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Oscar Isaac reflects on his key roles as Poe Dameron, Llewyn Davis and, of course, Fartman

Oscar Isaac reflects on his key roles as Poe Dameron, Llewyn Davis and, of course, Fartman

“I always knew I could be an actor, even when nobody else did,” Oscar Isaac says.

In the last few years, the 38-year-old has proved he was correct. Isaac, born in Guatemala and raised in Miami, got his start in film right out of school, but it’s been his more recent work, like “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Ex Machina,” that put him on the map. The recurring role he landed in the rebooted “Star Wars” franchise as rebel pilot Poe Dameron made him an superstar.

His latest project, “The Promise,” which opened earlier this month, tackles the Armenian genocide, in which historians estimate that 1.5 million Armenians and other ethnic and religious minorities perished at the hands of the...

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