Oscar Isaac (“Sucker Punch”) is sure-to-receive an Oscar nomination for his brilliant portrayal of a struggling folk singer in the Coen Brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Playing the title role, Isaac immersed himself into the character and came up with a performance that is at once bruised and brooding. In this interview, we talked about:
*** His character of Llewyn Davis is one of the most interesting, intriguing characters I’ve met this year!
*** His character’s heart
*** His initial reaction when he heard he got the part
*** Working with the Coen Brothers
*** Singing live for the movie!
*** How he learned the Travis Picking style of guitar playing?
*** My biggest takeaway – life is cyclical
*** The film’s hopeful note!
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I love, love, love Carey Mulligan! She’s a fantastic actress who always turns in memorable performances. Last year, she sang in the movie “Shame” for director Steve McQueen, and this year, she’s part of a triplet of performers (with Justin Timberlake and Stark Sands) ala Peter, Paul, and Mary in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” In this interview, we talked about:
*** What attracted her to making the movie
*** Singing in “Inside Llewyn Davis”
*** Her character Jean
*** The fairy-tale backbone of “Inside Llewyn Davis” like a hodge podge of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Pinocchio”
*** The movie feels hopeful
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I just love John Goodman! You can always feel his passion for all his movie characters. In “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Goodman stars as Roland Turner,a drug-addicted jazz performer who shares a car ride from New York to Chicago with Llewyn (Oscar Isaac) and Johnny Five (Garrett Hedlund). His character desolates folk music in Llewyn’s mind. In this interview, we talked about:
*** He was pouting in the beginning of this interview (jokingly) because his make-up artists berated him
*** Working with the Coen Brothers for the fourth time
*** They wrote the character of Roland Turner with Goodman in mind
*** His character
*** The movie is a great portrait of struggling musicians
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Oscar-winner, F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus”), is fantastic in the new Coen Brothers movie “Inside Llewyn Davis.” He plays a small part as a producer but he’s a catalyst of the narrative when he rejects Llewyn Davis’ (Oscar Isaac) audition. In this interview, we talked about:
*** What got him interested in joining the movie?
*** Working with Ethan Coen on stage
*** How the Coen Brothers helped shape his character, Bud Grossman
*** His character of Bud Grossman
*** The audition process
*** The character of Llewyn Davis
*** Life is cyclical
And he gave love to my home country, the Philippines!
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T Bone Burnett helped shape the narrative of “Inside Llewyn Davis” by collaborating with the Coen Brothers on the film’s soundtrack. The music acts as another character in this folk music film dedicated to struggling musicians all over the world! Burnett already won an Oscar for his song “The Weary Kind” for “Crazy Heart” and it’s shaping up that his new song for “Inside Llewyn Davis” called “Please Mr. Kennedy” will be nominated for an Oscar and maybe win!
In this interview, we talked about:
*** How he worked with the Coen Brothers to shape the narrative
*** How did he pick Oscar Isaac to play the lead role?
*** The character of Llewyn Davis
*** The village scene of the 50s
*** Music as a revolution
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