When it comes to the Star Wars universe, a new theory appears to pop up almost every day. But when one comes from the mouth of Oscar Issac, aka Poe Dameron in Episodes VII and VIII, you pay attention. Here’s how the Guatemalan-born actor expanded upon his character’s background, as well as his personal reasons for doing so.
Born in Guatemala in 1979, Isaac moved to the United States with his family as a baby. After a spell in The Blinking Underdogs, a ska-punk outfit who supported The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Green Day, Isaac switched his focus to acting. In 2001 he earned a place at the Juilliard School in New York, one of the most prestigious acting academies in America.
Following minor roles in Illtown, All About the Benjamins and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Oscar landed his first notable part in 2006 when he starred as Joseph in The Nativity Story. He went on to portray King John in Robin Hood, an interpreter in Che: Part One and a security guard in W.E, as well as appearing in box office hits Drive and The Bourne Legacy.