Star Wars 8: Oscar Isaac Reflects on Working with Carrie Fisher

Star Wars 7 General Leia Organa Carrie Fisher

Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron from the current Star Wars saga will heavily interact with the late Carrie Fisher's General Organa as the two characters spearhead the Resistance against the upcoming onslaught from the First Order in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and now the actor has reflected on working with the franchise icon.

Dameron has already been an integral part of the Resistance since the character was first introduced in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He is arguably one of the most trusted people General Organa has in her team and it helps that he is very loyal to his commander. Although their relationship did not have any major moment as of yet, the Poe Dameron comics have delved a little deeper into their dynamics. At some point in issue #14, the former Princess of Alderaan even consoled the top pilot when he lost someone from his own elite team, the Black Squadron.

But it is not always a smooth ride between the two of them. It appears that in The Last Jedi, the General would be quite frustrated with Poe enough for her to deliver a hard slap to his face. Isaac recalled the time when they had to film the scene when he dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and revealed that it took almost 30 takes. This could be the "pretty intense" scene the actor described earlier this year:

“Actually, a large amount of the stuff I got to do was with Carrie, which was amazing. I remember the first day of shooting was a scene with Carrie. I’m still… often times that first day, the filmmaker’s, everybody’s trying to get the tone and figure it out and I remember it was a scene where I come up and talk to her and she’s very upset with me and slaps me, and [director] Rian [Johnson] kept doing it over and over … It ended up being like 27 takes of Carrie just leaning in and every time she’d hit like a different spot on my face.”

Poe Dameron and General Leia

Despite this, the actor has nothing but kind words for his co-star and friend who suddenly passed by the end of 2016. “She was by far the quickest-witted, funniest, most down-to-earth, real human being as I ever had the opportunity of working with and she does amazing work in this,” Isaac said. “It was definitely a heartbreaker.”

With Fisher's untimely passing, a lot of fans are wondering what the future lies for the Resistance and the rest of Star Wars saga moving forward since she is a huge chunk of what the ongoing story is about. The Last Jedi is, fittingly so, going to get heavy politically as the rest of the galaxy deal with the damage that the Starkiller base had inflicted. While ultimately, the Rian Johnson film will detail Luke's (Mark Hamill) exile, it can be assumed that General Organa will also share the spotlight as she tries to re-enter the social and political scene for the sake of the Resistance.

It can be remembered that in novel Bloodline by Claudia Gray, Leia was trying to climb the political ladder when it was leaked out she is Darth Vader's daughter. From then on, she was shunned away from the circle of power, justifying why the Resistance seems to be disconnected with the rest of the galaxy in The Force Awakens. It will be interesting how Lucasfilm and  Colin Trevorrow will spin Fisher's absence in the yet-to-be-titled Episode IX given that the movie studio has previously confirmed that they are not planning to do a CGI character of her like what they did in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Key Release Dates
  • Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
  • Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
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