Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst Auditioned for the Lead Role in Inside Llewyn Davis

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Conor Oberst   sat down with Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac_ for Interview Magazine, and among other details in a fascinating conversation, Oberst revealed that he himself had auditioned for the title role in the Coen Brothers Golden Globe-nominated film.

“I know I told you this when we met,” Oberst said, “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.”

Isaac is a relatively new star, and it’s worth reading the whole interview both for his personal story and Oberst’s incisive questions. For our purposes, we’ll focus on the fact that Oberst had a shot at the role of Llewyn Davis, and suggest eight titles the Coens could have used if they had cast him.

1. Inside Conor Oberst: The Saddest Innards Ever

2. Inside Conor Oberst, or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground

3. I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (In the East Village of New York in the 1960s During the Big Folk Music Boom)

4. Cassadaga Nights

5. Inside Llewyn Davis, Whose Songs All Sound a Lot Like the Band Bright Eyes

6. Inside Conor Oberst: The Extended Talking-in-a-Studio-for-Three-Minutes-Intro-Track Edition

7. The Big Lebowski 2: Sensitive Urban Underachiever with a Guitar

8. Inside Conor Oberst: Going Back in Time to Destroy Folk Music at its Origin With Digital Ash in a Digital Urn Master Tapes

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