What does a future Latino A-list movie star look like? He looks like Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac.
After building his credibility as a thespian with such talented directors as Steven Soderbergh, Spaniard director Alejandro Amenábar, Ridley Scott and The Coen Bros., amongst others, his next role will be the one that will catapult him to superstardom - he will play Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” to be released December 18th of this year.
NBCNews.com had a chance to have a sit-down with Isaac before the Star Wars hysteria and have a real conversation with him about the meaning of family, his Guatemalan roots, his musical escapades, his anxiety issues with social media and his aspirations of one day doing a Spanish language movie with Pedro Almodóvar. Oh, and we also did ask him about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
With such frenzied anticipation for a pop culture phenomenon such as Star Wars, Isaac, the only Hispanic actor in this new trilogy, seems to be taking it all in stride.
His eyes reveal a level of poise and confidence that is beyond his years. So what does a superstar actor do while awaiting the inevitable fanfare that will irreversibly change his private life? He focuses on the present, on his latest movie titled “Ex Machina,” a film many critics are hailing as one of the best films of 2015, so far.
Isaac plays Nathan Bateman, the owner of a digital company that has made him richer than what the mind can possibly imagine. His main interest in the film is his personal creation of artificial intelligence in the form of a beautiful woman that is either a miracle of science or the natural evolution of man and technology.
To hear him speak about Alex Garland’s new movie is as if he himself had conceived the project, when in fact, he’s just a part of the cast. This passion tells a lot about the man and the actor and is a peak into the type of movie star we will see him become. But he also
“Ex Machina” opens in 1,000 theaters across the country today.