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written by Luciana on April 19, 2017

(Watch) Complete Interview to SwaysUniverse at SiriusXM

Watch now the complete interview Oscar did yesterday at SiriusXM to SwaysUniverse, talking about The Promise and The Last Jedi.

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written by Ray on December 29, 2013

Oscar Isaac on ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ Working With the Coen Brothers, and Making Music

MovieFone.com — The latest film by the Coen Brothers, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” is a funny little flick. During their press tours for the film, the always-sardonic filmmakers have joked that the story is plotless, which is why they shoehorned a cat into the movie — to keep the audience happy.

Of course, this is another of their trademark defections from the depths of their own art; naturally, there’s a lot going on in this film, a deceptively simple tale of a hapless folksinger making his way during the early 1960s. The Greenwich Village setting, austere palate and wonderful and rich soundtrack hearken back to the kind of neighbourhood depicted on the cover of Bob Dylan’s “Freewheelin'” album. The character of Llewyn is based in part on a number of yeoman folkies, including the likes of Dave Van Ronk, the so-called Mayor of MacDougal Street.

Even more than any historical figure, it’s the film’s star Oscar Isaac that really brings the character to life, bringing both a sensitivity of performance and a deep musical understanding to the role. The casting is impeccable, and from the opening shots of the film where we hear him singing to a smoke-filled room, we’re absolutely transfixed in this man’s journey. Moviefone Canada spoke to Isaac soon after his Golden Globe nomination was announced, and delved into just what it’s like to be playing such a major part within the Coen’s world.

Moviefone Canada: For such a unique role I assume the casting process was reasonably taxing. Oscar Isaac: The casting process was pretty traditional. Ellen Chenoweth, the casting director, had a couple scenes and I did those. I had to record a song, and I did about 30 takes of the song. I sent in take 27.

Once cast, how much involvement you had in the way that the songs were performed on screen, the selection of songs? There were about two or three songs that were already specified in the script, but there were many that weren’t. I quickly fell in love with Dave Van Ronk’s music in particular, so I started learning a lot of his music. [Famed music supervisor] T-Bone [Burnett] and I got together and started playing music together. Sometimes I would go and just make an arrangement myself and bring it to T-Bone and he would change a few things, so it was a very collaborative process. The way the Coens work with T-Bone … they create a community. To be honest, people can’t really remember who came up with what. If you ask the Coens “who wrote this line?” they won’t remember. As soon as you give your idea you don’t own it anymore. It’s all the raw materials to build this thing, and I had an equal share in it.

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written by Ray on December 11, 2013

Oscar Isaac’s Big Break Is ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

HuffingtonPost.com — 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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written by Ray on September 28, 2013

Oscar Isaac Talks ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ at Telluride

Oscar Isaac talks auditioning for “Inside Llewyn Davis”, music, learning a new guitar picking and more at Telluride.

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