By Jack Rico
Latinos are still kicking ass into 2013. Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac will be starring (not playing an extra or doing the thug cameo with a line or two or any stereotypical roles that suggest the ignorance of casting directors) in the new Coen Bros. indie film “Inside Llewyn Davis” based on the life of musician Dave van Ronk, who played a part in the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene that played a large part in the New York folk scene of the ’60s.
We have the trailer for you to see Isaac in action. The film has shades of James Mangold’s ‘Walk the Line‘ starring Joaquin Phoenix (born in Puerto Rico, but not of Puerto Rican descent). From what I saw in the trailer, it looks depressing and heartbreaking. On the other hand, a great supporting cast led by Carey Mulligan (who worked with Isaac in Drive before), John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake give a reason to watch.
Isaac had a busy 2012 co-starring in Madonna’s W.E., Channing Tatum’s TEN, and Won’t Back Down which went nowhere. He was also working on a Spanish movie called Inertia written by Jaume Collet-Serra (directed Unknown, House of Wax, Orphan) and helmed by Gonzalo López-Gallego. Isaac told me at a junket that the project was defunct and not happening. He is, though, getting ready to do Mojave and has 3 other films in production: Memorial Day, The Two Faces of January, and Thérèse.
Van Ronk’s memoir “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” published a few years after his death, is part of the inspiration for the Coens’ script.
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