Oscar Isaac Shares the ‘Most Fun’ Part of Making ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available as a digital download. So fans can cheer or jeer the film all they want in the comfort of their own homes. Yet, even though the film’s theatrical run is over, we’re still learning new bits of information about the film’s production and even story details that — for one reason or another — were left out of the final cut.

Indeed, The Rise of Skywalker had a lot of ground to cover. As not only the end of the sequel trilogy but also the Skywalker saga, director J.J. Abrams faced a ton of pressure. By most metrics, the movie fell short. Critics gave it the lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating of the saga. And The Rise of Skywalker underperformed commercially. Worst of all, it let a ton of fans down.

At least fans can enjoy hearing cast members like Oscar Isaac share their experiences on the set.

Oscar Isaac attends 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' European premiere
Oscar Isaac attends ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ European premiere | Mike Marsland/WireImage

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ divided fans

The first red flag that the new film would disappoint was the sudden return of Emperor Palpatine. But fans had plenty of other things to complain about once they actually saw The Rise of Skywalker. From “Reylo” to how Leia’s storyline ended, the film proved nearly as divisive as The Last Jedi.

Yet, no matter where Star Wars fans land on Abrams’ finale, one thing most can agree on is how great the cast is. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Isaac proudly carried the saga’s torch forward. Each of them created indelible new additions to Star Wars. For a franchise built on iconic characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, that’s saying a lot.

Thankfully, The Rise of Skywalker finally gives Ridley, Boyega, and Isaac the chance to share some screentime. Because this trio is the heroic heart of the sequel trilogy, Abrams needs audiences to connect to their friendship. And the chemistry behind the three stars certainly emerged as an easy highlight for fans. As it turns out, Isaac agrees.

Oscar Isaac reflects on making the movie

Entertainment Weekly got ahold of a behind-the-scenes clip from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker home video release. The footage delves into the making of the desert chase sequence. And Isaac shares his enthusiasm for filming that scene, one of the only action set pieces that involves the three key heroes.

“For me, it was the most fun I’ve had, but it’s a bit challenging because they’d have fans [blowing] as well,” Isaac said. “So you just have all this sand getting into your eyes. I would go home after some days, and just tons of sand would be pouring out of my hair.”

We imagine Anakin Skywalker would agree with Isaac’s sandy complaint. Yet, some fans have criticized the “fetch quest” nature of The Rise of Skywalker. There’s an undeniable sense of fun during the scenes on Pasaana. This portion of the film even feels more Indiana Jones than Star Wars. Perhaps it’s this swashbuckling energy Isaac responded to on set.

Fans have probably seen the last of Poe Dameron

No matter how much fun Isaac had making The Rise of Skywalker, it sounds like the actor is done with Star Wars. Likewise, Ridley and Boyega seem ready to say goodbye to Rey and Finn, at least for now. After all, all three stars have busy careers to tend to. And they’ve done their time in the saga.

As for Star Wars itself, fans still have no concrete idea what the next big-screen adventure will be. But we aren’t likely to see any involvement from the main characters in The Rise of Skywalker. So here’s hoping the “galaxy far, far away” is able to kick off a fresh new era with its next installment.