The cool thing about film studios is that you can have multiple movies shooting inside them at any given time. That was good news for Oscar Isaac, who happened to be shooting his scenes for Annihilation at the same time as that little indie sci-fi movie that came out in December.

When /Film talked to both Isaac and director Alex Garland, they revealed that Isaac had spent a lot of his free time during The Last Jedi running back and forth between sets. “I would shoot something in the morning and then have a little bit of down time and then switch it up,” Isaac said. “So that was wild… I think I visited, too, still dressed up as Poe on the set. It reminded me a little of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, when he’s on the lot and you see all the different actors walking around. There was something very classic about it.”

It’s a testament to Isaac as an actor that he could film his scenes as Poe Dameron, a hotshot pilot with a lot of running to do, in the same time period — and often the same day — as his scenes in Annihilation, which seem to require a lot more contemplative, internal acting.

Garland was also very complimentary and grateful towards Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman, who were totally fine with one of their big stars hopping back and forth shooting an entirely different movie while he was supposed to be focusing on Star Wars.

I think because [Johnson and Bergman] come from an indie film background, here they are making like the biggest movie of all time, and they were unbelievably helpful and accommodating to us. And they really didn’t have to be at all. Most big productions would not even dream of doing that. And they went out of their way – whilst making fucking ‘Star Wars’ for Christ’s sake – to help this really small movie next door. It was very cool and I’m truly grateful for it, actually.

Annihilation opens in theaters February 23, followed by a release on Netflix.

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