Oscar Isaac became a meme because he’s a ‘sophisticated gentleman’


In the Star Wars universe, Oscar Isaac plays a bold and rebellious Resistance pilot. But in real life, he’s just a guy who doesn’t want to get his hands covered in Cheeto dust.

When Isaac went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday to promote his latest role in the upcoming sci-fi film Annihilation, he ended up getting questioned about a viral photo that shows the actor nonchalantly eating Cheetos with a pair of chopsticks. The photo, if you haven’t seen it, is spectacular:

There’s a lot to unpack here. Cold medication, a mustache, a beanie, and, of course, the chopsticks covered in flaming lime Cheeto dust. The photo became a meme when it hit the internet in early 2016—just when Isaac was starting to gain a dedicated fanbase from his Poe Dameron character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Isaac was happy to explain his snacking behavior to Kimmel. “I’m a sophisticated gentleman, and I didn’t want to get the powder on my fingers, so I went for the chopsticks,” he said.

It makes perfect sense. Why aren’t we all eating Cheetos with chopsticks?

Kimmel also shared a few photos of people dressed up like Isaac eating Cheetos. Isaac said he realized the photo was a “big deal” when he started receiving boxes of flaming lime Cheetos at his home.

Watch the full interview below:

Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.