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  • “I think it’s good to be a little more fearless in saying what you feel. In not being scared of the repercussions of that.”
  • “We’re all losers. They keep telling Llewyn: ‘You’re a loser, you’re a loser.’ And … well: so are you. You’re gonna die too, man.”
  • “The irony hasn’t been lost on me. Being celebrated for playing someone who wasn’t. Llewyn is like the Jesus character who had to be sacrificed for our sins. I get quite emotional about it. It’s hard not sounding like a douchebag because it’s like: ‘Oh, I’ve been so successful for those poor people that haven’t.’ But I know those people; it could have easily just gone the other way for me too. There’s very few people – like Shakespeare – who, no matter what, were gonna do what they did. For the rest of us there’s a lot of events that have to happen in order for things to end up the way they are. The celebration of that can allow me to relax in all of this.”
  • “It’s a primal thing, it’s what makes us pack animals. We’re like birds – we all move together at the same time. And we don’t really get that very often in normal life. Those moments that really resonate are when something is being opened up.” [about a study into the respiration of musicians and crowd at a classical concert]
  • “..By letting go. It’s almost an acceptance of death. William Hurt tells himself before each take: ‘We’re all gonna die.’ You just let go because you’re like: life is squeezing me and these are the sounds coming out. The songs I’ve written that are the strongest, I’m like: ‘I don’t know where that came from. It just kind of popped out.’ You feel you can’t take a whole lot of credit for it. I didn’t purposefully will it into existence.”
  • “…immediate shame after I play music in front of everyone. It has nothing to do with how good or bad it was; I just feel embarrassed afterwards. It’s because it’s such an open channel.”
  • “Sex with a stranger. When you’re done it’s like, OK! Well … nice to meet you! Good luck!’ It’s that kind of thing where [you feel] ‘I just did something weird in front of people and, er …'”
  • [About sex with a stranger] “You’re sitting there watching me and we’re making weird sounds and maybe we’re breathing together. And then it’s done and it’s: ‘That was great, thank you!'”
  • “I’ve done movies I’m very proud of, but there’s always a sense of: ‘Come see this shiny new car!’ The question I hate the most is: ‘Why should people see it?’ I don’t fucking know! I’m not a salesman.”
  • [About people today who are afraid of frankness] “Maybe it’s just American speech. It’s all the way in the back of the throat; you don’t wanna make too much movement. Maybe it’s a bit of fear, a way of pulling back. In the 1960s, there was a forward way of speaking and inflection. Maybe it is population explosion …”
  • “Why this movie [Inside Llewyn Davis] is so personal — I think to all of us — is because of the recognition that it just as easily can go the other way. There’s very few geniuses that are shooting across the sky like Shakespeare or Dylan. The rest of us, it’s like you have to work and be talented, but you got to be lucky for a lot of this stuff to happen.”
  • “I would go to parties with that and try to interact with people with that. It’s tough because it’s not about being cool. In a way, it’s just about being very open and very up front with who you are. That was a scary place to live in.”
  • “I said: I have to get a shot at this movie [Inside Llewyn Davis] because I feel like my 33 years of life have been preparing me to do something like this.
  • “I remember when I was getting out of school, I was like, ‘If they just gave me one shot. If they gave me the one shot, oh man, I know I can do it’. Then I got my first movie and it came and it went, and I was like, ‘If they just gave me one more shot, just another shot.’ Then I started getting work, and I realized it’s not about that. It’s not about the shot. It’s about work.”
  • “My energy toward people is very much like ‘I mean you no harm. It is always to diminish any good thing, so as not to be devastated later.”
  • [Inside Llewyn Davis] “I finally got the shot. And I got it in this context, which is more than I honestly could have ever imagined for myself.”
  • “For the movie, I had to learn this way of playing guitar called ‘Travis picking’, where your thumb is like the metronome, and you’re playing the bass line and the melody at the same time. It’s this very tricky, syncopated style of playing, and once I locked in to it, I haven’t been able to get out.”
  • “I like being like a chameleon who transforms himself with each role.” [About his acting career]
  • “The theater is one of my passions but cinema remains the love of my life. I’m fascinated by the film industry and the techniques of acting since I was very young. The way in which the camera records moods, gestures and expressions is something mysterious and seductive that I continue to explore, a challenge that I love measure myself when I create my characters.”
  • “I do not feel comfortable with no character or genre in particular. Llewyn Davis But I have to say that was the most challenging and rewarding for now. I’d do anything to work with the Coen brothers again.”
  • “When actor and audience breathe in unison something magical happens. This is what interests me most: to transmit a cadence, almost a harmony sound.”
  • “I’ve been playing music since I was about 12 years old, playing guitar and I’ve had bands. I studied singing a little bit at school. I went to acting school Julliard but I took singing classes, so I’d always done it. My very first band was a soft rock band named Paper Face and then that turned into a hardcore band and that turned into a punk-ska band.  I grew up in south Florida, so we would play in a whole bunch of places down there. We even played in the Warped Tour festival for a couple of dates, which was really fun. We were called The Worms and we were a ska band; I was playing bass. I never recorded an album. It was more of a local scene. We never really went out that way. Similar to Llewyn, every time it looked like the next step was gonna happen I would do something to sabotage it a little bit. Maybe out of fear.”
  • “I never separated music and acting as two different career choices; they were always mixed together.”
  • “I would get a great role and it would come and go and I’d think: ‘If they just gave me one more shot’, but then you realise it’s not about that. It is about a body of work and it is about learning the craft of acting for a camera. Now I think it could not have gone a better way because when the time finally came I was ready.”