Why Being In A Star Wars X-Wing Is Not As Fun As It Seems

Most of us who grew up watching the Star Wars movies would probably kill for the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of an actual X-Wing. I mean, it is the preferred ship of Luke Skywalker himself, and easily one of the most iconic spaceships in pop culture history. Exciting as you might imagine it, however, there is an actual downside to filming in one that you may have never considered - as was recently revealed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Oscar Isaac.

The actor was down in Austin, Texas for the SXSW premiere of his new movie Ex Machina this past week, and it was while while chatting Moviefone that he revealed the not-so-great parts of filming X-Wing sequences while working on the most recent Star Wars movie. Having seen Isaac's character in one of the ships in the trailer that was released last month, the reporter asked about his experience in the vehicle on set, and the Inside Llewyn Davis star explained,

It was very cool, but a little nauseating because the thing is on a gimbal and moving all around. I forgot to breathe and I was like, 'Whoa.' But it was very cool.

While the idea of an X-Wing ride on a movie set causing motion sickness was something I never really thought about, it does make sense upon further consideration. The cockpit is a rather tight space, and the ship's design isn't exactly all that substantial. Look how skinny the nose is!


This means that an actor sitting in one is going to feel absolutely every movement it makes. Enough jostles and that's going to make anyone's head start to spin and stomach start to turn. This obviously can be rather rough, but due credit goes to Oscar Isaac for still seeing and appreciating the awesomeness of the experience.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac is playing Poe Dameron, and while we do know that he's an X-Wing pilot for the Rebel Alliance, that's pretty much all we know about him to this point. The good news is that may change very soon. It's been rumored that another trailer for the highly-anticipated blockbuster is right around the corner to give us another extended look at what to expect from the next chapter of the sci-fi saga. We'll be waiting with bated breath for that, as well as the movie's long awaited release in theaters on December 17th.

Eric Eisenberg
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