NYPost.com — In October 2013, Jessica Chastain posted the trailer for “Inside Llewyn Davis” to her Facebook. “Yay Oscar Isaac!!!” she wrote. “When he was in the running for this film, we had dinner and he showed me his first taped audition. It blew me away, just like this trailer does . . . Can someone please put us in a film together?”
A little over a year later, the stars have aligned. Isaac leads this Wednesday’s crime drama “A Most Violent Year” as an immigrant oil man who longs to do business the right way, despite the unethical world around him in 1981 Brooklyn. Chastain plays his morally ambiguous spitfire of a wife.
“This country tells us hustle, hustle, hustle — ambition, man,” Isaac tells The Post. “But the [notion] that that doesn’t happen at a cost, that’s a lie.”
Born in Guatemala, Isaac grew up in Miami before moving to New York to attend Juilliard -— where he met Chastain — in 2001. “We were kind of nerds, that’s why we get along so well,” he says with a laugh.
Isaac had early roles in “10 Years” opposite Channing Tatum and “Drive” with Ryan Gosling. But it was the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” that ignited the red-hot run he’s on now.
Next December, Isaac will star in pretty much the most anticipated movie of the decade — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — as an X-wing pilot of whom very little else is known. Isaac’s lips are sealed, of course, but he does say he felt like a badass flying the X-wing. “That’s a capital YES,” he says. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also set to play the titular villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” out in 2016. “I was a big fan of Apocalypse growing up, I really was. He’s going to bring the X-Men down to their knees,” he says.
Even with the blockbusters coming his way, the Greenpoint resident says life hasn’t changed too much.
“More opportunity for work — that’s definitely there. And sure, I run into other actors and directors that I haven’t met that are aware of me. That’s a nice thing. But there hasn’t been some sort of major shift as far as my day-to-day life,” he says. “I still ride the subway.”