Oscar Isaac Talks 'Star Wars' Sequels: 'We're Making S**t Up as We Go'

by John Boone 11:00 AM PDT, May 18, 2016
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Poe Dameron lives!

Oscar Isaac's Star Wars character was initially conceived to be killed off in The Force Awakens, but the rebel pilot not only survived the film, he'll have a much larger part in the sequels. "It's the first time in my life when things have been mapped out for quite some time," Isaac told Rolling Stone of filming the space saga. "I'm basically Star Warring until 2020."

Now that Dameron is a central figure moving forward, Isaac told the magazine he is always working to "complicate and deepen" the character -- and he takes credit for some of the character's funniest lines.

"We're making s**t up as we go," he revealed.

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"In the new film, there's a lot more to do. What happens now is the heroes get tested," he explained. "All three of them [Dameron, Daisy Ridley's Rey and John Boyega's Finn] get tested immensely...BB-8 gets tested too! Everybody gets tested! It's the dark second chapter, but not really dark."

It's a sentiment Isaac echoed to ET when we sat down with the 37-year-old actor and he told us that his alter ego in the galaxy far, far away will be "more a part of the story" this go-around.

"It has a lot of conflict in it, which is great," he shared. "The new additions to the cast, like Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro, they're incredible actors and Rian [Johnson, Episode VIII's director], his sensibility is one of smaller films. So, within all of the bigness and the epic scope of the film, it does feel like we're getting to find some of that nuance and that intimacy."

ET also recently caught up with Daisy Ridley, who revealed the toughest Star Wars secret to keep and recalled Harrison Ford's "poignant" final day. Find out what she had to say in the video below.