Wow, who’s THAT guy!?

Actor Oscar Isaac in a Washington Post photo
Actor Oscar Isaac in a Washington Post photo

Sometimes like 30 takes of one song.  It was an intense process but I love the music, and I’d been playing them 100 times a day, so playing them 30 was fine.  I get obsessed with that kind of stuff.  -On the musical aspect of Inside Llewyn Davis

Who says America lacks young male talent?  Or that actors here want to be stars, and can’t play subtlety (like the Brits)?  Oscar Issac (b. 1980) shatters those stereotypes, and has fabulous curls, too!  He’s the star of the Coen brothers’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis. 

As the title character in Inside Llewyn Davis
As the title character in Inside Llewyn Davis

Isaac is aware that he looks “ethnically ambiguous.”   However, Isaac is an all-American guy who was “raised here all my life” (I was surprised to learn).  His father’s roots are in Israel, but he grew up in Cuba and DC; his mother hails from Guatemala.  Isaac can speak Spanish, sing, and play guitar.  (FYI: Carey Mulligan is also in Inside Llewyn Davis– yay!)

Isaac played Joseph in The Nativity Story
Isaac played Joseph in The Nativity Story

In 2006, Isaac (who graduated from Julliard) played Joseph opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes’ Mary in The Nativity Story.  I really enjoyed his humble, sweet, and low-key characterization.  

Isaac had a small, but crucial, role in Body of Lies
Isaac had a small, but crucial, role in Body of Lies

In 2008, Isaac acted opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies.  (Yes, this role was as a Middle Eastern, too.)  Bassam is a young family man with a love of American music; he helps Leo’s CIA agent get some intelligence in Jordan.  Isaac prefers dramatic roles, and imagines himself doing more of that, not necessarily action (The Bourne Legacy) or comedy. 

Issac as Price John in Robin Hood (2010)
Issac as Price John in Robin Hood (2010)

Check out that stunning profile!  I haven’t yet seen Robin Hood, which stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.  Below are links to two interviews I recently found about the actor.   

Isaac plays an incompetent criminal in the HBO film Pu-239 (2006)
Isaac plays an incompetent criminal in the HBO film Pu-239 (2006)

Mr. Media podcast interview (2008)

Recent Washington Post interview

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