The recently released X-Men Apocalypse is featured on current Entertainment Weekly issue, and you can find digital scans in our gallery.
Oscar is cover of the current Rolling Stone magazine, and the article has the smart title “Oscar Isaac: The Internet’s Boyfriend Becomes a Leading Man”. Check an excerpt of the excellent article by Brian Hiatt:
Oscar Isaac shuts his eyes tight, guitar in hand, and the world goes away. Which is convenient, because the world keeps presenting him with unwelcome facts, here in his 37th year: Turns out that if you’re a dreamily handsome actor who delivers fierce, incandescent, once-in-a-generation performances worthy of Pacino and De Niro, and then takes big roles in Star Wars and X-Men movies, you will become famous, and people will start calling you a movie star. Who knew? “I’m an actor, not a star,” he’ll say, bristling politely, if probed too hard on the subject of his rise. “I don’t really know what you mean when you say ‘star,’ ‘movie star,’ that stuff.”
Isaac never planned for any of this – never planned for much of anything, really – and he’s trying to keep it all out of his head. He’s obsessed with craft, indifferent to celebrity, private by instinct. The money is nice, not that he’s spending much of it, but the only part of success he truly covets is having his pick of roles. He’s bemused by the fervent female fan base he’s acquired, with bloggers calling him “the Internet’s boyfriend.” “The Internet never struck me as being into monogamous relationships,” he says with a small laugh. “It’s very promiscuous, the Internet.” (The Internet almost dumped him last year when an old picture emerged of him wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the cover of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. “I liked the design,” he says. “I didn’t think wearing the shirt was saying I agreed with all her politics. I’m not a libertarian!”)
Isaac still lives in the same one-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he bought before his career’s recent uptick. He doesn’t own a car (“You know how much a garage is? It’s like paying rent!”). He did at least renovate his Brooklyn place, and purchased homes for his mom and sister. He’ll consider a larger apartment if he has kids, or, as he puts it, “if I duplicate or replicate.”
You can find scans in our gallery.
Digital scans of GQ magazine featuring Oscar on its cover has been added to our gallery, with the help of my friend Annie.
The current issue of Entertainment Weekly is a showcase for all upcoming fall movies, and Star Wars – of course – deserved its cover. Inside you’ll find 8 pages, and in our gallery digital scans has been added.
Star Wars – The Force Awakens hits theaters next December 18.
Telegraph.co.uk — As a high-school punk growing up in an evangelical Christian family, Oscar Isaac had a Coen brothers poster on his bedroom wall. Starring in their new film, he says, was meant to be.
The Coen brothers’ inimitable, darkly comic films have produced career-defining performances from the likes of Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski (1998), George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and Javier Bardem in 2007’s No Country for Old Men for which he won an Oscar. But when it came to casting their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, the directors hit a wall in their search for a leading man. What the character required was not only someone who could act the part of a folk singer in Greenwich Village in 1961, but someone who could authentically perform the music too; someone who, as Joel Coen describes, ‘could really sing’.
Luckily for them their Cinderella turned out to be hiding in plain view. Oscar Isaac is an actor who has been steadily building up an impressive reputation in Hollywood for the past 10 years. He stole the film in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (2010) with what Empire magazine described as his ‘intensely nuanced’ portrayal of the malevolent Prince John. He held his own playing Carey Mulligan’s charming ex-con boyfriend, Standard, who teams up for one last heist with Ryan Gosling in Drive. He even managed to come out unscathed from Madonna’s W.E, miraculously investing his part as a Russian Sotheby’s security guard with a hinterland, apparently causing his director to develop a schoolgirl crush on him.
WashingtonPost.com — If it were Llewyn Davis doing interviews here at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, he’d be late, distracted or desperately looking for an exit.
But instead of the fictional ’60s folkie he plays in the acclaimed new Coen brothers movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Oscar Isaac couldn’t be more put together: calm, maybe serene, well groomed, handsome, welcoming and friendly in a way Llewyn would have been suspicious of and cagy about.
That may be because, whereas his character couldn’t catch a break on MacDougal Street, the 33-year-old actor finds himself a leading man for whom Oscar isn’t just his first name, but a real career possibility (he was nominated for a Golden Globe this week); who could pause among considerations for his next leading role to launch a successful music career.For the Guatemalan-born Isaac, whose father grew up in the District, music and acting were equal interests as he grew up in Miami.
There was a moment when his punk-ska band, Blinking Underdogs, threatened to break out. But, he says with a shrug, “every time there’d be a manager getting involved or it looked like we were going to sign with a manager, I’d always do something to [muck] it up, in a Llewyn type of way.”
SlantMagazine.com — There’s a deeply soulful quality to Oscar Isaac. In films as disparate as Drive, W.E., and 10 Years, his lines seem infected by a certain deep-seated longing, an unexplained despair even. Isaac is a ruggedly masculine actor with an unmistakable star quality, who puts twice as much emphasis on his vulnerability as he does on his tough-guy affectations, and it isn’t hyperbole to say that he brings to mind James Dean. That quality defines Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film,Inside Llewyn Davis. The title character is abrasive and unlikable on the page, but Isaac turns him into a wounded creature, playing him as a man who croons because he finds it impossible to open himself up to people in any other way. The musical inclusions become more than just performances, as Isaac positions them as semi-regular emotional exorcisms. On the verge of his would-be mainstream breakout, the actor spoke to us about bringing those talents to a film that’s both inspired by real events and distinctly Coen-esque.
The film has obviously been influenced by a real scene, and the real people who populated it, but it also takes place in this universe that is unmistakably that of the Coens, with their banter and wit and everything-goes-wrong character arcs. How do you toe the line between real and fictional influences? I think what they’re interested in isn’t necessarily what life looks like, but what it feels like. So there’s something impressionistic about it. Llewyn is a stranger in a strange land; the characters in their films often feel isolated and alienated from the rest of the world. So I never thought of it as…a heightened state. Yet the circumstances do make it heightened. And because it’s an exploration of existence, and of how existing can really suck sometimes, a lot of shit has to go wrong in a short period of time. It’s not a hyper-realistic thing, and it’s not cinéma vérité. And I actually remember asking them, “So, is this going to be, like, cinéma vérité?” And they go, “No. Definitely not that. That’s not what we do.”
What’s it like working on a film with the Coens, where each composition is like a painting, after working on a film by a first-time director like, say, 10 Years? [Laughs] It’s so different. I mean, 10 Years…
A film I enjoyed. I’m laughing because, yeah, that couldn’t have been a looser shoot. It’s like, they’d shuffle you from the bar over to the set, “time for a take,” then bring you back over to the bar. And I watch that movie and I think we captured a bit of that energy on screen. With the Coens, though, it’s actually not like a painting. I think, with great directors like them, they don’t want you to feel like they’re dictating everything. They want to guide you on your way to the performance they need.