s like, ‘There’s some content!’ Five people on Twitter. Hundreds. Whatever it is. Then you make it into a story.”

But he has learned to cope with the possibility that not every project will please the masses. “You make a movie and people are supposed to like, or not like it, or not care about it,” he said. “Those are the only three options. So it’s not shocking that one of those things happened.”

We already know that Oscar doesn’t have to worry about fan expectations.


Nobody does.

Believe it or not Oscar, there were blogs and websites from 1999 to 2005.  And communication existed.  But the backlash against the Prequels was primarily driven by the media, as explained by Ahmed Best and Jake Lloyd.  Oscar is likely only repeating what others have told him here, being highly unlikely that he has actually followed any of these events himself.

But is Isaac telling us, that fans have chosen the option, “not like it” with regards to The Last Jedi?  Perhaps.

He noted that while “there’s definitely an issue of representation” in Hollywood, “I think it really needs to start more with the writers and directors. They’re the ones that write the stories. I don’t think the reasons actors are interesting is for their representational qualities; it’s for their transformative ones. That’s where the magic trick is, where the craft is.”

Still, he bemoaned the same issues of diversity that have dominated many conversations about the state of the film industry lately. “It’s so fucked up what happens, how people who don’t look like the stereotypical white American get marginalized,” he said. “It’s the corporate entities and the studio entities that allow this to happen, who have ideas about what the lead needs to look like. Time and again, those things are disproven. So fuck yeah, you’ve got to make them put more diversity in there. You have to knock it into their brains that it’s a better business move to do that.”

Anyone with half a brain knowns that film and television have been diverse for decades.  Only those who fancy themselves as civil rights heroes pretend that we’re still living in the flatulent 1960s.  Oscar is actually “bemoaning” the lack of diveristy in the “corporate entities and studio entities,” that just produced the purportedly most diverse trilogy in the biggest cinematic IP in history (despite Lando Calrissian appearing on the screen 38 years ago), which he himself appears in.  It takes some seriously monumental delusion to to have these opinions in his position.

I wonder how many priviliged white males will be taking a whole year off to rest up?

17 thoughts on “Oscar Isaac Prattles On About Improvisation, The Backlash, and Diversity

  1. Improv is fine if the setting allows it and you have the performers for it.

    The actors in Star Wars do not have the level of skill required for it to work. And the setting, even without the EU and just the original 6 movies, doesn’t allow for a lot of freedom.

    What this tells me is that Jar Jar doesn’t have a plan for anything. He’s making it up as he goes.

    Episode Nein will suck.

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    • Yep. Jar Jar Abrams hasn’t made anything I like yet. He came close with Lost, but of course botched it because he has no clue how to develop a payoff to all the nonsense he sets up. This will hold true here, and I am quite looking forward to Star Wars: Plan 9’s imminent, Hindenburg-like demise.

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  2. Comes across that he’s fully aware of the amount of ill feeling toward TLJ, but had to recite the “it’s only a few guys on Twitter” line anyway. *Why* he parroted that discredited PR fluff is another matter, though the clue may be in the title.

    As soon as he hit My Diversity though, I lost any interest in continuing. Silly boy.

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    • Yeah, it’s the same thing that Boyega said, that it’s just a few guys on twitter then everyone repeats it. You’d think the lack of attendance for Solo would shake that narrative from their pea-brains, but not so. I still suspect that Episode IX will bring in less at the box office than Solo.

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        • I would never advocate a boycott of Episode IX. As Jeremy said on Geeks&Gamers, boycotts are from a hive mentality. Normal people vote with their dollars … and sense. =D

          From Kennedy to her hirelings to the garbage their shill media — all of whom believed they could shame us into accepting their heavily agenda-based propaganda that held a wonky lightsabre prop: I for one will not darken a cinema door, plunk down good money and waste time watching a movie that will signal to Disney/LucasFilm that doubling down on the non-woke will leave Disney broke.

          The audience does NOT need LucasFilm. LucasFilm, however… needs us. Thank you again, Itchy, for your time and effort in reporting the News.

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      • Unfortunately I don’t think Episode Nein will make less than Solo. The ‘Episodes’ always bring a certain ammount of attention that the spin-offs do not, and the fact that this is the final chapter will help when compared to the rest. I won’t contribute to it, the same way I didn’t contribute to the previous Disney movies. Haven’t seen a Star Wars movie in theaters since the 3D release of The Phantom Menace.


        • Normally that would be true. But I think Disney has bungled things up so badly, that apathy has crept into the general audience. I’m not sure that the majority of the general audience cares enough about these characters to see how it all ends.

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        • Alexrd: “Unfortunately I don’t think Episode Nein will make less than Solo.”

          I’m with you on this one, Alex. Not because I believe Episode Nein will be worthy of viewing, but because JJ’s steady leak of info, contrary to the tight NDAs that were signed, is whetting the appetites of those who are willing to allow (in their minds) a relatively “good” SW movie to stand as an apology for the stream of toxic abuse the fans and customers have had to endure.

          Unfortunately, many SW fans are pretty shallow. In spite of being kicked by the likes of Abrams, Kennedy and Johnson, all Abrams has to do is drop spoiler crumbs along the path he walks to have reviewers jump on each morsel and report it on their channels: OoooOOOooohhhh, breaking news!! Possible spoiler alerts!!

          The spoiler alert I want to see is Disney actively cleaning up Kenney’s Mess: the story group, the silence when shill media doubled down on anyone not towing their line, the articles they themselves produced, the damsel in distress, etc. I want public statements that Disney erred by believing their fanbase/customers were so stupid that a shaming campaign to force the fans’ hands failed, that this was their goal, and that the plan’s failure brings them into the light with a humble request for forgiveness.

          The crumbs “accidentally” dropped by Abrams & Co. lead to a gingerbread house deep in the woods where Kennedy stirs a pot, saying, “Jump right in, boys and girls! You’re going to LOVE this!” My family & I did not leave family-friendly Disney. Disney’s woke agenda, their SJW bots and pansexual lovers, anti-masculinity, pro-feminism agenda made that a stone-cold reality, as far as we’re concerned.


          • I have to respectfully disagree.

            First, I don’t think the leaks are whetting anyone’s appetite. Images of Poe and Finn were released recently, and very few even cared. Another way to look at leaks is as spoilers. The more that is known about the movie, the less of a reason there will be to have to go see it.

            Also, the continuing misbehavior of Lucasfilm reps is overshadowing any news of the production, and putting a bad taste in the mouth of those who follow the news.

            Additionally, I have to go back to Solo. Certainly people were expecting it to bring in less, but not that much less. We can look back in this blog to see all of the lofty predictions, and how Solo fell way short. No one was predicting empty theaters. Of those who showed up for Solo, how many of those can be troubled to come back for Episode IX?

            We can go back to the episodic run argument. But then we have to tackle with the reality that while TLJ did very well on opening weekend, it had a massive decline starting in the 2nd weekend. This means that people weren’t liking what they were seeing. Why would they return for another episodic installment?

            And forge the hard core fans. How many in the general audience now care about Rey, Finn and Poe enough to see what happens next? If hard core fans aren’t interested, what are the chances that the general audience will be?

            Then recently, there was an article published with the headline, Disney Banking on Jon Favreau’s ‘Mandalorian’ to Save the ‘Star Wars’ Galaxy


            Mathew Kadish noted that if this is the case, then Disney doesn’t have much confidence in Episode IX.


            • Just to clarify, my point is not that the audience cares about the characters. It’s that there’s always an interest for the final chapter, irrespective of what came before (and people saw what came before). If we were talking about a middle chapter, sure, I would believe that it could make around the same as Solo. But the final chapter, less that $400 million? I don’t think so, but I hope I’m wrong. It would be the definitive sign that Star Wars is a ‘de facto’ toxic brand and virtually bankrupt. Would love to see the outcome of that.

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              • I could be wrong, but I’m just not sure that’s the case this time around. I’m not seeing much interest in the final chapter outside of the usual SJW cheerleaders.

                But the precedents we can look at are the OT and the PT, didn’t the third chapter in each trilogy do less than the previous two installments?

                We’ve already seen a really poor reception for Resistance, which activists are attempting to compensate for. If The Mandalorian gets the same kind of poor reception, then it’s dead Jim. If the lead is a female under that Mandalorian armor, then it’s just not going to do too well.

                Yes. I’m predicting less than $400 Million for Epsiode IX. It’s a long shot to be sure, so I will most likely be wrong.


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