Oscar Isaac Talks INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Collaborating with the Coen Brothers, Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA, William Monahan’s MOJAVE, and More

     January 3, 2014


Now playing in theaters is one of the best films of the year, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis.  The story takes place in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and follows singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles with his career and strained personal relationships.  Loaded with incredible performances, an all-star cast (featuring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John GoodmanGarrett HedlundF. Murray AbrahamAdam DriverStark Sands, and Max Casella), and a fantastic soundtrack (put together by T-Bone Burnett), Inside Llewyn Davis should not be missed.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Oscar Isaac.  He talked about what it was like working for the Coen Brothers, how he felt landing the role, what it was like performing the songs and how much changed along the way, and more.  In addition, Isaac talked about working with Alex Garland on Ex Machina and William Monahan on Mojave.  Hit the jump to watch.

ex-machina-oscar-isaacFor those excited to check out Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina, Isaac said:

“That Alex Garland movie is gonna be sick.  This is Alex Garland’s directorial debut as well and it’s just this really provocative, sci-fi sexual thriller.  Without getting too much into the plot, it’s a great three-hander with people torturing each other with their brains, in rooms.”

And he sounded just as excited about Mojave:

Mojave is a very wild, throwback film with these two dudes going after each other.  It has a little bit of a Cape Fear vibe in there, but man [it’s] classic Monahan.  The only times I’ve ever seen speeches like the ones I get to do in this movie are on stage; his verbal dexterity is incredible. This guy is so literate and just puts it all into this movie.”

Here’s the full interview.  For more Inside Llewyn Davis video interviews, here’s T-Bone Burnett, F. Murray Abraham, Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands and Adam Driver.

Oscar Isaac:

  • How much has he enjoyed the last few years?
  • How did he feel when he landed this role?
  • What was it like collaborating with the Coen Brothers on the role?
  •  What was it like performing the songs and how much changed along the way?
  • Talks about working for Alex Garland on Ex Machina and William Monahan on Mojave.


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