Conor Oberst was among the musicians who performed at the recent concert celebrating the Coen brothers’ latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, and its star-studded soundtrack. However, the Bright Eyes mastermind had been pining for a much bigger role.
Oberst recently spoke to the film’s star Oscar Isaac for a feature in Interview Magazine. During their conversation, Oberst revealed he in fact had auditioned for Isaac’s role, which is loosely inspired by village folk icon Dave Von Ronk.
“I know I told you this when we met,” Oberst confessed to Isaac, “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.”
You can read the interview in its entirety here. Below, watch the film’s official trailer, and try to imagine Oberst running after a cat. Weird, right?
While we have yet to see Oberst’s theatrical chops in action, the singer does appear in the film’s behind the scenes documentary, which aired on Showtime earlier this month. The special included footage of the release concert, and also featured artists such as Jack White, Patti Smith, The Avett Brothers, and Mumford and Sons’ Marcus Mumford.