As it turns out, before trailblazing their way into the Stars Wars franchise, one actor was actually in a ska band that once opened for the American Idiot trio.
Although he has appeared in various films and shows over the years, actor Oscar Isaac truly gained worldwide fame after appearing in 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Since then, Isaac has starred as Poe Dameron in 2017’s The Last Jedi, 2019’s The Rise Of The Skywalker and the Star Wars Resistance TV series.
However, long before he was battling it out on-screen alongside Chewbacca, Isaac was rocking out with his ska band. Back in the 1990s, Isaac played in a band known as The Blinking Underdogs. As it turns out, the band ended up opening for some big names including Green Day and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. In fact, Isaac previously opened up about his past career in ska music to Jimmy Kimmel.
“I was in a few ska bands actually,” he said. “There were a few. Petrified Frogs. Closet Heterosexuals. The Worms and then The Blinking Underdogs, as well…We played on a stage at a festival about five hours before [The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones], but that was a great thing to have on your resume.”
Now, it looks like a rare photo of the Blinking Underdogs has re-emerged and the internet has a lot of thoughts. This week, Twitter user @handsome_pa shared the throwback photo that has truly captured everyone’s attention. Isaac (in the bandana) can be seen standing alongside his former bandmates.
“Still thinking about Oscar Isaac’s ska band that opened for Green Day and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones in the late 90s.”
Still thinking about Oscar Isaac’s ska band that opened for Green Day and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones in the late 90s. pic.twitter.com/lOSOXK5Vzs
— machine gun handsome_pal (@handsome_pal) December 21, 2020
Naturally, the throwback photo has received a lot of reactions.
just found out Oscar Issac was in a Ska band I love him now
— Matthew Villegas (@MattVillager) December 22, 2020
I looked at this photo for a long time before going. “That’s ridiculous, I don’t see Oscar Isaac anywhere in this pho–” pic.twitter.com/Qx9opH30D0
— Gabriella M Shlyakh 🏳️🌈🌹 (@YeahYankee) December 21, 2020
I know someone who went to high school with him and said he was a huge goth back then. This is just as amazing.
— Dave Losso (@davelosso) December 21, 2020
If you ever doubted Oscar Isaac’s Latin roots, I give you: ska
— W. Montiel (@WaltMontiel) December 22, 2020
— Aspiring Urban Farmer (@jmerkovich) December 21, 2020
The Blinking Underdogs ended up disbanding after Isaac decided to pursue acting. He went on to graduate from the prestigious Juilliard and star in films including Ex Machina, Sucker Punch and 2021’s Dune. Earlier this month, we learned that Dune is just one of the Warner Bros. titles simultaneously premiering in cinemas and on HBO Max in 2021.
A video of Oscar Isaac performing with the Blinking Underdogs can be watch below. As well, all of his Star Wars films are currently streaming on Disney+.
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