Actor Oscar Isaac is on the verge superstardom. He has steadily been building a diverse repertoire of films. This month, his film Ten Years hit theaters and his latest film Won’t Back Down starring Viola Davis is now playing. quadrust.com caught of up with Oscar Isaac at the NY premiere of Won’t Back Down. Oscar plays a teacher and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s love interest. Check out what he had to say about working on the film and his upcoming projects:
Q: Tell us about you character:
Oscar Isaac: My role is the role of Michael Perry and I like this teacher because he comes from Teach For America, which is a group that takes high-performing college graduates and places them in troubled, poverty-stricken areas and schools that are very difficult. So these are people that are very enthusiastic about teaching and they have a lot to offer. And so he comes in with that energy, that positivity in trying to find new ways of getting the kids and uses music. And I play music so that was a really fun thing to play with.
Q: What are your thoughts about the protesters?
Oscar Isaac: Well, it’s great and I think that anything that stirs the dialogue, you would want that. The worst thing would be that this goes without causing anyone to talk. I think the more important thing is to see the movie first and then form an opinion even if it’s the same or even worse, but at least to see it because then you can really have a conversation.
Q: Did you feel uplifted about the chance of hope in schools by doing this movie?
Oscar Isaac: Yes, but more so the hope that people can get involved more and that although it does seem insurmountable…and you might fail often more often than not, but the fact that you still keep trying makes it really inspirational.
Q: Q: What was it like working with Director Daniel Barnz?
Oscar Isaac: He’s great. He was very passionate. A lot of emotion. You know, he comes from a family of teachers and so really knows what he’s talking about.
Q: Talk about your upcoming roles.
Oscar Isaac: I did the Coen Brothers film in which music was also involved. A lot of music is involved, which is fantastic. That will come out next year. It’s about a folk musician in the 1960’s.
Q: What’s it’s called?
A: Inside Llewyn Davis.
Q: Did you write any of the music in the Coen Brothers film?
A: Well, no because this is about a folk musician. I’m playing old songs, so old songs that are passed back down, I mean 15th or century 16th century England, you know, old folk songs.
Q: You have a beautiful voice. Can you talk more about music in your life?
Oscar Isaac: Yeah, I have played music since I was a kid, since I was very young and for a while I had to put that in the back burner while I focus on acting. And the fact that those things are converging right now is just great.
Q: You also starred alongside Ryan Gosling in Drive.
Oscar Isaac: I think he’s one of the great actors working right now and I think he’s fantastic and so getting to do those with him and collaborate with him is great.
Q: Was filming the violent scenes in Drive challenging?
Oscar Isaac: Not really, because you know, the violence is obviously is fake. And I grew up making a lot of violent movies and you know, Nicolas [Winding Refn] is kind of devious in that way. He does it so well, so that was actually really fun.