Bright Eyes star Conor Oberst has revealed he auditioned for the lead role in The Coen Brothers' new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. The folk frontman was hoping to land his first acting role in the film, which is loosely based on the memoir of struggling cult singer Dave Van Ronk, but, after watching the finished product, he is happy to have lost the job to Hollywood newcomer Oscar Isaac.
Sitting down for a chat with Isaac for Interview magazine, he said, "I know I told you this when we met, but I tried out for your role in Inside Llewyn Davis - and thank God for everyone that I didn't get it. But they auditioned a lot of musicians and actors for this part, to the point where I heard the Coen brothers and T Bone Burnett (executive music producer) say that they had more or less given up on the idea of finding someone. And then you appeared."
During the interview, Isaac, who performed in a series of bands during his youth, admitted the acting gig allowed him to realise his musical dreams in front of a whole new audience.
He explained, "What was also interesting for me about playing those songs in those scenes was that, obviously, I needed to play this character, Llewyn Davis, who has a very particular voice and is playing a very particular style of music. But doing that was also an opportunity for me, Oscar, to be the musician that I'd always wanted to be as a kid - and to actually sing with that kind of honest voice that I'd always wanted to sing with."
Oberst got the chance to become involved in the film project by performing as part of the line-up for the Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis benefit concert in New York in September (13). The three-hour show, organised by the movie's directors Joel and Ethan Cohen and producer Burnett, also featured Patti Smith, Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers and Joan Baez, while Isaac and his movie co-star Carey Mulligan took the stage too.
Patti Smith, Jack White and Marcus Mumford joined forces on Sunday (29Sep13) to stage a three-hour concert in New York celebrating the folk music featured in new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and The Decemberists' Colin Meloy were also among the stars who performed at the special event, organised by the movie's directors Joel and Ethan Cohen and producer T Bone Burnett.
The show also included a collaboration between Mumford and folk legend Joan Baez, who teamed up to sing John Fahey's Give Me Cornbread When I'm Hungry.
The British star couldn't contain his excitement as Baez left the stage, exclaiming to the audience, "That's f**king Joan Baez, man! Everyone's been too cool to have one of those OMG (oh my god) moments."
The Mumford & Sons frontman went on to invite the movie's star, Oscar Isaac, into the spotlight to duet on Bob Dylan tracks I Was Young When I Left Home and Fare Thee Well, which feature on the film's score.
Mumford's actress wife, Carey Mulligan, also appeared on stage during the gig to perform Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby with Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens from another Coen Brothers movie soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Town Hall concert, titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, raised funds for the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
Carey Mulligan and John Goodman will be showing off their musical skills at a concert to celebrate the folk music from their new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Directors Joel and Ethan Coen and producer T Bone Burnett, who teamed up for the soundtrack of hit film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will stage the show at The Town Hall in New York City on 29 September 29 (13).
A portion of the proceeds from the gig, titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
Artists like Joan Baez, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Mulligan's husband Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Patti Smith and Jack White will also perform.