In April, Oscar Isaac told Business Insider that one of the highlights of shooting “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was doing an “intense” scene with Carrie Fisher.
“It was basically my first day [on set] and we did about 25 takes total. Half of them were on me and half of them were on her,” Isaac, who plays the pilot Poe Dameron in the new “Star Wars” trilogy films, said. “I can’t give anything away but there was a scene where there was some physicality there and it was shot just over and over and over. She relished the physicality of it, let me just say.”
On Thursday, the actor went on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and teased out some more details about that scene with Fisher. Turns out it involved Fisher slapping Isaac over and over, and over, and over.
“Actually, a large amount of the stuff I got to do was with Carrie, which was amazing,” Isaac told Colbert. “I remember the first day of shooting was a scene with Carrie. Oftentimes that first day, the filmmakers, everybody’s trying to get the tone and figure it out and I remember it was a scene where I come up and talk to her and she’s very upset with me and slaps me, and [director] Rian [Johnson] kept doing it over and over. It ended up being like 27 takes of Carrie just leaning in and every time she’d hit like a different spot on my face.”
Whether it was 25 or 27 takes, that’s a lot of times to get smacked across the face. But this confirms what Isaac told us: that we are going to get a fiery General Leia in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie.
Looking back on working with Fisher on “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” Isaac told us he feels “fortunate” that he “got to be in her gravitational field,” and made it sound like a warm experience.
“At every moment she would just wander over with her Coke — she was constantly drinking Coca-Cola — and find a way to undercut the situation or to cut through something to make me laugh,” Isaac said.
He continued the high praise for Fisher on Colbert’s show.
“She was by far the quickest-witted, funniest, most down-to-earth, real human being as I ever had the opportunity of working with and she does amazing work in this,” he said.
Fisher died in late December of last year after a heart attack. She had completed filming on “The Last Jedi.”
“The Last Jedi” opens in theatres December 15 and will be the final time Fisher appears in a “Star Wars” movie. It’s been announced she will not be appearing in “Star Wars: Episode IX” and Disney CEO Bob Iger has made clear there are no plans to bring Fisher’s Leia to the screen via CGI in future “Star Wars” films.
Watch Isaac talk about Fisher on “The Late Show” below:
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