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Oscar Isaac: It Was An Incredible Cast

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Oscar Isaac says his life changed when he was cast in the title role of "Inside Llewyn Davis."  A lot of doors that had been closed to him before now swung open.

"The Coen Brothers seal of approval," as he calls it, means a lot in the film business.

And it was a bit daunting when it hit him that yes, he really was starring in their new film.  "Yeah, every few minutes I think that would come into my mind — and have to leave immediately. Because if not it could be paralyzing due to the enormity of it.

"It was my first time working with two directors, so I had double the horsepower. There were two genius brains making the same movie, driving the same car. So that's just another resource which was fantastic. And the complete and utter lack of vanity or neurosis, I think all of that was refreshing. The fact that they never compliment, or at least they're not given to a lot of hyperbole about how great a job someone is doing. It's all about the work, and what's great about that is that it takes away that variable, that need for approval."

Oscar Isaac joins Steve Edwards and Araksya Karapeteyan on Good Day L.A.

Fun facts about Oscar Isaac (Source: Wikipedia)

1.) Isaac was born in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, Maria, and a Cuban pulmonologist father, Oscar Gonzalo Hernández. He was raised in Miami, Florida. While in Miami, he played lead guitar and sang vocals for his band "The Blinking Underdogs". He has described his evangelical Protestant upbringing as "very Christian".

2.) In 2005, Isaac graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he was part of the Drama Division's Group 34 (2001–2005).

3.) Isaac's first major film role was as Joseph opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes in the film The Nativity Story. He also had a small role in All About the Benjamins and in Guerrilla, Part Two of the Che Guevara biopic Che.

4.) Isaac was awarded the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor of 2009, for his role as José Ramos-Horta in Balibo (2009).

5.) Isaac played Prince John in the 2010 film Robin Hood. Later that year, he portrayed a security guard in the film W.E., which was directed by Madonna and released in September 2011. In the same month, Isaac starred in the crime drama Drive. He also had a role in 10 Years, in which he played a musician. He performed his own song "Never Had" in the film. "Never Had" and "You Ain't Goin Nowhere" were included in the movie's soundtrack.

6.) He has made an appearance in the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He appeared as Romeo in the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" performances of Romeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona.In 2013, Isaac starred in the film Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by the Coen Brothers. Isaac played a folk singer in a drama set in Greenwich Village in 1960, and sang all his own numbers. The film won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

‘Inside Llewyn Davis' is now playing.

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