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A Minute With: Oscar Isaac on the hustle of acting and ‘Star Wars’

TodaysZaman.com From playing a struggling folk musician to an ambitious heating oil entrepreneur, actor Oscar Isaac is all about the hustle. After his breakout in 2013’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Isaac’s profile is on the rise with roles in the upcoming “Star Wars” and “X-Men” films. Isaac, 35, spoke to Reuters about the notion of ambition in his latest film “A Most Violent Year” and those pesky “Star Wars” questions.
Did Abel Morales’ ambitions in “A Most Violent Year” resonate with your own? These tales of ambition are fascinating, and the rise to power, what power means. For me, I’ve never been interested in that, although ultimately it’d be great to find a story and be able to make it and to some extent, you do need a sense of power to be able to have that happen.

But what I’m trying to do is not be so goal-orientated; Abel is very goal-orientated. For me, it’s less about a goal and more about a state of mind.

Is there an aspect of “selling out” as you become more successful in your own career, and take on bigger roles? Between my Llewyn Davis and Abel Morales, the people tend to admire Abel a lot more, and it’s very telling that they pick the person who’s ambitious, goal-orientated, hyper capitalist.

I think there’s been a shift. I’m in “Star Wars” and going to be in “X-Men,” I believe people can say that I’ve sold out, but I think there’s a different feeling nowadays about ‘hey man, you’ve got to hustle.’ This country is based on the hustle, hustle for your dollar, whatever you’ve got to do, and you give props to the person that hustles the most. There is a sense of whatever you can get away with, more power to you.

How are you planning to dodge “Star Wars” questions for a year? Are you allowed to drop any tidbits to satisfy curiosity? No permission to satisfy curiosity. We finished shooting [in November], and there’s a trailer out already so that’s just a testament to J.J. [Abrams, the director] and how much he loves what we’ve made.
And it’s also how much he loves the fans, that after three weeks being done shooting, he releases a trailer and it’s so representative of what the movie’s going to be, which actually has an intimacy, a vitality to it.

Inside Llewyn Davis – On Set – March 2, 2012

Thanks to Marcia at Donnie Wahlberg Daily, we have 4 more photos of Oscar Isaac on the set of Inside Llewyn Davis on March 2, 2012. You can view them below!

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Inside Llewyn Davis – Blu Ray Screencaptures

I finally had the chance to add screencaptures of Oscar Isaac in Inside LLewyn Davis to our gallery. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend you add this one to your watch list! Oscar’s performance was brilliant, he did such an incredible job playing Llewyn Davis. For more information on the film, visit the Official IMDb page.

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles — some of them of his own making.

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Oscar Isaac Q&A: The Two Faces of January, Star Wars, Ex Machina

“It opened doors immediately,” Oscar Isaac muses on working with the Coen brothers. “I got The Two Faces of January a couple of days after I had been cast in Inside Llewyn Davis. The trajectory completely changed once that happened.”

It’s no surprise that the actor’s soulful performance as down-at-heel folk singer Llewyn has proved to be such a turning point. In the two years that have passed since shooting, he’s gone from respected supporting player to compelling leading man, and was recently cast in a major role for JJ Abrams’s Star Wars: Episode VII.

Digital Spy sat down with Isaac this week to talk about his Star Wars fandom, the meaning of Inside Llewyn Davis’s much-discussed cat, and his role opposite Viggo Mortensen in this week’s Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces of January.

Hossein Amini has said that The Two Faces of January appealed to him as a novel because the characters’ motivations are so unclear, but don’t actors always want to know what their motivation is? Yeah, the motivation is important for me to act it, but I don’t necessarily want the audience to know my motivation. When you watch something, you don’t want to be told what to think, and when movies or performers try to prescribe that it usually doesn’t work, because the camera sees everything. You let the characters’ behavior happen and people will make their own decisions about what it is.

I had worked with Hoss before on Drive, and that was a really great experience because we had to completely remake the character together, and he was so open to it all, and such a gentleman. And when he showed me this script, the characters were so dark and complicated and you never knew what their motivations were, and that’s what I thrive on.

Your character Rydal has a very ambiguous dynamic with Viggo Mortensen’s Chester, it’s paternal but also homoerotic. How did you view their relationship? Well, Viggo is a very, very beautiful man, so there’s always gonna be erotic tension whenever he’s in the room. That work was done for me! But it was fascinating, yeah, Highsmith sets this up straight away and Hoss does the same. Rydal’s father has passed away, and it was clearly not a good relationship, he didn’t go home for the funeral. So suddenly he sees this man, Chester, and he represents everything he wants to be and also everything he hates, everything he wants to kill in himself. So that creates a whole well of emotions that are tapped at different moments.

The ending is much more cathartic and less cynical than the rest of the film leads you to expect – were you surprised by the finale? Yeah, I remember that being a strangely emotional moment. The irony is that it’s much more emotional than his earlier scene with Colette, who he is supposedly in love with. It’s a process of projection, or displacement, where he’s watching his father just disintegrate through Chester. And what Patricia Highsmith and Hoss both picked up on is showing people at their weakest, and ugliest. Viggo was never afraid to be ugly, or stupid, or foolish, and in fact he looked for those places.

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“Another Day Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” now on iTunes!

Courtesy to Oscar Isaac on his Official Facebook page, “Another Day Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” is now on iTunes for $12.99! You can buy it here!

In September 2013 some musicians who had worked on a movie together assembled for a concert. Presented by the Coen Brothers and T Bone Burnett comes a concert inspired by the Coen Brothers’ film, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ which is set in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, featuring live performances of the film’s music, as well as songs from the early 1960s. Performers include Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, Patti Smith, the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine, Gillian Welch, Rhiannon Giddens, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy, The Milk Carton Kids, and Willie Watson, as well as the star of the film Oscar Isaac.

Also, Inside Llewyn Davis is currently out in Blu Ray and DVD! If you enjoyed the film, be sure to grab your copy today!

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 11!

Inside Llewyn Davis,” the latest Coen brothers movie, is out on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD tomorrow, March 11, 2014!

Examiner.com — From the Coen Brothers come the critically acclaimed period drama film Inside Llewyn Davis. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, it stars Oscar Isaac,Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake. The ensemble cast also includes F. Murray Abraham, Stark Sands and Adam Driver. Inside Llewyn Davis is the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with multiple-Grammy and Academy Award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett and is also filled with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers.

The DVD and Blu-ray feature a 40-minute, making-of documentary, “Inside Inside Llewyn Davis,” with insights from the filmmakers, cast, crew and musicians, including Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wald, Stark Sands, T Bone Burnett, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Chris Thile, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Jess Gonchor, Mary Zophres and Bruno Delbonnel.

Special Features:

  • Inside Inside Llewyn Davis – Making-of Documentary, featuring Joel and Ethan Coen, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wald, Stark Sands, T-Bone Burnett, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Chris Thile, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Jess Gonchor, Mary Zophres and Bruno Delbonnel

Exclusives:

  • France Release Date: March 11, 2014
  • United Kingdom Release Date: May 26, 2014

Oscar Isaac is out of the trenches and hitting gold

USAToday.com The ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ folksinger says he loved playing a working blue-collar guy.

After nine years in the trenches, Oscar Isaac, 34, hit gold as a folk singer in Inside Llewyn Davis. “When I got the audition material, at the bottom of the page it said, ‘Llewyn is NOT Bob Dylan,'” Isaac recalls. “Llewyn’s not the poet genius. He’s the workman, blue-collar guy. I loved that.”

A Juilliard graduate, Isaac describes Llewyn as “not wholly likeable, but also absurd and tragic.” He is thwarted at every turn. Something Isaac can likely relate to, after missing out on an Oscar nomination after months of positive buzz about his performance. “I’ve had moments … but I’ve never felt passed over, even when I’ve literally been passed over.”

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