The Freewheelin’ Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac’s dark, brooding features and omnipresent 5’oclock shadow are offset by the gentleness of his soulful big brown eyes and disarming smile. The Latin-American actor utilizes this physical coalesce of intensity and every-man vulnerability in his latest role as Llewin Davis. Davis is a struggling musician navigating the wintry Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961 with a well-worn guitar and orange tabby cat in tow. Llewin Davis is a little bit selfish, a little bit cynical, and guileless he is a character wholly flawed who’s sole redeeming qualities are intertwined with the strings on his guitar. His extreme talent, passion and expressiveness seems to only appear when he begins to play his songs. Isaac brings a rough-around-the-edges earnestness, a keen intelligence and an authenticity to Davis that is at once earthy and transcendent. The Coen brothers drew inspiration for the character of Llewin Davis from The Mayor of MacDougal Street the memoir of one of the progenitors of folk music and Bob Dylan muse; Dave Van Ronk.