The wait is almost over. At the end of this week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will finally be in theaters, and people around the world will finally have the opportunity to learn the answers to mysteries that have been hanging around for years. Of course, some of the biggest questions have surrounded both the new characters, as well as the returning classic ones. What is it that is making them really tick in the seventh installment of the sci-fi saga? I recently found out.

When I had the chance to interview the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens earlier this month during a special Los Angeles press day, I took the opportunity to ask them all about the key thing they discussed with director J.J. Abrams about their individual characters. Their individual answers all opened up interesting insights to what we can expect from the film’s large ensemble, so read on and watch!
Poe Dameron
In his role as Poe Dameron, Oscar Isaac will not only bring a heaping ton of acting talent to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also many of its most thrilling moments. Poe is an X-Wing pilot fighting for the Resistance against the tyrannical rule of the First Order, and as you will learn watching the video above, researching the attitudes and personalities of those who fly real jet fighters was a big part of helping Isaac understand exactly what makes his character tick.

A big part of this was also understanding what can be described as Poe’s greatest asset and his greatest weakness. He is the most skilled pilot that the Resistance has, and he feels a deep commitment and allegiance to the movement and the battle of good versus evil. Unfortunately, it’s this same sense of obligation that, in Oscar Isaac’s words, blinds him to certain realities – ultimately putting him in very dangerous situations.

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