Bright Eyes‘ Conor Oberst has revealed that he auditioned for the title role in the new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.
Speaking to the film’s eventual star Oscar Isaac in Interview magazine, via The Line Of Best Fit, Oberst tells Isaac that he auditioned for the part, adding “thank god” he didn’t get it. He commented: “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 say that they had more or less given up on the idea of finding someone. And then you appeared.”
The film is loosely based on The Mayor Of MacDougal Street, the posthumous memoir of Dave Van Ronk, a cult US folk artist who had connections with Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Inside Llewyn Davis won the second most prestigious prize, the Grand Prix Award, at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and according to Paddy Power it’s seventh favourite to take home the Best Picture gong at the Oscars with odds currently at 14/1. It gets a UK release on January 24, 2014.