MCM: Oscar Isaac


Yes, Oscar Isaac was super cute in that latest Star Wars movie. But something about The Promise just made me keel over in fits of lust and twitterpation! I’m going to ignore the fact that he’s only 5’9″ (I’m a tall girl) and just mentally put him uphill from me as I hope he does some more historical costume movies so I can gaze upon his absolute beauty…


The Nativity Story (2006)

I normally omit biblical stories because 1. they are boringly costumed, and 2. they kind of freak me out, but at this point I’d watch Isaac lick wallpaper (mmmm, licking…)

2006 The Nativity Story

I do love a good beard … He’s playing Joseph here, btw.


Agora (2009)

I do remember thinking he was really cute in Agora with Rachel Weisz, which is SUCH a great movie:

2009 Agora

He plays Orestes, who falls in love with main character Hypatia…

2009 Agora

Eventually he becomes prefect of Alexandria, which, DAMN he looks good lounging on a throne!


Robin Hood (2010)

Apparently I need to rewatch this pretty-forgettable “gritty” retelling of the Robin Hood story with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, not just because Isaac plays evil King John…

2010 Robin Hood



2010 Robin Hood



W.E. (2011)

Okay, so technically Isaac is in the contemporary half of this story about a modern-day woman who becomes obsessed with 1930s English King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. But look, he’s tender and musical! (Side note, we really need to review this, because the 1930s costumes are S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.)

2011 W.E.

I’ll take it!


For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)

Apparently a based-on-a-true-story about civil war in late 1910s Mexico. Isaac plays a general, Victoriano Ramírez.

2012 For Greater Glory- The True Story of Cristiada

I’ll let that mustache slide, because there’s a war on…


In Secret (2013)

Trystan panned this movie as only being interesting for the in-costume sex, but now that I have this major crush on Isaac, YES PLEASE I WILL JUST KEEP REWATCHING THE SEX SCENES. Report forthcoming.

2013 In Secret


2013 In Secret



The Promise (2016)

He’s an Armenian medical student just trying to figure out his love life when the Armenian Genocide starts up.

2016 The Promise

Fresh from the country!

2016 The Promise

Allll citified and cleaned up!


What’s Next

At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

He plays artist Paul Gaugin in a story focused on Vincent Van Gogh’s time in Arles:

2018 At Eternity's Gate


Operation Finale (2018)

“15 years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust.” Set in 1960, Isaac plays Peter Malkin, the Israeli secret service agent.

2018 Operation Finale

I’ll see anything for Isaac at this point!


Do you share in my newfound lust, or am I crazy?


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

8 Responses

  1. Saraquill

    I do not recommend seeing him in the sci-fi flick “Ex Machina.” His character has such a punchable face.

  2. Charity

    I just re-watched W.E. the other night. It really is a GORGEOUS film. If Madonna wants to make more period dramas, I’m all for it. :P

  3. Susan Pola Staples

    So does that mean I can have Aragorn, er, Viggo? I will say you have great taste. His Roman prefect in Agoura was, wait I need to get my fan. Just thinking about it, is giving me heated.

  4. K`shandra

    OMG, he was Sooooooooooooo pretty in The Promise. Heartbreaking story (both the characters and the backstory), but utterly sumptuous to look at.

  5. Mitzy G

    Ex Machina was a revelation about his acting ability, though. I adore him. Still like Inside Llewy
    n Davis the best though.

  6. Andrew Schroeder

    W.E. is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. The plot is almost unintelligible, helped least of all by the horrible editing (at one point there’s a time/place caption in the middle of a montage), but yes, the 30’s costumes are gorgeous. Madonna needs to be kept away from a film set.

  7. Nora

    Oscar Isaac is a dish, you’re so right! I loved him in “Inside Llewellyn Davis” though it’s not a costume film as such (set in early 60s). He plays the main character L. D., a failing folk singer and plays the guitar and sings a lot of sad songs. His beard is epic and there is a cat too, so I’d recommend that film to all 😊


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