‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Tell the Truth About Folk Music and the Coen Brothers

Matt McDaniel
Yahoo Movies

"They do tell a good story, don't they, those boys?"

The stars of "Inside Llewyn Davis" — the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen — recently sat down with Yahoo Movies, and to hear them tell it, the traditions of folk music highlighted in the movie share many of the same qualities we've come to expect from the sibling team.

Music producer T-Bone Burnett, who previously worked on the soundtracks for the Coens' "O Brother Where Art Thou" and "The Big Lebowski," said the enduring appeal of folk music stems from it's honesty: "It's the truth of who we are, because it comes from the untrained voice and the untrained musician and the untrained writer who just tells the truth about his life."

Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Oscar Isaac, who portrays the title character and performs all his own music in the film, went on to say that the same deep interest in the common man in folk songs can also be found in the Coens' work. He said for the brothers, "It's not the genius; it's the guy just underneath who's been struggling and doesn't get that 'Okay.'"

The Coens themselves, however, do tend to get that "Okay," having received four Oscars so far. And "Inside Llewyn Davis" is sure to be in the running for major honors as we head into the awards season.

"Inside Llewyn Davis," which also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, and Justin Timberlake, is in out in limited release now, and will expand nationwide on Dec. 20.