Oscar Isaac gives one of this year’s most celebrated performances as the titular character in Inside Llewyn Davis. Directed by The Coen brothers, the drama is a celebration of folk music in the early 1960s, as the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of Mr. Davis, a struggling musician who’s attempting to stay true to his craft.
Issac, who received a Golden Globe nod for his role, cited the work of silent film star Buster Keaton as a reference point for Llewyn Davis. “I thought about the comedy of resilience a lot,” said the actor, whose previous credits include 10 Years and Drive. “And that led me to Buster Keaton in particular and I thought of him just as an inspiration of (like) that’s somebody that all sorts of horrible s**t happens to him and yet we root for him still. He has this melancholic impasse and clearly he has this rich, emotional life.”
Another inspiration for Isaac is the Charles Bukowski piece Bluebird, which is featured in the writer’s collection “The Last Night of the Earth Poems.”
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Inside Llewyn Davis also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, and Justin Timberlake.