Feb 192014
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… The latest movie by Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis, is a lot like their other movies in which a guy endures a lot of terrible things happening to him. This one’s different though, in that this time, the guy seems to deserve it. Oscar Isaac plays — and sings — the role of Llewyn Davis, a homeless, former merchant marine trying to make it in the 1960s Greenwich Village music scene.

Since Isaac plays a folk singer in the new movie, we’ve invited him to answer three questions about filk music. That’s the sub-genre of music written by and for science fiction fans, sometimes in homage to their favorite characters and stories.

Transcript:
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
And now the game where people on the way up are reminded what it’s like down at the bottom, in a game called Not My Job. The latest movie by Joel and Ethan Coen, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” is a lot like their other movies in that a guy endures a lot of terrible things that happen to him.
This one’s different, though, in that this time the guy seems to deserve it. Oscar Isaac plays and sings the role of Llewyn Davis, and he joins us now. Oscar Isaac, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!
OSCAR ISAAC: Thanks, Pete, happy to be on.
SAGAL: Oh happy to have you. We got to see the movie in a screening. It’s terrific, as everybody will soon find out. You are terrific in it. I’m very interested in knowing what the role was described as, you know, because when these things go out, they say we’re looking for somebody who’s this. But what do they describe the role as?
ISAAC: Not Dylan was what it said at the bottom of the page.
SAGAL: Not Dylan.
ISAAC: This guy is not Dylan. He’s not the genius poet. This is the blue-collar workman.
SAGAL: Right, and part of his character, I don’t think I’m giving anything away here, he’s – at least he’s not very well liked by the people around him.
ISAAC: That’s accurate, yeah.
SAGAL: Yes. And is that something that they asked you to show right off? Can you be a bit of a jerk?
ISAAC: Well no, no, I mean, no. I think this is a guy who’s pretty disconnected, and, you know, he’s – life is squeezing him, and these are the noises that he’s making.
(LAUGHTER)
ISAAC: He’s too busy surviving to worry about things like empathy.
SAGAL: Right, kindness. Your co-star in this movie in an orange cat that you carry around a lot.
ISAAC: Yeah.
FAITH SALIE: Did you have any challenging moments with that cat, Oscar?
ISAAC: Every moment was a challenging moment.
(LAUGHTER)

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