There were two enemies on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Dark Side of the Force, and the dark side of the internet.
Oscar Isaac is forbidden from giving much insight about his role in the battling that first enemy, but he can say that director J.J. Abrams’ fight against the scourge of leaks from the film’s Pinewood set is equally epic.
For starters, when he auditioned for the part of Poe Dameron in the highly anticipated sequel, he wasn’t even sent to script to read ahead of time.
“They won’t even do that,” Isaac, who stars in JC Chandor’s forthcoming crime drama A Most Violent Year, told Yahoo Movies. “You go to the place, and they have a room with cameras and you sit there and read the script. They’re incredibly protective, because nowadays, with however many hundreds of blogs and this and that, people are just ravenous for content. So because of that, there has to be such tight security around it. And it gets in the way of the process a bit, but it’s understandable.”
This past summer saw a series of leaks from the set, including photos of the Millennium Falcon (which we later saw in the film’s first trailer) and other minor spoilers. Abrams, who provided little tidbits for fans via charity videos and tweets, asked people not to post spoilers, and even hung posters around the set warning of the dire consequences.
Isaac agreed that the leaks were distracting and disappointing, and sort of flew in the face of a true fan experience.
“I can’t speak for the cast and crew, I can just speak for myself, but for me I thought, Don’t you want to wait so you can get the real thing?” Isaac said. "But it creates excitement for it. I don’t think these little leaks necessarily ruined watching the trailer. And also, the [plot theories] that get that formulated based on these things — they couldn’t be more far off-base.“
Isaac was able to comment briefly on the shot we saw of him sitting in the X-Wing fighter plane, an experience in a very real and tactile vehicle that he called “a dream come true.”
"It was hard to believe that I was actually sitting in there and doing that,” he said. “And it’s physical. You have to kind of get in touch with that child again that had a little X-Wing and would fly around his room making crazy sounds, you had to tap into that spirit again and that was a lot fun. There was a lot of practical effects. A lot of the stuff they actually made. There wasn’t a lot of green screen.”