Category: Inside Llewyn Davis

Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating The Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Heads up! For those with Showtime, you can catch Another Day/Another Time Concert at 10PM this Friday! Here’s a sneak peek of it. (Courtesy to FYOscarIsaac and Showtime!) Take a look!

In September 2013 some musicians who had worked on a movie together assembled for a concert…Don’t miss Another Day/Another Time: a documentary celebrating the music of Inside Llewyn Davis. Premieres this Friday at 10PM ET/PT on #Showtime.

Oscar Isaac’s Big Break Is ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ — Oscar Isaac plays the title character in the Coen brothers’ latest film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Set in New York City during the early ’60s folk scene, singer/songwriter Llewyn Davis struggles to find success in a world that trades on authenticity, but, unfortunately, as Llewyn discovers time and time again, authenticity doesn’t always pay well. (To this point, the look on Davis’ face while heperforms on a novelty protest song titled “Please Mr. Kennedy” sums up the attitude of the character quite well.)

Although Isaac has appeared in a few major films–playing Prince John in Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” and Carey Mulligan’s ex-con husband in “Drive”–“Inside Llewyn Davis” is certainly his star turn. Interviewing him, it’s clear that “Inside Llewyn Davis” means the world to Isaac — even if it meant working with five different cats.

The cat in this movie seemed well behaved. Yeah, some of them were. There were a lot of them.

How many were there? There were like four or five of them. Because it’s very hard to train them, so they had to have one that was more calm for those scenes where I had to carry him. And sometimes they needed it to be alive and peppy and that’s when they had the squirrely one that they would tie to me.

I almost don’t like knowing that. Yeah, it’s like watching a sausage get made — you don’t really want to. You’d rather just eat it, you know?

I had kind of assumed Llewyn would be this “folksy” guy but he’s a lot more cynical than I expected. Yeah, yeah. It totally makes sense. That’s the thing, there is this idea of what the folk scene was like, but I think it’s very similar to the punk scene. It’s people trying to find who really means it — who’s the most authentic? And, yeah, Llewyn is in a situation where he’s just having the shittiest week of his life and he just feels alienated from people — a stranger in a strange land — and just trying to make it through.

How did you find out about this role? I just saw online that Joel and Ethan were going to be making a movie about the folk scene in the ’60s — and I knew that I had to get in through the audition.

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Oscar Isaac on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Oscar Isaac stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night on December 9th to promote his new film Inside Llewyn Davis. I’ve added a few stills and screen captures of his interview, massive thanks to my friend Luciana at! If you happened to missed it, you can catch the last few minutes of his interview below where Oscar performs “Roar” by Katy Perry! Inside Llewyn Davis is now playing in selected theaters in LA and New York, and additional cities on December 20! For tickets, click here!

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VIDEO: Oscar Isaac takes a star turn in ‘Llewyn Davis’

VIDEO: Oscar Isaac takes a star turn in ‘Llewyn Davis’

Oscar Isaac, the star of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ said that he didn’t mind working with the multiple cats in the movie, although some didn’t always behave. — Few roles offer the opportunity to sing for Barbra Streisand. But there Oscar Isaac was, on stage, guitar in hand, singing Fare Thee Well at an evening honoring the Coen brothers’ newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis.

“When I got up there I did not make eye contact,” says Llewyn’s 33-year-old breakout star. “The hands start shaking a little bit, they start freezing up. I saw her right there! She was to my left. I was like, what!”

Isaac is willing to shoulder the unusual to promote what he acknowledges is “a strange movie” depicting one frigid, frustrating week in the life of a Greenwich Village folk singer trying to make ends meet in 1961. “It’s unusual. The structure is strange. The character is not one who tries to charm or asks for any sympathy,” he says. Just last week, the film beat out12 Years a Slave for best picture at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Raised in Miami by a Cuban doctor and Guatemalan homemaker, Isaac has been on a steady ascent since graduating from Julliard in 2005, with roles in films such as Drive and Robin Hood. This year, he was one of the most buzzed-about faces at the Cannes Film Festival. “We walked into the press conference and he got a standing ovation from the press, which I’d never seen at Cannes or anywhere,” says his co-star Carey Mulligan.

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Interview with Oscar Isaac, Lead Actor of Inside Llewyn Davis

Interview with Oscar Isaac, Lead Actor of Inside Llewyn Davis — On his brief visit to Boston, I was able to sit down with Oscar Isaac and talk about Inside Llewyn Davis, a Coen Brothers film that he stars in as the lead character. During this interview, I was able to learn a few about his experience with working with the award-winning brothers, stepping into their world of film, his musical abilities, working with Carey Mulligan again and a whole lot more. Below is a rundown of the interview’s most fascinating quotes that he shared.

Working with actors more than once isn’t unusual. However, doing so with Carey Mulligan in another troubled relationship may lead people to believe that the two were cast together again on purpose, but apparently it wasn’t. “Clearly, we’re not good at relationships in film. I think honestly, it was a coincidence. I don’t think the Coen Brothers saw Drive and were like ‘That works. Let’s do that again.’I think they thought she just did a great job.”

Like Mulligan, Isaac had to go through the auditioning process, but his was a bit different.”I had to go and audition for the casting director, and she said go and record Hang Me, which was a part of the criteria for the audition. Everybody had to do a version of it. So, I went home and did thirty takes of it to find out which one I liked the best and sent the one that I liked the best. The Coens and T-Bone (Burnett) saw it and approved, so they brought me in for the second audition and I got the role.”

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An Official Academy Members Screening Of Inside Llewn Davis

An Official Academy Members Screening Of Inside Llewn Davis

On December 3rd, Oscar Isaac, Directors of “Inside Llewyn Davis” Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and co-star John Goodman attended a Pre-Release Screening + Q&A of “Inside Llewn Davis” at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. 13 high resolution images of his appearance have been added to our gallery. Check it out below!

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OSCARS Q&A: Oscar Isaac On ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ — Since graduating from Juilliard in 2005, Guatamalan-born and Miami-bred Oscar Isaac has been on a steady rise. With noticeable roles in films such as Robin HoodDrive and The Bourne Legacy, Isaac has been proving his worth as a film actor with something extra. That “something extra” has been fully realized with his breakthrough role as the title character in Joel and Ethan Coen’s tale of a struggling folk singer in the early 1960s, Inside Llewyn Davis. Since winning the Grand Prize at Cannes in May, the film has been building a high profile this season and promises to put Isaac, who does all of his own singing, right in the heart of the race.

Recount how you got this role, because the audition process was drawn out for the film. The Coen brothers thought the movie wouldn’t get made if they didn’t find the right actor. I heard about the audition process early on, and I was like, “I have got to get into this thing because I love the Coen brothers, I play music and I can sing.” I went in (to the audition) knowing that it was loosely based on (folk musician) Dave Van Ronk’s memoirs, and I knew he was this huge 6-foot-5, 200-pound Swede. I knew (I would be) a stretch, if they were trying to do a biopic. So I came in and I had a beard and I saw a photograph of this well-known musician—dark hair, dark beard. Suddenly, I calmed down and said, “So is this a reference shot? You guys are looking for people like that?” (Someone in casting) says, “Oh, no. He came in; he killed it.” It was like all the blood being drained out of my veins. They had been looking at a lot of really great musicians for the part because they wanted to have full songs performed live in the film, which is very unusual. I learned three songs and did the audition, and about a week later, they called me in to meet with the Coens. They’re the best to audition for. They are incredibly generous, and they’re quick to laugh, even just in conversation. So it was impossible to tell how it went because, apparently, they’re like that for everybody. A month went by, and I was just begging the universe to give me this one shot. Then I got a call (from) Joel. I remember him talking for a while before saying it, but then he finally said, “We’d love for you to do (the film), if you’d want to be a part of it.” I couldn’t believe it.

What was the process like as they were directing you? Everybody has to get used to the fact that they’re not going to be overly complimentary about anything. Everyone needs to just assume that the nod and the shrug mean, “Good job.” So immediately, the vanity goes away. You’re no longer looking for approval; you’re just doing the work. That was actually quite liberating because you’re not looking for that (approval) anymore. They don’t go in for the big talks; they don’t over-intellectualize anything. It’s usually just small modulations in rhythm and movement. But in between takes, it’s through osmosis that you get their type of tone. I remember Joel said one time that he doesn’t direct so much as manage tone. Just hearing their philosophies on filmmaking and art, you’re living their vibe. It was very beatnik. They’re in tune with their own taste, and because of that, they’re very open to experimenting and trying things.

You also mastered the guitar for this role. I’m not an accomplished musician by any stretch of the imagination, but I had some shitty punk bands in high school. I’ve always written and made music. I did not know how to play this style of music at all. I remember going to go see (executive music producer) T Bone (Burnett) for the first time. I was expecting he was going to show me videos and tell me I have to play like this and set up places for me to meet up with people who knew how to play like that. But I showed up, and it was much more Karate Kid. He would say, “Listen to this record,” and he would leave the room for an hour. (No one) told me how I was supposed to play, so I just naturally thought, “Oh, it’s based on Dave Van Ronk. I’m going to listen to his repertoire and watch how he plays.” I just totally obsessed on learning this style of playing and learning his songs and playing them like he played them. The acting challenge was to play (the music) in this character’s voice, but at the same time, it’s a movie about authenticity so I had to be authentic to how I was going to sing it. That was a crazy balance.

You really inhabited this morose character. Are you a Method actor? In between takes, I’d be smiling from ear to ear, because I was so excited to be there. I mean, I try to stay in it, but I was too happy to be there. I couldn’t really keep it morose. That contradiction of the energy, the happiness of being there, but at the same time being completely invested in this despair, that was scary, too. You think, “Are people going to care about this dude?”

You’ve just come out of the festival season—do you like this part of the process? Well, I like talking about the process. I never get tired of talking about this movie. I can be asked the same question about this movie and every time a new thought pops out. (I’m) still discovering it.

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