Hollywood star Oscar Isaac‘s debut was in the 1998 movie Illtown where he had a small role. In the 2000s, he had more roles in movies, including All About the Benjamins, The Nativity Story, and Body of Lies. His first notable role was as John, King of England in the movie Robin Hood. He went on to have significant roles in the movies Sucker Punch, W.E., Drive, and For Greater Glory. His first lead role was as Llewyn Davis in Joel Coen Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis. For his performance, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Subsequently, he starred in the films A Most Violent Year and Ex Machina. He also starred as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse. He will reprise his role as Poe Dameron in the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The 38-year-old actress is not new to training his body for roles in Hollywood. Considering he’s played a lot of different characters, he’s already used to working on his fitness as means of preparation. For his role as tech billionaire and robot creator Nathan Bateman in Ex Machina, the actor also physically trained for his part. In an interview, he said about his training:
“I work with a trainer named Josh Holland. We actually met when I was doing the film that Madonna directed, W.E., and he was her trainer. We tried to follow the regimen Nathan would follow, which was a bit of cardio, a lot of weight training, and hitting the punching bag.”
He added: “It was important that Nathan was a formidable-looking dude—stocky and square-shouldered, with an aggression to him. That’s why I really focused on the bag and the weights, things that require quite a bit of aggression. I think that shows through even when Nathan is seemingly being nice or friendly. There’s still this aggression underneath, and that comes from the physical preparation.”