“It’s kind of a full circle moment since the first movie I was ever in was called ‘The Avenger,‘” Isaac explained. “Not ‘The Avengers,’ which was a massive blockbuster. This was ‘The Avenger,’ which is a movie that I wrote, directed, and starred in when I was 10 years old,” he added
“It was shot on location in my buddy Bruce Ferguson’s backyard in our hometown of Miami, Florida. I played a ninja assassin training to fight his nemesis,” he rather proudly recounted before presenting the long-ago project.
Isaac noted that his full name is Oscar Isaac Hernández Estrada, which triggered a riff about ethnicity in Hollywood. He’s half Guatemalan and half Cuban.
“I said to Hollywood, ‘You can pick two of these names,’” he told the “SNL” audience. “Guess what they went with? The white ones,” he quipped.
Casting directors consider him “ethnically ambiguous,” he explained. “According to them, I can play anything from a pharaoh to Timothée Chalamet’s daddy” (on “Dune”).
“You know that joke: A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar?” Isaac asked. “Yeah, I could play anyone in that joke.”
Check it out in the the clip up top.