“I’d passed on that one”: Oscar Isaac Didn’t Mind Turning Down ‘Barbie’ Star Ryan Gosling’s Action Flick As Long As He Was Avoiding A “Cliché” Mistake

Oscar Isaac Didn’t Mind Turning Down ‘Barbie’ Star Ryan Gosling’s Action Flick As Long As He Was Avoiding A “Cliché” Mistake
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Oscar Isaac, the immensely talented and wise actor, continues to demonstrate his unwavering commitment to artistic integrity. In a previous decision, the 44-year-old turned down a potentially lucrative role in Ryan Gosling’s action-packed film, Drive. While many actors would eagerly seize such a high-profile opportunity, Isaac’s priority lies in avoiding cliched roles and instead seeking out unique and challenging characters.

Oscar Isaac
Actor, Oscar Isaac

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This dedication to authenticity and versatility has undoubtedly contributed to his remarkable success and growing renown in the industry.


Why Did Oscar Isaac Become So Remarkable?

Oscar Isaac’s ascent to stardom in Hollywood can be attributed to a remarkable blend of talent, dedication, and authenticity. Formerly occupying the frame of the Hollywood limelight, Isaac emerged as a force to be reckoned with. 

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The Marvel Star, Oscar Isaac

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A Juilliard alumnus, he embarked on his acting career in the late 90s, gradually carving a path toward recognition. Throughout the 2000s, he portrayed various supporting roles, gaining traction with each performance. 


Notably, he earned the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his film Balibo in 2006. The actor’s remarkable ability to inhabit diverse characters and evoke a wide range of emotions is truly awe-inspiring.

A notable example of his versatility can be witnessed in the film Ex Machina, where he flawlessly portrays an ultra-wealthy computer scientist. 

Isaac’s deliberate choice to avoid stereotypical roles is another contributing factor to his success. It is evident in his previous decision to turn down a role, emphasizing the importance of selecting roles wisely.


The Marvel star’s journey to becoming a distinguished actor is a testament to his immense talent, strategic decision-making, and unwavering commitment to his craft.

Oscar Isaac Initially Declined The Character In Drive

Oscar Isaac
Dune Performer, Oscar Isaac

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Isaac, known for his commitment to challenging and unconventional roles, made a surprising choice when he declined the character offered to him in the acclaimed film Drive.


In a revealing interview with the Dinner Party Download podcast, Isaac expressed his aversion to being cast as a stereotype. One such role he initially avoided was that of Standard in Drive, an ex-convict released from prison. 

The artist found the character to be a cliche, a gangster and thug who mistreated his family and led a life of crime, following a narrative trope that didn’t resonate with him. The Robin Hood performer stated,

“Because I just felt that the character was a cliche and, you know, he was just written as this gangster, this thug that was horrible to his family, lived a life of crime, and then you just wanted him to die so the white people could get together.”

Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac In Drive Film

Despite the film’s intentions, Isaac was reluctant to perpetuate these stereotypes. To attract him to take on the role, director Nicolas Winding Refn collaborated with Isaac to develop a more nuanced and authentic portrayal.


This calculated move underscores Isaac’s commitment to pushing boundaries and seeking out genuine and multifaceted characters, solidifying his reputation as an actor devoted to artistic integrity above all else.

Source: Cheatsheet


Written by Muskan Chaudhary

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Muskan Chaudhary, Junior Content Writer at Fandom wire. Having completed her degree in Commerce, she has written over 500 articles spanning FandomWire and Animated Times in the pop culture. She is dedicated to bring the latest and informative content from the entertainment world, thus expanding her knowledge in the field. Apart from her contributions to FandamWire, she has a keen interest in video games, sketching and playing tennis.