Celebrity status a new experience for Isaac
Oscar Isaac isn’t quite a household name. But with a starring role in A-list packed miniseries Show Me a Hero, plus turns in blockbusters such as XMen: Apocalypse and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, anonymity will soon be a distant memory for the on-the-rise Isaac.
The handsome 36-year-old can’t quite believe his luck. “I’ve been acting for a while but it wasn’t until Inside Llewyn Davis (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2013) that doors suddenly opened for me” he says. “Since then it’s been non-stop work.”
Isaac’s most recent performances were in the sci-fi flick, Ex Machina and 2014’s A Most Violent Year.
“It’s a little embarrassing when I’m stopped in the airport or on the street,” he confesses. “By nature I can be a little shy in those situations so it’s not the most comfortable.”.
Currently on screens in Show Me a Hero, Isaac is in good hands. With the miniseries directed by Paul Haggis ( Crash) and created by David Simon ( The Wire), it’s a true account of the building of low-income housing in Yonkers, New York in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
It was a situation which affected the black community and remains a subject that parallels with today’s racial issues, Isaac says. “When you watch the show you realise the myth of post-racial America.”
The always-intense Isaac plays Nick Wasicsko, a member of the Yonkers City Council who’s asked to run for mayor in what is assumed to be a losing campaign. Without question, Show Me A Hero is Isaac’s show, supported by veteran players as Winona Ryder, who makes a welcome comeback, Catherine Keener and Alfred Molina.
Isaac may be a little bashful when it comes to fame, though after the release of Star Wars later this year (in which he plays an X-wing pilot) life as a celebrity will be his new normal.
“I went to the Star Wars Celebration.” He pauses, shaking his head.
“For those Star Wars fans it was like a religious experience and they were worshipping the golden calf. It was wild, and the ecstasy they were in, the cultural phenomenon of Star Wars transcends race, religion, gender and age. It’s amazing to be a part of that.”
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