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Oscar Isaac flies into ‘Star Wars’ fame

J.J. Abrams smartly has put together a cast of old and new actors for his “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He’ll draw loyal fans with the return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and other actors from past films.

That will give him the opportunity to establish his new core group of “Star Wars” stars with the likes of John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. The three actors gets introduced to the legions of fans attending this year’s “Star Wars Celebration.”

Isaac is given one of the biggest rounds of applause when he talks about the character he’s playing, Poe Dameron.

“He is the best frickin’ pilot in the galaxy. He’s been sent on a mission by a certain princess and he ends up coming across Mr. John Boyega character and their fates are forever twined,” Isaac says.

The Guatemalan actor is an interesting choice because he hasn’t appeared in a lot of big-budget sci-fi movies. His resume features roles like Joseph in “The Nativity Story” and the title character in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Other credits include “Sucker Punch,” “Drive” and “Ex Machina” (with Domhall Gleeson who is also in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Long before he was greeted like a superstar at the convention, Isaac knew the kind of pressure that was on him and the rest of the cast.

“I was in my hotel room waiting to hear if I had been cast,” Isaac says. “When I finally got the call and told officially I was going to play Poe Dameron, I was so excited-slash-nervous.”

He got through the nervousness by blasting “Star Wars” music as loud as possible while using a shampoo bottle as a fill-in for a lightsaber.