Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst Missed Out On 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Lead Role

Now this is an interesting tidbit of movie trivia: Conor Oberst has revealed that he auditioned for the lead role in folk music comedy-drama, Inside Llewyn Davis. Although the Coen Brothers eventually cast Oscar Isaac as the titular folk singer, Bright Eyes' singer Conor Oberst was reportedly considered for the role.

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Conor Oberst Auditioned For The Lead Role In 'Inside Llewyn Davis.'

"I know I told you this when we met, but I tried out for your role in Inside Llewyn Davis," Oberst told Isaac for Interview magazine. "Thank god for everyone that I didn't get it." Perhaps one of the main reasons Oberst failed to convince the Coen Brothers that he was best suited for the role was because of his non-existent acting C.V. which could have proved risky to take on in such a challenging lead role.

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Joel and Ethan Coen initially hoped to cast "a musician who could act" to play the singer Llewyn Davis, said to be loosely based on Dave Van Ronk. "They auditioned a lot of musicians and actors for this part," said Oberst, "to the point where I heard the Coen Brothers and [music supervisor] T Bone Burnett say that they had more or less given up on the idea of finding someone. And then you appeared," he told Isaac.

"Light and endearing, with constant comical touches." - Read our 'Inside Llewyn Davis' review.

The movie features the songwriter/actor Isaac in the lead role and focusses on Davis' life as a struggling folk musician trying to make his way at the height of folk music in 1961. Though it seems that the elements are against Davis and he is getting nowhere due to unresolved past mistakes and setbacks, he manages to stay focussed on his passion.

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The Bright Eyes Singer Was Gracious In His Rejection.

With the unbeatable Coen Brothers at the helm and T Bone Burnett in charge of musical direction, Inside Llewyn Davis is a finely rendered look at a pivotal time for folk music with good humour, stunning musical arrangements and a talented cast of Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund.

Having been released in the US on the 20th December, Inside Llewyn Davis will be released on the 24th January in the UK.


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