Oscar Isaac Covers Bill Murray’s Star Wars Theme Song From Saturday Night Live

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Oscar Isaac Butchers ‘Star Wars’ Theme Song.

“Maybe I had already seen ‘Bambi’ or something at home, but ‘Jedi’ was the first one that stuck with me,” he says. “I came online with that one.

The cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took a crack at humming John Williams’ iconic music from the franchise at Monday night’s big premiere. Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Frank Oz and more took gave it their best efforts, with Isaac challenging himself by trying to do the themes from “Indiana Jones,” “Superman” and “Star Wars” without tripping over himself. In the movie, which is set roughly 30 years after “Return of the Jedi,” Isaac plays Poe Dameron, a hotshot with the reputation for being the best pilot in the galaxy. He flies an X-wing starfighter, he wears the same orange-and-white suit the soldiers of the Rebel Alliance wore in the previous movies, and he’s a good guy — a member of the Resistance, the next-gen incarnation of the rebels. That’s pretty much all anyone knows about Isaac’s role in “The Force Awakens.” In an era when Twitter and online film sites often dissect movies from start to finish before anyone has had a chance to see them, the plot of “The Force Awakens” remains cloaked in secrecy.

Isaac has seen the movie, but he’s contractually bound to secrecy: On his last day of filming, as he walked away from the set with his personal copy of the script as a keepsake, a lawyer from Lucasfilm called and asked him to return it immediately. (He can have it back after the film opens). But even if he can’t go into detail, Isaac can certainly answer this question: Why would a serious actor who has proven his chops in films such as “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “A Most Violent Year” and the HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero” want to sign up with the biggest, most commercial movie franchise of all time? “Star Wars” is known for many things, but great acting isn’t one of them. During a recent visit to Miami to promote the film, Isaac, 36, smiled and nodded and conceded the point, although he also noted that Alec Guinness and James Earl Jones were two formidable talents who had no problem signing up for George Lucas’ pop sci-fi fantasy.

He knew that going in — and he admitted that he briefly struggled with the question. “The fun part of acting, for me, is investigating myself — finding very different aspects of myself and magnifying them through a character,” he said. “With ‘Star Wars,’ it’s a bit different. Abrams had seen ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ and ‘Ex Machina,’ and in spite of that — or because of that — he wanted me to add something to this world. Maybe I would rather be a spectator sitting in the theater all excited to watch the movie instead of being part of it.” “I was drawn to the challenge of playing with this slightly more specific set of tools. J.J. was the conductor saying: ‘This is the sound and the instrument I need for this part of the music.’ And to be honest, it didn’t totally land until I saw the movie.

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