Star Wars Movie Scenes That Were Never Supposed To Happen

When “The Force Awakens” was released in 2015, Oscar Isaac’s pilot Poe Dameron almost immediately became a fan-favorite character. His on-screen charisma, sarcasm, and arrogant attitude made him stand out early in the film. However, Isaac’s pilot barely made it through the entire film.

In fact, in the original script, Poe dies after being captured by the First Order in the opening act. In a iO9 clip, director JJ Abrams says the original plan was to kill Poe. But Isaac didn’t want to portray another deceased character early in a movie, so Abrams reworked the story to keep Poe alive.

In an interview with rolling stone, Isaac explained that the reworked story with reshoots gave him plenty of leeway to improvise lines on set. These reshoots are likely why some of Poe’s scenes feel so much looser than anything else in the film. In the interview, Isaac specifically cites his first encounter with Kylo Ren. While his character was still destined to confront Ren after being captured, Isaac improvised the humor of the scene with lines like “So who speaks first? You speak first?” These types of beats from the actor helped make Poe a fan-favorite character.

The fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants energy that Isaac brings to the film is both befitting of his character and the film’s means of production. Isaac jokingly described the reshoots as “doing s*** as they go” – Poe would approve.

Andrea G. Henderson